Monthly Archives: September 2013

Games: Zertz

Aidan stays with us on Thursdays. We unearthed a game called Zertz from the cellar. I can admit here that we were having so much fun that I forgot it was a school night and I let him stay up … Continue reading

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Games: Flirting

Ah, the Game of Love! Lady Anne Boelyn flirts with Henry VIII, trusting in the power of her pheromones. Little does she realize what a risky game it is!

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Games: Fencing

Charles Brandon takes a licking in a fencing match as the Ambassador from France looks on.

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Games: Jousting

Henry VIII looks on as two of his knights compete on the field of honor. When I became enamored of Arthurian lore after reading “The Once and Future King” as a freshman in high school, I never dreamed that I’d … Continue reading

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Games: Falconry

It was, at one time, the “sport of kings.” These birds are no longer used for sport–they have been injured and cannot be returned to the wild.

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Countryside: Paper Goods Pond

No series on the countryside would be complete without my own countryside: my beloved Paper Goods Pond.

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Countryside: Coomnakilla

This is the view from the back porch at my mother’s place in upstate New York. It’s about 20 minutes from Cooperstown; other than that, near nothing. It was my parents’ second home, bought in 1979. They had 76 acres … Continue reading

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Countryside: Labrador

This is the countryside in Labrador: stark headlands, ocean, fog and icebergs.

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Countryside: View from Sleeping Giant

This is the countryside in my neck of the woods: a view from the chest of the Sleeping Giant. This is one of the higher points of the traprock ridge that runs across Connecticut. The mountain looks like a sleeping … Continue reading

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Night/Dusk: Tree and Moon

An evergreen, the moon, the last glow of an expiring day: evening distilled.

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