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25 Sep 2021

FRIED DEEPLY

Deep frying is when you stick something in a vat of really hot oil. Apparently, you can deep fried anything, even ice cream. Anything you want crunchy and oily on the outside. Deep fried chicken and fish are pretty standard along with Twinkies, cookies, deep fried soda and my favorite, deep fried lard. Some people think it’s not healthy, but that’s what they used to say about butter, red meat and mercury. Just keep eating want you want until you […]

24 Sep 2021

FOR OUTDOORSY COUCH POTATOES

Not all couch potatoes sit in dimly lit rooms eating chips in stained sweatshirts. (I do, but I’m not going there.). There are actually fitness-crazy couch potatoes who’ve taken the sport outdoors. Instead of bingeing on NetFlix in a stuffy living room, they do their potato thing outside where they binge on air and sunlight. Some have taken their sport to new heights, hauling their couches to the top of mountains, neatly trimming all the grasses around it and then […]

23 Sep 2021

MORNING BLAHS

I don’t usually post selfies but sometimes I just want to express how I feel some mornings. A little sluggish, tired and ready to stay in bed. There are days when I’m, like… ya know, um, I dunno, just not there for some reason. I go out for a walk and don’t seem to go anywhere. My mind is a blank, empty, missing. I need a good dose of something, but can’t remember what.

22 Sep 2021

RAIN GEAR

When it rains and you are outside, you get wet, unless you are prepared or innovative. I find the best way to stay dry when it is raining is to stay inside. But that is not always feasible. Sometimes we need to get and cross the road, maybe to chase a chicken. You can get raincoats from about $8 to hundreds of dollars. You can even get some that come 100 per box at about 50รง apiece. You may need […]

21 Sep 2021

PIG HARVEST TIME

New Jersey is well known for its peaches and tomatoes but not as well known for its pork. As far as I know, there aren’t many giant hog farms in the state with huge lakes full of pig shit, but that doesn’t mean the garden state doesn’t do pigs, primarily the veggie kind. Maybe it’s why we are called the Garden State instead of the pig shit state. NJ has the perfect climate for growing Suidaeum trees. These are fairly […]

20 Sep 2021

TOMATL- The Swelling Fruit

Tomatoes, (tomatl in Nathuati) come to us from South and Central America where the Aztecs used them for bloody Tonantzins. They were also used to rate performances. A zero rating was the best. The rating was based on how many tomatl were thrown at the performers. Tomatoes are a fruit, a berry, a juicy berry at that. You can mash it up and drink it. Sometimes with vodka. But noooooo. Americans call it a vegetable because it is served with […]

19 Sep 2021

SELF PORTRAIT

I don’t often post self portraits of my self. That’s not to say I don’t take them. I just don’t post them. I don’t know how the beauty filters work for men. But every once in a while I get a selfie that is worthy, flattering, chick-magnetizing and a delight for anyone to cast their gaze upon. A selfie that just screams. A selfie that would look great on a dating website. A selfie I can’t believe is me I […]

18 Sep 2021

EMERGING ARTISTS

I sometimes wonder why there seem to be a lot of artists in Frenchtown. I discovered why after some recent rains. It turns out they are native. Many of them are still in the early aquatic larval stage and are unrecognizable, but as they grow and mature you can tell what they are. At a certain point in their development they suddenly lose their gills and rise to the surface. It can be a difficult process suddenly losing your ability […]

17 Sep 2021

HISTORIC PHOTO

There was a time when horses ruled the street. Lashed to carts and trained to drag them around. I came across this historic photo recently. I am not sure how far it dates back. Maybe to the very early years of photography. The hand coloring is amazing. You’d think this was a modern photograph. Back when it was taken, photography was modern. Advanced. State of the art. This gives us insight into times long gone. I can only see a […]

16 Sep 2021

ONCE PINK

Flamingoes are a lovely bird. Especially pink ones. I can’t think of many pink birds, especially around here We got red, and blue and yellow but no pink. Flamingoes get their color from the food they eat. Food such as diatoms, algae, tiny mollusks and crustaceans. Flamingoes are not native to this area but many people keep them as pets. I see them often standing in people’s yards. Most flamingo owners know about the pink thing and buy special food […]