Category: Random Topics and Musings

An Unwelcome Winter Visitor

One of the things I like about my part of the country is that Mother Nature’s extremes are relatively rare. We don’t need to worry about earthquakes, wildfires, tornadoes, mudslides, or rivers overflowing their banks. I’ve only seen hail twice in my life, and they were tiny. Hurricanes don’t often make it this far north.…

Restoring an Antique British Carousel Horse

At this late date I can’t recall what first prompted my interest in carousel horses during the late 1980s. As a child my only experience with carousels was one located in a small amusement park called “Jolly Roger” by most locals although its official name was Nunley’s. Outdoors there was a small Ferris wheel and…

An Unexpected New Container Species

While engrossed in the first phase of my autumn yard cleanup today, I was surprised by the sudden appearance of a ‘volunteer’ new container species. Although I had previously seen it on the property recently, this was the first time it has seeded itself in this particular location. I immediately recognized it as Felinus sheldonii…

Remembering Brielle Galleries

Most of us have a few special places that once – as the Beatles aptly put it – “had their moments” setting them apart in our memories as something special; the quintessential gone-but-not-forgotten. For me, one such place was Brielle Galleries, a unique store owned by Ira Jacobson. 1950 – 1970: Launch and Growth The…

In Memoriam

Political topics usually find no place here, but today is an exception. It has been more than 50 years since the death of a public figure has affected me as profoundly as the news last night of the passing of Senator John McCain. The fact that this loss, unlike the one we experienced in November…