Imitation is indeed the truest form of flattery and whenever I see his wife out hanging clothes from the clothesline, or catch him riding his tractor down the half mile of road that divides his farmstead in two I always make a point to stop and roll down my window for a chat and tell them just how lovely the place looks and catch up on the health of his new calves or the quality of her homespun wool that they sell from the wooden stand in their driveway. It took days before their dread and curiosity was relieved. I saw her live at the Orpheum in Vancouver years ago before my wife and I were going together. That simple inquiry set my mind off into a world that I had never inhabited before, but that farm and the subsequent unfolding of events chapter after chapter became very real to me for the two or three weeks that it took for her to complete the tale in a room that smelled like sour milk and sneakers. We're with Fern when she disagrees with her daddy. -----------------------------------------------------, Mail to: In a way, by going back in time, we have somehow guaranteed ourselves a place in the future. OPERATORS ARE WAITING – HARDSCRABBLE. It’s my earliest recollection of the emotion to be found in words. A few of them have been tagging along with family, others readers of the blog that simply wanted to see what we were up to at this time of the year and it has been a treat to host them and to have them pitch in with the multitude of tasks we’ve had to accomplish; stacking firewood for the arch, tapping the furthest runs, firing up the evaporator and making syrup for our customers. A small one, to be sure, but nevertheless a pig. It snowed all day yesterday and when I woke up this morning there was still a steady, downward fall of flakes the size of moths. Then, of course, weâll move on to the next thing and then the thing after that, the endless and cycling progression of the seasons and the changes that they bring with them. Keep on truckin. The branches of the white pines down along the wetlands bowed so low under the weight of it it gives the impression that the trees are trying to lay themselves down at the end of a very long Winter. Keep it up, my hat’s off! As a result, she now has a pig. She’d let us out of our assigned desks and we’d sit on the floor by her feet while she settled herself in front of us with the book spread on her ample lap, her sturdy old ladies shoes rooted, soles down, on the floor in front of us like the roots of a tree. As I have gotten older I am forced to look back on these, and remember it could have always been worse. by Total silence, broken by a small voice: “He’s coming back, isn’t he?” “You’ll have to listen and find out” was my wife’s reply. But your writing man. There was close to a foot or better rising straight up from the surface of whatever remained out when it began. It snowed all day yesterday and when I woke up this morning there was still a steady, downward fall of flakes the size of moths. I will forever remember the opening scene of the novel, Fern sitting in the early morning kitchen with her mother asking the question, “Where’s Papa going with that ax?”. I forget the music teacher’s name but he would cue up the stereo and tune in to a station that played symphonies. Each drop is precious so extra care is taken with every pour so that as much of the treeâs lifeblood is conserved from the spile to bottle. He has been spared from certain death and has seen the other side of the mountain. One of the best book quotes from Mr. Arable, “Can I have a pig, too, Pop?” asked Avery. Box 1520, Then, of course, we’ll move on to the next thing and then the thing after that, the endless and cycling progression of the seasons and the changes that they bring with them. had my credit card ready but was told that an invoice would accompany the order and just send a check–the honor system. I’d buy some Syrup but worry that it might be a hassle at border. Their scholastic program back then wasn’t much, you can only wonder when Mr. Chisari, the vice-principal gets his daughter elected homecoming queen. THIS DAY IN HISTORY – Alaskan earthquake triggers massive tsunami – 1946, “This Is Not A Russian Hoax”: ‘Nonpublic Information’ Debunks Letter From ’50 Former Intel Officials’, Conservatism Now Means Defeating the Establishment, THIS DAY IN HISTORY – Three members of the southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd die in a Mississippi plane crash – 1977, Treason In America: An Overview Of The FBI, CIA, And Matters Of “National Security”, Social Media Trying to Destroy our Freedom, Check Out These Eight Beautiful Travel Posters For America’s Democrat-Controlled Cities, Trump Slams “Idiot” Dr. Fauci: “Every Time He Goes On TV It’s A Bomb…But There’s A Bigger Bomb If You Fire Him”, Pictorial Essay: 9 Things You Can’t See With Your Naked Eye.