Monthly Archives: April 2011

How Many Hours Until One Starts Eating Wildlife?

Four kilometers and an hour later, we finally were in Ars-en-Re, the slightly larger town we’d been directed to from Saint-Clement. At any other moment, an hour’s walk along a bike path through marshes, with horses and donkeys grazing in the fields on either side of the path, would have been one of those delightful […]

A Glimpse of the French Countryside, All Before Lunch

Noon, March 18, Ile de Re The Ile de Re is a gorgeous, windswept island off the west coast of France. Situated across from the medieval fishing town, La Rochelle, it is both an ideal spot for the city weary looking to find the idyllic countryside and yet like the Hamptons, it is a place […]

On Arrival: How to Become the Next Lost Generation

March 18, Saint-Clément-des-Baleines, Ile de Ré, France We couldn’t tell if it was getting colder or warmer as we tramped through the fields, the endless marshes on either side of the path making it hard to tell how far we’d actually gone. The weather was glorious, if a bit overcast, and the salt air made […]

Surrealist Sidewalk, Michigan

The sidewalk looks dry, cracked, unusable from here. The trace of dust, dried up mud in the lingering winter of April travels across it and dandelions grow haphazardly. There is no landscape, imaginary or otherwise, worth traversing by foot in this land of cars. A sign blinks: POPCANDYSNACKSBEER We’re no longer in Kansas, Toto. A […]

The Black Plastic Mystery

Dearborn Heights, Michigan– On Friday, I set my gardening ambitions high and decided I would tackle the dandelions on Nick’s front lawn. I was only out there for about an hour and gave up in frustration. The Midwest dandelions are much more aggressive than their California cousins. Instead of being dainty little things, these guys […]

What Was I Reading?

I managed to neglect things a bit while I was gallivanting off in Europe (more on that later), but for now a summary of some of the books I’ve been reading the past couple months: Lady Rose and Mrs Memmary by Ruby FergusonAlthough Ferguson was raised in England, this her charming ode to Scottish life […]