How to Season a New Clay Cooking Pot

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Hunter’s Fruit and Nut Bread – Apples, Cranberry, Dates, Figs, Apricots, Walnuts, Pecans, and Such

This is a recipe I created from scratch by trial and error.

(Note: This recipe contains no eggs, refined white flour or white sugar.)

2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour – As unprocessed as you can find it
3 Cups of Raw Oatmeal
1 Cup of Brown Sugar, or Honey, or Raw Cane Sugar or Molasses Continue reading Hunter’s Fruit and Nut Bread — Apples, Cranberry, Dates, Figs, Apricots, Walnuts, Pecans, and Such

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Texas Tea


Texas Tea Recipe

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Blunderbuss Mai Tai Recipe

Blackbeard’s Flag

If you’re looking for that most refreshing of summertime beverages for sipping out on the back patio or perhaps as a last drink before walking the plank, let me recommend my Blunderbuss Mai Tai.  I picked up the basics to this recipe over thirty years ago when holed up in a gritty little hotel and bar in Puerto Rico and have worked on perfecting it ever since. Continue reading Blunderbuss Mai Tai Recipe

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U.S. Coast Guard Radio Information for Boaters

RADIO INFORMATION FOR BOATERS

Effective 01 August, 2013, the U. S. Coast Guard terminated its radio guard of the international voice distress, safety and calling frequency 2182 kHz and the international digital selective calling (DSC) distress and safety frequency 2187.5 kHz. Additionally, marine information and weather broadcasts transmitted on 2670 kHz will terminate concurrently. See the safety alert. Note that these frequencies are still available and in use, notwithstanding the Coast Guard’s termination of the radio guard. Please contact us if you have any questions. Continue reading U.S. Coast Guard Radio Information for Boaters

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How to Sail a Full Rigged Ship

Continue reading How to Sail a Full Rigged Ship

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A Creative Approach to Saving Ye Olde Cassette Tapes

Quite possibly, the most agonizing decision being made by Baby Boomers across the nation these days is what to do with all that vintage Hi-fi equipment and boxes full of classic rock and roll cassettes and 8-Tracks.

I faced this dilemma head-on this past summer as I definitely wanted in on the newfangled bluetooth speakers that could play the CDs I had loaded into my computer hard drive, wires free, but also wanted a way to play my cassettes without having to fire up my Sansui receiver. Continue reading A Creative Approach to Saving Ye Olde Cassette Tapes

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King Lear

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Scottish Myths and Legends

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Protecting Rare Books: How to Build a Silverfish Trap

Silverfish damage to book – photo by Micha L. Rieser

The beauty of hunting silverfish is that they are not the most clever of creatures in the insect kingdom.

Simply take a small clean glass jar and wrap it in masking tape.  The masking tape gives the silverfish something to cling on to as they curiously climb to the top of the jar.  Bait is not required.  Set the jars upright in the path of known offenders, sit back and wait…OK, perhaps just leaving the jar and coming back in a day or two will do.

Lepisma Saccharina – Silver Fish – photo by Christian Fischer

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The Sinking of the Laconia

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Henry Miller


 

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Cocktails and Canapés

From The How and When, An Authoritative reference reference guide to the origin, use and classification of the world’s choicest vintages and spirits by Hyman Gale and Gerald F. Marco. The Marco name is of a Chicago family that were involved in all aspects of the liquor business and ran Marco’s Bar located at 70 E. Randolph Street and another at 32 S. Clark St. in Chicago back in the day. Continue reading Cocktails and Canapés

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Philly Dips – Some Philadelphia Cream Cheese Classics from the 1950s

Philly Clam Dip
1 garlic clove, cut in half
1 8-oz. pkg. Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese
3 tablespoons clam broth
1 7-to 7 1/2-oz. can minced clams, drained Continue reading Philly Dips — Some Philadelphia Cream Cheese Classics from the 1950s

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History of Britain: Rise and Fall of the Druids

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Scotland: Rome’s Final Frontier

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Bleak City

Exhaust blackened dirty snow
Bleak City cold winter sting
Cars in ditches
Tire chains and rock salt
Doughnut shop at four am
Factory whistle blows at five
Hot coffee on the dashboard
Eyes on the road
Front wheel drive Cadillac
I’ll make it on time

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The Damp Dark Plight of Rainy Day Books


Awakened to mild rumbles of thunder and pounding rain
washed down by a steady drizzle and more downpour
coating asphalt with mirrored reflections of oily alluvial runoff
easing back into a soothing pattern of velvety rain drops
drizzling down the foliage encased wrought iron balcony rails Continue reading The Damp Dark Plight of Rainy Day Books

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Pussy Willow Wielded a Real Broad Sword

The Interrogation of Joan of Arc by Cardinal Winchester

Pussy Willow wielded a real broad sword
Honed with diamonds and emery board
They say she cut her own umbilical chord
The day she strapped it on to serve her Lord Continue reading Pussy Willow Wielded a Real Broad Sword

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Prairie Steel and Golden Lace

Western prairie quiet broken by forged steel
Sage Grouse dance, feathers of resplendent golden lace
oblivious to Manifest Destiny’s race
Juniper trees observe from high peaks
Wisps of threadbare clouds converging on progress Continue reading Prairie Steel and Golden Lace

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You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.

— Napoleon