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Happy Spring! I received five pounds of dirty ramps last week and I couldn't be happier! Ramps are an ultimate springtime treat.

I have found that ramps keep better if they are not cleaned until ready to consume. Below are a few that I just prepared for tonight's dinner.

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I posted a diary on January 18th titled "wooden crates of hyacinths - the joy of forcing". In that diary, I had shown approximately fifty hyacinth bulbs that I had just removed from a six-week period of complete darkness. I was asked at that time to show the hyacinths when they bloomed and I have also been contacted since then to show them.

Here are the bulbs the last time they were shown in the public eye. They had good root systems going and about an inch of top growth

Currently several bulbs are now past their prime and I have already removed their blooms, yet some are just beginning to open. I believe the majority are at peak right now. All photographs were taken this afternoon. So without further adieu, I present the same hyacinths and other type of bulbs in the same order that I had presented them last time.

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The Basilica Cistern is truly a remarkable and unforgettable site. It is located in the historical peninsula of Istanbul and was built during the reign of Emperor Justinianus in the 6th century, the age of glory for Eastern Rome.
The media has used the cistern in the 1963 James Bond movie From Russia With Love, the 2009 movie The International, as well as novels, Crescent Dawn, and video games, Assassin's Creed: Revelations.

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I almost missed this shining jewel, Orto Botanico, located on a back street in Florence, Italy. My friend and I had been traveling for almost three weeks at this point. We could no longer continue washing clothes in a hotel sink so we set out to find a laundromat. Pulling our roller suitcases (these have just been banned in Venice!), I was busy taking photographs of intriguing exterior scenes. Suddenly my friend said with a hint of regret in his voice that I might be interested in a poster that we had just passed

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this winter I forced so many hyacinth bulbs that I had to corrall them into wooden crates to keep a bit of order.

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Yoko Ono's Wish Tree for Peggy Guggenheim is located in Peggy's Venice, Italy garden. It is adjacent to the burial spot of Peggy and her many beloved pets.

Magic Wish Tree is affectionately dedicated to Peggy Guggenheim. Peggy met Yoko Ono when she and John Cage visited Japan. Yoko was their cicerone, and they remained friends for the remainder of Peggy’s life.

left -Yoko Ono (b.1933), Wish Tree Venice 2003, To Peggy with Love x Yoko, Albero dei desideri Venezia 2003, A Peggy da Yoko con affetto, 2003, Live olive tree / Ulivo

right- Yoko, John Cage and Peggy - 1962 Photo by Yasuhiro Yoshioka

The Japanese artist Yoko Ono has often declared that: “All my works are a form of wishing.” As a child in Japan, Ono would go to temple and write out a wish on a piece of thin paper and tie it in a knot around the branch of a tree. Trees in temple courtyards were always filled with people’s wish knots, which resembled white flowers blossoming from afar. Ono has completed a number of art works on this theme including Wish Piece, 96’ in which she specifies: “Make a Wish, Write it down on a piece of paper. Fold it and tie it around a branch of a Wish Tree. Ask your friends to do the same. Keep wishing until the branches are covered with wishes.” 
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Fri Nov 28, 2014 at 10:21 AM PST

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by Missys Brother

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I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.
Due to the weather this morning in New England - cold and windy, there wasn't much going on at the Sunday flea market. I decided to stop at the Nathan Hale Cemetery in Coventry on my way back home. I thought you might enjoy seeing a few photographs I took.

The Nathan Hale Cemetery is located in a very historic neighborhood on Lake Wangumbaug in Coventry, Connecticut.

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He was 98 when he passed away and had been our town's historian. He was the author of three local history books and he had donated his huge American Native artifact collection to a local museum. He mapped all our town cemeteries, presented public educational programs and taught elementary school children. He lived a road over from me and our paths continuously crossed.

He drove me around showing where old holes were actually the remains of early house foundations including one from the 1660 period where the first white man to own my property, as part of his larger holdings, built his first house. We found handmade chimney bricks in the hole that I will always cherish as a bridge to these earlier humans. He grew flax and made hearth brooms. He wrote documentation for some local important historical items that I own. I would call him asking for information that I knew I could find nowhere else. He was a friend and passed away a few years back. His widow has just been put in a rest home as she recently broke her hip.

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Because of some current events, I think this piece is very appropriate for July 4th. The introduction by Leonard Bernstein to the piece is a beautiful answer to the question "What is American Music?"

Aaron Copland conducting the New York Philharmonic in "Fanfare for the Common Man" on February 1, 1958.


I have three rescues - two dogs and a cat. You can see above that they are all best friends. One is a six year old retired racing male greyhound who was rescued, abused and then rescued again. The male cat is seven years old and showed up at our backdoor wanting to live with us when he was just a kitten. And then there is Lucy who I saved from being put to sleep. Lucy is an eight-year old pitbull and is just about the sweetest little girl I've ever known. Now to explain below what happened.

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New pictures of tooth below.

I have no idea which animal this might have belonged to but it is approximately 4 inches long. It appears to have been a tusk? Maybe from a wild hog or wildcat? I have no idea. It was found in a creek in south central Kentucky this past Monday. A few miles from the Tennessee border.
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