Monthly Movie for September

By , September 13, 2019

Wednesday, I shot the September monthly movie in the 7:00 a.m. hour. I adore the stillness before full sunrise, and couldn’t resist recording it.

I filmed just before the weather turned wet. Within hours, light rain showers began. That’s good—we’ve enjoyed warm sunny weather, but we really need the moisture!

If you listen carefully, you can hear the sound of spruce cones hitting our metal roofs, as squirrels harvest the cones (see The Squirrels Are Going Nuts!). They’ve made quite a racket these last few days, focusing their greatest efforts on early morning and late evening sessions.

In Defense of Kale

By , September 8, 2019

The Kale Backlash has begun.

I don’t follow trends, generally speaking, so please forgive the distinct lack of back story here. All I know is that some time ago, somehow, kale got to be a big nutritional deal in the U.S.A.

Americans do this, making a particular aspect of food a fad; consider chlorophyll in the ’50s, more recently oat bran, red wine and the like. Each “big deal” becomes a marketing trend, finding its way into the least likely products. Right now, kale almost rivals “gluten free” as the hip nutritional byword/phrase.

And, of course, with the enthusiasm, comes the backlash, mostly from people who don’t like the “hot” item. Such as kale. A lot of people don’t like it, or assume they won’t should they ever try it.

So, who better to defend kale than I, an admitted kale skeptic?


Some of Michelle’s kale (dinosaur? I think?) (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger.)

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