Every spring, to ensure a steady supply of brilliant yellow-yoked eggs and feathered playmates for our grandchildren to carry around and chat with, we replace the few spent hens carried off by our local bobcats. Whereas once my lovely, cultivated wife listed Henri Bendel as her favorite shopping experience, after two decades in Vermont she’s hooked on Tractor Supply where every spring she chooses our new fuzzy brood on chick day. It’ll be a few months yet before they’re accepted by the older biddies and begin to lay eggs. But chirps we have now, as each spring evening the vast chorus of peepers around the pond peeps us to sleep.
May Book Readings and Appearances
This month, I will be at Next Chapter Books in Barre on Sunday, May 19th at 2:00 pm and also at Northshire Books in Manchester on May 25th at 6:00 pm. when I’ll engage audiences in one of my favorite topics: “Do you have a book in you?”
As an author or eight fictional works–both self-published and traditionally published, I’ll answer questions about the work of writing and the new business of publishing.
Read Me A Story
Read me a story is a new feature on my website. Tired of screen time? Ever just wanna have someone read you a story like when you were young? Kick back, put your feet up, have a glass of wine or beer, and let me read you one of the ten stories on my site. Try it out. More stories will be coming soon.
What I’m Reading Now
I’ve just finished reading Phyllis Rose’s excellent new biography of my great uncle Alfred Stieglitz, the renowned photographer and champion of European impressionist artists at the turn of the last century. Unlike the definitive biography by my cousin Sue Davidson Lowe, Rose’s story isn’t exhaustive but it offers greater context to Stieglitz’s life, winding him into the cultures and countercultures of the eras he lived through. I have always been ambivalent about Stieglitz, perhaps because of his propensity to render such harsh judgments about his peers. Perhaps his greatest contribution to the art world may be less his own work than his championship of other artists, such as Steichen, O’Keeffe, Strand, Rodin, Matisse and others and his success at getting the painterly world of art to accept photography as an artform.
What is this Tool?
This old tin skimmer tool fascinated me when I first saw it – probably more its shell-like shape and lovely feel in one’s hand than my sense that I couldn’t do without it in the kitchen. These were typically used to skim solids off of bone broths and other stew-like dishes. It could also be used a sieve when pouring off waste liquid and preserving the food solids. We use it often and I still love its feel in my hand.