I’ve been tinkering again with The Book, and one of the rabbit holes that research dropped me into prompted the discovery that Swissvale (where I attended high school) and nearby Swisshelm Park were named after Jane Swisshelm, journalist, abolitionist, and all-around bad-ass. The Wikipedia entry on her notes she wrote an autobiography called “Half a […]
Ever since I participated in a fungi hike at Rural Action, I spend a lot of my time watching the forest floor for interesting mushrooms. I’m going to use this page to keep a running list of the ones I’ve found and identified. The iNaturalist app has been invaluable in helping me keep track of […]
I spent last weekend in Pittsburgh visiting family and meeting my niece’s amazing baby boy. While I was in town, I also wanted to do a little research on The Book I’ve been grappling with, but time was short. To make the most of it, I took my bike along for the trip and rode […]
We’re standing in front of a 4-foot mound of debris beside the railroad tracks in Newark, Ohio. Jeff Gill, our guide, tells us he caught two kids huffing here once, and during that encounter he wondered if this pile of detritus might be something more, something that once was part of the ancient Newark Earthworks. […]
We took advantage of the exceptional weather during the past week to ride the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway over to Devil’s Kettle, where I indulged my love of their Gallatea Dunkel. Great time. Great ride. Love this photo of Lara and Noah rolling over a bridge across the Hocking River on our way to the brewery […]
Not sure why it took this long, but I finally got back on the water. Yesterday was perfect. Breezy. Low humidity. Sunny. I went up to Stroud’s Run and circumnavigated Dow Lake. Despite the fact it was high noon, I saw a good bit of wildlife: an osprey, several blue herons, an otter and a […]
Sydney takes a break from being evil to preen.
That silver tray. Next to the fabulous Ricardo Cate’ artwork. A closer look reveals … a beatific rack of ribs, bristling with spices. Yup. Ribs above the fridge. WTF? Well. This. We again have a creature capable of looking our meat eye-to-eye when it’s sitting on a table of non -large-breed-scale. We already lost a tenderloin […]