Images from SB Reverend Doctor J

Silverback Digest is beginning a series of images by Silverbacks, for Silverbacks. This first collection is from Silverback J (Mendocino Bonobos). We're not saying that he took all of these images, just that he sent them to us. In the upper left you see an image of the Reverend Doctor himself, perhaps holding his infant... Continue Reading →

The Joys of Laundry

by SB SM The Joys of Laundry Want to do something to feed your soul while being a responsible steward of our diminishing fossil fuel resources? Want to harvest some solar energy without having to apply for government subsidies or understanding what it means to make your electric meter run backwards? Try hanging your laundry.... Continue Reading →

My Buddy, Ed

[This material, text and images, was posted on Facebook by Silverbelle Emily (Tunbridge SBs). We will have additions postings featuring one of the great original SBs, Ed Koren. SB SM] Our dear friend, Ed, is battling cancer. It is inconceivable to imagine Ed aging, or unwell, since he has always been able to leave anyone... Continue Reading →


[For the last few years my Cuzzins and spouses have gathered at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine to reminisce about growing up on Post Island, a small community just south of Boston where there's a very active Silverback presence in the beachfront Jungle. This year's gathering was a little more poignant than past years, because... Continue Reading →

Local News … Garden Update

[It's been a lovely spring. A bit on the dry side, but not so much that anything is burning up. On the vegetable front, I have had a difficult time getting seeds to germinate. The cause of this eludes me ... the dryness?, the seed source? (Baker Heirlooms), personal incompetence (most likely). The status as... Continue Reading →

Pride Day

[Put this in the "Nothing new under the sun" category. SB SM] Out on the Town: Magnus Hirschfeld and Berlin’s Third Sex By James J. Conway Years before the Weimar Republic’s well-chronicled freedoms, the 1904 non-fiction study Berlin’s Third Sex depicted an astonishingly diverse subculture of sexual outlaws in the German capital. James J. Conway introduces a foundational text... Continue Reading →

Best of the ‘Gest … from 3/4/2021

Showdown at the Adventure Car Hop Corral SB J's (Mendocino Bonobos) memory of teenage hijinx taking place at the White Hut Car Hop stirred my own memories in the sub-folder labeled "Car Hop." By SB SM (Gilead Brook Silverbacks) It was 1958. Cars had fins and breasts had points. Beer was yellow and bread was... Continue Reading →

Four Acre Farm

At one time the vision was that the four-acre parcel that hosts The Parsonage at 100 Gilead Brook Road would be turned into a working farm. Not a real farm, but an idyllic, poetic model of sustainability where you could sit in the herb garden and contemplate: Surrounded by flowers and overwhelmed by aromatics you... Continue Reading →

A Gilead Good-bye

[We've already had a Silverback tribute to Carl Russell, but I thought the way he left us was equally noteworthy. A small group of friends and neighbors gathered at Earthwise Farm and made a solemn procession up the logging trail following the brace of oxen pulling the cart bearing the plain pine coffin that held... Continue Reading →

Happy Father’s Day

[I'm letting Garrison Keillor carry the ball, which I should be doing, but I'm too important and too busy. SB SM] Father’s Day is a wonderful joke, a day on which you sit with your brood and someone turns to you and says, “When is Father’s Day? Isn’t it in June?” and you, the father,... Continue Reading →

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