Monthly Archives: August 2011

Be Nice, Irene!

For a variety of reasons, we made the difficult decision to remain in the city for the duration of the hurricane, though we continue to monitor its progress from here. Irene has been officially downgraded to a Tropical storm, yet … Continue reading

Posted in Nature • Animals, Smallpeace | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Batten Down the Hatches, My Pretties!

A hurricane’s a comin’! A hurricane’s a comin’! And on the heels of the biggest earthquake to have rocked New York since 1884, no less. Truly, such a confluence of natural disasters might (I said might) make certain people draw some … Continue reading

Posted in Nature • Animals, Smallpeace | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Farm Standin’: A Healthy August Sport

In times of stress, I try to return to simple happiness. Simple beauty. Simple pastimes. Simple chores. Simple food. It never seems to fail me, and it is calming and nourishing in the most delightful way. As August ripens toward … Continue reading

Posted in Simple Happiness, Smallpeace | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

There and Back Again: A Magical Adventure

Once upon a time there was a woman who lived in a quiet rural village, where no one believed in magic. She tried to make due by making up stories and talking to the animals. But such amusements only last … Continue reading

Posted in Nature • Animals | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

“I Hate Zucchini” Salad Recipe

So I’m standing at a farm table, reach over and pick up the biggest zucchini I’ve ever seen. I don’t stop there. I move to the yellow squash section and throw a few into my basket for good measure. When … Continue reading

Posted in Eat • Drink • Play, Smallpeace | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Recipe for a Fabulous Weekend

• 2 glasses of chilled Lillet If you are not familiar, this is my new passion. A brand of French aperitif wine, Lillet blanc is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillion, and Muscadelle and macerated citrus liqueurs, including sweet oranges … Continue reading

Posted in Eat • Drink • Play, Smallpeace | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Ode to Soft Days and E.E. Cummings

This past Saturday was what the Irish affectionately call a “soft day,” one in which the rain arrives early in the form of a gentle mist, and remains longer than expected, soaking the landscape. On days like this, it’s easy … Continue reading

Posted in Odes to Common Things, Smallpeace | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments