Golden harbinger of spring

The winter aconite is always the first sign of spring in my garden in Great Barrington, even before the snowdrops, and definitely before the robins. The snowbanks are gradually melting, but the lawn and garden remain covered in snow. I planted tiny aconite bulbs in the wooded bank that gets afternoon sun, and they provide a sweep

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10 Favorite Tech Tools

Order is part of the good life, and I confess to a life-long obsession with getting organizing. I still have my copy of the first modern bestseller on time management, How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life, which I bought when it first came out in 1973. (Bill Clinton bought it, too,

  • Appalachian Trail


I make lists and I make resolutions. And I make them all the time, not just on December 31st.This summer I resolved to become a hiker – or, in British parlance, a “good walker.” I live in the right place. The Appalachian Trail runs through the town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and winds back and

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Happy Bags in Japan

I’ll be writing soon about my amazing two day trip to Japan this past weekend, but for now thought I would post a picture I took in Tokyo.

  • Pegboard

Computer dictation tips, a homemade ice pack, and a warning about yaktrax

I’m one of the many casualties of the Winter of 2014, dealing with the aftermath of a FOOSH – a Fracture On Out Stretched Hand. The upside is that I’ve learned a lot about voice recognition software and about occupational therapy. I’ve learned to use  Dragon Dictation (free version) on my iPad and  Microsoft Windows Speech Recognition

This Sporting Life

My mother, the bowling league champ and Sierra Club hiker, still looks bemused when I talk about sports. She doesn’t think she’s ever participated in sports, and she no more associates me with sports than with diamond mining. As a child I stayed inside to read. In junior high I used a broken leg as

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