Whately Chapel

Watermelon Wednesdays

About fifteen minutes from our Northampton apartment, past fields filled with little leaguers, past a lake, and down a twisty road is the Whately Chapel, facing a garden and a field of horses and cows. During the summer, Wednesdays at the chapel are Watermelon Wednesdays. There’s music, bats, a dog, and, of course, watermelon. Last […]

Bendystraw versus Steve Martin

Bendystraw versus Steve Martin

According to this infographic of questionable accuracy, I prefer wine over beer and am less interesting than Steve Martin.

lighting the candles

Fourth of July in Lititz, PA

In Lititz, PA the Fourth of July is a very big deal. Forget Christmas—Fourth of July is THE social event of the year in Lititz. Volunteers organize several days of festivities in Lititz Springs Park. The Lions Club puts on the all-American small town parade. College students home for the summer reunite with high school […]

Filbert Street

San Francisco, I love you!

One of my favorite getaways is visiting Superwoman in San Francisco. I was sad to see her leave Philly back in ’05, but she loves her new home and is a most amazing hostess and guide. During past visits, we’ve seen the required tourist sites, traipsed around a goat farm and had a cheese class […]

plastic bags on Earth Day

Northampton Confusion

It is very confusing, learning to live here in Northampton. When someone’s sick, consider the politics of cut flowers before calling the florist. Don’t wear too many dry-clean-only clothes. Dry cleaning is an abomination; why not visit the local hemp outfitter instead? When going out for a fancy dinner, no need to change out of […]

Shelburne Falls (left) & Cabot Clothbound

Vegemite and Cheese

In addition to pie, Type E requested a “high quality cheddar” for this birthday. As a lover of both Vegemite and cheese, he’s often wondered about pairing the two but wasn’t sure where to begin. Enter Philadelphia’s gracious and talented Madame Fromage, who loves a good cheese puzzle. She kindly asked around on our behalf […]