Glimpses of Charleston

[Charleston, SC is always at the top of many "Best of ..." lists, and it's easy to see why. History abounds. The Lowcountry cuisine is distinctive and great. The Gullah/Geechee culture tinges everything with an intense regionality. Great beaches, sweeping marshes, Spanish moss, but the it also leaves you with a sense of queasiness about... Continue Reading →

Kareem Weighs in on Will, Chris, and Jada

Will Smith Did a Bad, Bad Thing Slapping Chris Rock was also a blow to men, women, the entertainment industry, and the Black community. Kareem Abdul-JabbarMar 28 [Every Tom, Dick, and Hairy (get it?) is weighing in on the Chris/Will/Jada thing, and since we in The Jungle are just as enslaved to the celebrity culture... Continue Reading →

Frippin’ Out

March in Vermont. It's about sap starting to flow, and the earth starting to thaw. It's about Mud, and that's with a capital "M." Like many Vermonters we are anxious, make that desperate, for the onset of spring, and we're not above cheating to get there. Towards that end, Silverbelle Sandy and I got in... Continue Reading →

The Parsonage

Becoming an Airbnb Stephen Morris published originally in Green Living Journal, Summer, 2019 Last Spring we stayed with Ron and Elke at their White Rose Inn in Thousand Oaks, California. They let us pick tangerines and lemons from their citrus orchard and gave us insider tips on our visit the next day to the Reagan... Continue Reading →

Silverbelle Builder

Meet the woman who builds the world’s most unique Airbnbs Kristie Wolfe has built off-grid hobbit holes, treehouses, and potato-shaped abodes — often on a shoestring budget. Zachary Crockett Published on March 5, 2022 You may not know the name Kristie Wolfe. But if you’ve used Airbnb, you’ve likely seen her properties. Over the past... Continue Reading →

Without Yeast There is No Beer

[This is not about bread. This is about time. There is no bread without yeast, as well. Originally titled "The Curse of Sliced Bread." SB SM] from Food & Beverage Reporter, February 18, 2022 We are slaves to the cult of time-saving. BY MARY HARRINGTON I ruined a batch of home-made bread over the weekend. This... Continue Reading →

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

The Outside Story How Birds Weather Winter By Rebecca Perkins Hanissian Were it not for compelling evidence to the contrary, I’d believe I descended from birds – migratory birds in particular. So familiar to me are the urges and behaviors of migratory birds, I’m pretty sure I blushed, or at least looked around sheepishly, when... Continue Reading →

Coal Country

Best of the 'Gest from January, 2021, courtesy of SB Jon SB Jon (Crimson SBs) is a University Photographer for Harvard Public Affairs and Communications in Cambridge, MA. He was introduced to the Silverback Digest by his brother Jerry (Quaker SBs). SB SM I made two trips to Coal Country, in 1978 and 1979. For... Continue Reading →

Mushrooms in Winter

The Outside Story By Frank Kaczmarek Winter is far a far cry from being prime mushroom hunting season. Most fungi stop producing mushrooms, or fruiting bodies, in early autumn, and their hyphae (filamentous structures that are the main part of the fungal body) are out of sight, inside wood or in the ground. However, you... Continue Reading →

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