Scenes of Terrible Beauty

Ducks splashed in the water. Two larger ducks, adults obviously, sat on outcroppings just beyond the shoreline, while four ducklings paddled in the water. Sometimes, the adults would move from one outcropping to another. Sometimes they would see me, twenty yards distant or more, and take flight, either jump-flying to the opposite shore or, more … Continue reading Scenes of Terrible Beauty

The Ultimate Cheese and Onions Sandwich

I may have created the ultimate cheese & onions sandwich! Back in the spring, for nerdy reasons, I began experimenting with the British-style cheese and onions sandwich. There’s a Rutles song about the sandwich, and in my mind I imagined that a cheese and onions was some amazing thing, completely unknown to American shores. In … Continue reading The Ultimate Cheese and Onions Sandwich

A Cemetery Find, Five Years Past

Five years ago today, I visited Washington’s Congressional Cemetery for the second time. The Cubs were in Washington, the game was a late afternoon, and before the game I went to Congressional Cemetery to do some exploration and, more importantly, confirm the location of my great-great-grandfather William Gardner. My first visit had been in September … Continue reading A Cemetery Find, Five Years Past

Exploring Cemeteries in Cecil County

On April 14, 2018 I went to Cecil County and explored four cemeteries, looking for graves I knew about and graves I didn’t. I had been planning this for about two months, and you never know what you’ll find until you go and look. The roots of my dad’s family come from what I jokingly … Continue reading Exploring Cemeteries in Cecil County

Plans for a Cecil County Outing

Tomorrow is a big day. In addition to Cecil Con, a small comic book convention in North East, Maryland, I’m going to visit four cemeteries in the area. My dad’s side of the family comes from what I call “the borderlands of Maryland and Pennsylvania”; there are Gibsons and Browns and Reynolds and Russells that … Continue reading Plans for a Cecil County Outing