For the last half hour, the deer have been madly racing back and forth across the drive, first to the east and then back to the west.  Perhaps they are attempting to decide where to shelter from the storm that is a’comin’.

Eastern seaboard Governors have been going on the… Read full post »

Waking early, sunlight danced off the creek while the geese sailed up it, as if there were no concerns in the world. All day, it was bright and sunny. Now, as I sit down to write, the light is beginning to fade and the temperature is about to plummet. Another storm… Read full post »

Night has fallen in Claverack, deep, dark night, the kind where you can see nothing outside your windows.  Jazz plays in the background.  It is chill but not as chill as it will be; tomorrow the temperature will plunge to 9 degrees and the lows will be that or lower for… Read full post »

It is a day when the sun has been sparkling off the ice on the drive.  I knew it was four o’clock because the deer wandered across the yard in their daily pilgrimage. The setting sun, still bright, is casting long tree shadows outside my windows.

I am freshly back… Read full post »

Today’s blog post will, of necessity, be short.  I had a meeting at three today and spent the day prepping for that and when it was over, found myself doing what many a person in the northern part of the country does, thinking about a warm weather vacation. 

Intending… Read full post »

Last night I finished dinner earlier than I had expected and before the State of the Union speech so I headed to the Café du Soleil and secured a place at the bar to watch as several years ago I cut the cord and do not have cable in either the… Read full post »

Waking to the sounds of the city this morning, I sipped coffee while listening to the beep beep beep of trucks backing up on the street outside the apartment.  After the quiet of the countryside, it was interesting to be surrounded by the urban roar.

This is the closing week… Read full post »

The sun is setting in New York City, the world outside turning grey and dark.  I am back at the apartment for the first time in a week, settling in for a few days in the city.

It is Martin Luther King Day and I came into the city to… Read full post »

It is a quietly miserable day in Claverack.  When I woke yesterday the temp was 8 degrees; when I woke this morning it was nearly 38 and a steady, dank rain has been making an icy mess of the driveway.  All through the Northeast, the roads are reportedly terrible.

I… Read full post »

The bitter cold has continued.  My kitchen faucet is still dripping steadily to keep it from freezing up.  The kitchen cupboards are kept open and the house is steadily warm.  All day yesterday, I burned logs in the Franklin stove, warming the house.

I went to have my hair cut… Read full post »

The setting sun is casting golden slashes of light across my snow-covered drive. The day is ending, a little later than yesterday. The days are growing slightly longer and I can see it, here at my desk, working, caught here almost every night about the time the sun begins to set.… Read full post »

The sun has nearly set here in Claverack. The western sky is tinged with pink, which gives me hope for good weather tomorrow. It has been brutally cold here though not the kind of cold that has gripped the Midwest. I do my best to remember that when I am bitching… Read full post »

JANUARY 14, 2015 5:12PM

Letter From New York 01 14 15

Awaking to the bitter cold of the Hudson Valley, I ventured out and went down to the city today to have lunch with a friend, Nick Stuart, whom I had not seen for nearly a month. He had been in England for the wedding of his older daughter. When he returned,… Read full post »

It is a little before three today and the sun has already started slipping away, still bright, causing shards of light to bounce off the ice lining the edges of the Hudson River as the train trundles north. I am headed home from the city for the night to attend the… Read full post »

Last night, I returned to New York City to have dinner with a friend, David, who was in town from Delaware.  It was interesting stepping off the train and throwing myself into the mild mayhem that is Penn Station, so much grittier and grim than Grand Central Station.  There is always,… Read full post »

Riding on Amtrak back to the city, the Hudson River is more heavily iced than it was just a few days ago.  Once again, it is steel grey as is the whole world, grey and overcast, not bathed in the golden light of yesterday.

On the train I usually ride… Read full post »

When I woke to a bright and sparkly morning, I picked up my iPhone and used The Weather Channel app to ascertain the temperature.  Much to my surprise, it had plummeted to zero degrees with a wind chill that made it feel like minus sixteen.  My eyes dazzled at the screen.… Read full post »

When I woke to a bright and sparkly morning, I picked up my iPhone and used The Weather Channel app to ascertain the temperature.  Much to my surprise, it had plummeted to zero degrees with a wind chill that made it feel like minus sixteen.  My eyes dazzled at the screen.… Read full post »

When I woke to a bright and sparkly morning, I picked up my iPhone and used The Weather Channel app to ascertain the temperature.  Much to my surprise, it had plummeted to zero degrees with a wind chill that made it feel like minus sixteen.  My eyes dazzled at the screen.… Read full post »

When I woke to a bright and sparkly morning, I picked up my iPhone and used The Weather Channel app to ascertain the temperature.  Much to my surprise, it had plummeted to zero degrees with a wind chill that made it feel like minus sixteen.  My eyes dazzled at the screen.… Read full post »

When I woke to a bright and sparkly morning, I picked up my iPhone and used The Weather Channel app to ascertain the temperature.  Much to my surprise, it had plummeted to zero degrees with a wind chill that made it feel like minus sixteen.  My eyes dazzled at the screen.… Read full post »

When I woke to a bright and sparkly morning, I picked up my iPhone and used The Weather Channel app to ascertain the temperature.  Much to my surprise, it had plummeted to zero degrees with a wind chill that made it feel like minus sixteen.  My eyes dazzled at the screen.… Read full post »

When I woke to a bright and sparkly morning, I picked up my iPhone and used The Weather Channel app to ascertain the temperature.  Much to my surprise, it had plummeted to zero degrees with a wind chill that made it feel like minus sixteen.  My eyes dazzled at the screen.… Read full post »

When I woke to a bright and sparkly morning, I picked up my iPhone and used The Weather Channel app to ascertain the temperature.  Much to my surprise, it had plummeted to zero degrees with a wind chill that made it feel like minus sixteen.  My eyes dazzled at the screen.… Read full post »

When I woke to a bright and sparkly morning, I picked up my iPhone and used The Weather Channel app to ascertain the temperature.  Much to my surprise, it had plummeted to zero degrees with a wind chill that made it feel like minus sixteen.  My eyes dazzled at the screen.… Read full post »