Posts made in October, 2015

Embrace the Dark

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in fall, holiday, Unmowed Blog | 2 comments

Embrace the Dark

It’s coming—it’s almost here. The end of Daylight Savings. The time of darkness. The sun is low by three p.m., setting by four. You drive home in darkness. The night seems to last forever. Can’t wait. No, really. I love this dark time of year. It’s the way things are supposed to work. Darkness is supposed to come, to give us a rest from the light. Darkness is nature’s way of telling us it’s time to slow down. Time to rest, time to sleep, time to heal. Dark evenings are for sitting and thinking. Dark nights are for goofing around on Facebook, or binge-watching The Walking Dead, or whatever...

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Prickly Pear: Handle With Care

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in edible, environment, fall, plant parts, Unmowed Blog | 2 comments

Prickly Pear: Handle With Care

Prickly pear cactus. A quiet, well-behaved plant, as house-plants go. These guys have been living meekly in their pots for more than twenty years—just getting taller and taller. They’re in an upstairs room, and I keep forgetting to water them, and every six months or so I go upstairs with a watering pot, fully expecting to find shriveled corpses. But prickly pear is a plant that’s hard to kill. This spring, I decided to take pity on the poor things and let them enjoy a pleasant summer soaking up the sun on the front porch. As I maneuvered one of the lanky plants down the stairs and out...

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