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We will have our syrup

Cold nights; warm days. The forest is speaking to us in sugar. Long ago, during a late winter ski week in New Hampshire, my father took me down the road to visit Mr. Lucy’s sugarhouse. At one time, the Lucy family had owned and farmed much of the Saco River valley land on the west … Continue reading


March: A Furry, Feral Month

The Philadelphia Inquirer Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 3:01 AM By Todd R. Nelson It is 4 in the morning. My mind is a blank page. Our dogs are insisting that something unusual is taking place out in the moonlit yard. I peer out the front door at a long-tailed shadow dancing on a crusty … Continue reading