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Going not gentle into that middle age.

Archive for June, 2006

Seeing Images

Posted: Tuesday, June 13th, 2006 @ 3:30 pm in I Want to Believe | No Comments »

Jonathan Jones has written an article in the Guardian, Old Masters, discussing a 27,000-year-old cave painting from Angoulême, France. He reports that the “[a]rchaeologists have discovered what they believe to be a 27,000-year-old drawing of a face, which would make it the oldest in history.” He then goes on to compare the drawing to the […]

Communing with Sweat

Posted: Friday, June 9th, 2006 @ 6:06 pm in Black Thumb Gardening | No Comments »

Yesterday I spent 2 1/2 hours digging out half of the fern jungle that was threatening to swallow the driveway, pulling out blackberry brambles that some idiot planted in a former life, trimming bushes that had died last winter, and listening to the neighborhood drunk rag on about how the Russians and the Poles are […]

Black Thumb Gardening

Posted: Tuesday, June 6th, 2006 @ 5:41 pm in Black Thumb Gardening | 2 Comments »

There are folks who love to post photos of their gorgeous gardens full of perfect, colorful flowers and perfect, ripe vegetables and perfect, green lawns and bushes and trees. They gush about how their lives are more meaningful because they garden. They speak wistfully of the next time they can tear themselves away from their computers to rush outside and pull that single pesky weed that somehow snuck into Eden, repot that lush herbal basil plant that has now grown too large for its container, add compost and earthworms to the already rich soil to nourish the new crop of veggies they’re about to plant, build a stone wall to define a special area of hanging plants and rhododendrons, or put in a pond for the Koi that will add ambience to the peaceful idyll of their garden. I am not one of those.