Indy 500 In My Blood
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Indy 500 In My Blood

A. J. Foyt was a multiple-year winner of the Indy 500 and I remember one year when I was maybe 7 or 8 years old watching on TV as he went into the winner’s circle and someone handed him a glass bottle of milk, of which he took a swig and poured the rest over his head. This made no sense to me at all. I turned to my dad and asked him, “Why is he drinking milk? If I’d just driven that race and I was really thirsty at the end of it I wouldn’t want to drink milk! I’d want a Coke!”

My dad’s reply? “I don’t know, why don’t you ask him?”

Apples to Applesauce
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Apples to Applesauce

These days my applesauce is better than ever. I’ve not added any kind of sugar or syrup to my applesauce (other than the red-hots) since I first started making my own in college, because the apples I use are plenty sweet enough. The simplest applesauce is merely a combination of apples and water – – what kind of apples depends on what’s available and personal tastes. My own favorite varieties are Fuji, Jonathan and Honeycrisp, but Gala and Red Delicious make perfectly good applesauce or you can add some green apples for a finish that’s more tart.

Dancing Leaves
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Dancing Leaves

No doubt the trees have been more relieved than usual to release their leafy burdens this year, and the leaves even moreso to relinquish their duties on behalf of their woody parental stems and trunks. As the truck moved along the road in front of me this morning, keeping to the 20-mile-per-hour speed limit, the leaves covering the road it crossed were ecstatic in the dance that they danced for my eyes only.

May Musings
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May Musings

The birth of my daughter meant that I got to celebrate Mother’s Day, also in May, but then May got really and truly crowded when my son was born on May 10th. So now we had mom and dad’s anniversary on May 8th, Robbie’s birthday on May 10th, my and my ex’s anniversary on May 12, and Mother’s Day tended to get lost in the shuffle, even falling some years on the same day as Robbie’s birthday and so I often had to swallow my chops and take a back seat while my ex would smile and say, “Every day is Mother’s Day!” and I didn’t slap him.

Ode to Feathers
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Ode to Feathers

Each one has its place, position and job to fill while still attached to the body that grows them. Each one has at least one partner, of a very different shape, structure and position, that helps it to feel what’s needed by the body in this moment, and the next, and the next. They come in Every. Single. Color of the rainbow, but all colors are not made equal, nor is any color perceived equally.

A Local Treasure
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A Local Treasure

The home and surrounding property that I share with my partner Tom is not only several miles from the nearest large city (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), it is also somewhat isolated from the other homes around us. Our driveway opens onto the single road that traverses the neighborhood, and we can see passers-by from our front…

porch
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Porches, Part 3: Life on the Big Screen

Marvelous creatures make their way to both sides of our screened porch in a never ending parade of beauty and variety. Our outdoor porch is made entirely of screen except for the wall where it meets the house, the roof, and the wooden framing that holds everything together. A total of 66,156 square inches of…

A Reliable Frog
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A Reliable Frog

For most of July a small frog has been holding vigil over the front door every day and under the porch light every night. We have come to know each other’s habits and routines, getting more comfortable together with each passing day. The boards of the board-and-batten siding around the front door reach from ground…