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From Fly Creek

From Fly Creek
  • Thinking of Shanksville

    September 13, 2012

  • Great, echoing space!

    All that wonderful space is now in our garage, barn, and basement, which all look so much bigger and better than before.

    August 30, 2012

  • Hamlet news; plus cat-patting

    August 16, 2012

  • 'Now trust me on this ...'

    The Crier doesn’t have a food column, but I’ve shared a few recipes with you over the years. Perhaps you’ll remember “Cooking Your Own Goose,” and the varied formulae for a Fly Creek martini. Well, 10 summers ago I shared a barbecued grilled chicken that’s become a staple for Anne and me when we get into really hot weather around here — like now. And so, here it is again.

    August 2, 2012

  • From Fly Creek: Dr. Massey, martyr by mistake

    Last column I told you about a sobering discovery as I carried forward an attempted clean sweep of debris from my desk. It was the 1814 Will of my Great-greatgreat- grandfather Owings in which he distributed among his heirs, and along with other kinds of chattel, a whole list of slaves, men, women, and children.

    July 24, 2012

  • From Fly Creek: Chattel: tangible property other than land

    I’m hoeing out my desk, top and file-drawer contents, a task easier than Hercules had with the Augean stables, but maybe not much.

    July 5, 2012

  • From Fly Creek: Proud to be in the big parade

    Tim Wiles urged me on. “You’ll get a column out of it,” he said. “Just get on a search engine and give it your own name.”

    June 22, 2012

  • From Fly Creek: ‘Be a Mensch!’

    I’ll bet you’ll remember the TV ad, and the man singing the song, too. Scrawny, homely, he was standing under running water, half draped by the shower curtain, warbling away in a shaky voice that evoked the late Slim Pickins.

    June 7, 2012

  • From Fly Creek: For help with the smug

    I’ve been having much fun lately, friends, writing a short book called “Saints for Special Needs,” completely  fictional characters whomight get us thinking about humanity—and ourselves, in particular. Here’s a sample. Let me know your reaction. (Oh, and I have a fine cartoonist to illustrate the book!) [Almost every culture has a place for “the wise fool,” the vacant sort of person who, in fact, has a witty and trenchant view of humanity, and may even see into its future.]

    May 24, 2012

  • From Fly Creek: Revving up for spring

    Time to bring you up to date on Fly Creek’s happy clambering into Spring. First, the eatery scene. “Is Jerry’s open yet?” The answer is, “Oh, yes!” The porches are freshly stained; the lawns a uniform green, and the hop vines are already climbing the posts on the covered side deck. Blue and I went up there to lunch earlier this week, and I celebrated spring with my traditional bacon, onion and Swiss cheese hamburger. We two sat on the deck, enjoying the broad view and some spectacular clouds marching across, up toward Schuyler Lake.

    May 11, 2012