Best of the ‘gest … Hairy or Downy?

By Susan Shea The Hairy Woodpecker: Insect Hunter Extraordinaire A woodpecker frequently visits our feeder, alighting on the wooden supporting post and hopping up the post to the suet. Its medium size and striking markings – black wings spotted with white, a large white patch on the back, and a red spot on the back... Continue Reading →

Great Bookstores, Part 3

Zhongshuge Bookstore, Hangzhou, China A trip to the Zhongshuge Bookstore in Hangzhou, China, will make you feel as if you have stepped into the future, or perhaps onto some sort of spacecraft. Books are arranged around columns and behind transparent curtains, and mirrored ceilings and walls make you feel as if the books are endless,... Continue Reading →

Great Bookstores, Part 2

[Originally published in] Selexyz Dominicanen, Maastricht, The Netherlands Selexyz Dominicanen is housed in a cathedral that is more than 700 years old. This tall, ornate stone church was once a place of worship, until Napoleon Bonaparte decided to use it as his personal storage unit in 1794. He left all of his equipment and... Continue Reading →

Great Bookstores, Part 1

[Thanks to Silverback Peter (Hollywood SBs) for forwarding this. Remember when you you used to have great bookstores IN YOUR TOWN? I know, kids, this sounds unbelievable. SB SM] Shakespeare and Company, Paris, France Shakespeare and Company is arguably the most famous independent bookstore in the world. Located at the edge of the river Seine in... Continue Reading →

In praise of Carl Russell

[Gilead Brook Road lost one of its premier Silverbacks recently with the passing of Carl Russell. Carl was a husband, a father, a farmer, a selectman, a friend ... the list goes on ... a teamster, a leader, a steward, and a poet. I don't know anyone who appreciated his place on the planet as... Continue Reading →

Why Not Polygamy?

Polygamy is a criminal offense throughout the Western world. Would making it legal be progress? May 28, 2022 Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FLDS Church, Mormon denomination, visiting Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park. Getty Images [Silverbacks, the closest relative to the human species in nature, do not practice monogamy, nor do chimpanzees.... Continue Reading →

Poetry … Silverbelle Susan

The Train To Edinburgh by Susan Reid At first we all stood, held upright by our bags, working to not lean on strangers, packed too tightly to truly succeed. As the countryside whipped by backwards, we grabbed the metal hand holds on the curves and wondered how our feet and backs would hold up. We... Continue Reading →

To Eat a Grouse

[You think The Jungle an exclusive place ... get a load of this. I'd get a kick out of hearing what some of our resident sports think of this. This is from SB SM] BLACKADDER: ‘Basically, it’s a right old mess. Toffs at the top, plebs at the bottom, and me in the middle... Continue Reading →

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