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December 2011

  • Birds, Holiday

    December Birds

    For many years when I lived alone, I didn’t have a Christmas tree. I would get some boughs and hang some bells, but saw no reason to untangle the lights and grapple…

  • Preserves

    Homemade Vanilla Extract: Day 70

    It’s time for a progress report on the homemade vanilla extract. On October 8, I poured myself two big jars of booze, stuffed each one with 32 vanilla beans, and promised to…

  • Preserves

    About a Fig

    I’ve spent the past few weeks staring at a fig. It’s just a fig. But it had something to say to me — and so did the stately tree that it came…