Malled by the Mailbox

1816 (Remington)
32 Bar Blues
Baretta
Ben Silver, Charleston
Bullock and Jones
Carbon 2 Cobalt
Charles Tyrwhitt
Cooper Jones Supply
Duluth Trading Company
Eddie Bauer
Front Gate

Home Decorators Collection
Fahrneys
Filson
Guideboat Co.

Hammacher Schlemmer
Herrington
Ibex

Johnston and Murphy
J. W. Hulme Company
J. Peterman Company
Kansas City Steaks
King Ranch
Kevin
Levenger
L. L. Bean
Merrell

Mountain Khakis
MH – menshats.com
Norm Thompson
Onward Reserve
Orvis
Patrick James
Paul Frederick
Pen Chalet
Pendleton
QOR
Rail Riders
Rohan
Schnee’s
Sharper Image
Sundance
Territory Ahead
The Field
Turtleson
Williams & Kent
Woolrich

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The “food court” is my kitchen.

My e-tailors have no idea how few discretionary dollars they are actually chasing, nor how little closet space I have left for anything I don’t actually get to in the course of the seasons.

Be that as it may, I’ve learned a few things about online shopping, menswear, and living in a small town in the countryside about 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., first and foremost: life’s just easier dressing down for apartment (!) keeping chores, for cooking, and actually going out to shop at Lowe’s.

Add a little cancer to this — truly, a little — and it’s worth having some good things in the closet . . . some Barbour (for rain), some respectable Orvis wear for travel to the local favorite restaurant bar . . . but once you have the “good stuff”, it may not need to be replaced, not in this lifetime.

My acquisition categories: garden and garage; casual home bar, library and theater; road trips; marryin’ and buryin’.

Ah, but the seasons!

I’ve figured out that there are actually 12 of them: early, middle, late x winter, spring, summer, and fall.

It gets tricky.

Where to start?

Socks.

Then shoes.

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Balcony Garden, Hunter Hill, Late June 2014

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Haiku – for Warm Day

Oceanic
The long afternoon
Swaying nap

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Airplanes drone
Branches wind brushed
Before rain

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Sleep all day
Birds singing close by
Dreaming too

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Rain all night
Whispering gently
Wet dark wet

 

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The Other Nemesia, Balcony Garden, Hunter Hill, May 13, 2014

Nemesia, Balcony Garden, Hunter Hill, May 13, 2014

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Nemesia, Balcony Garden, Hunter Hill, May 13, 2014

Nemesia, Balcony Garden, Hunter Hill, May 13, 2014

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Petunia, Sunsatia Terra Cotta, Balcony Garden, Hunter Hill, May 13, 2014

Petunia, Sunsatia Terra Cotta, Balcony Garden, Hunter Hill, May

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Inspiration: Writing that Escapes the Page

I am entering a kind of retreat, realigning, resting deeply, and this well suits all of that. –jso

Lightning Droplets

The Materiality of Meaning: the Format of Words on the Page

            It has long been the realm of poets to think about line breaks and format on the page.  There is a myth that for prose, the words should speak for themselves.  We have the idea that prose writers who manipulate how they put their words on the page somehow undermine the meaning of the words, as if calling attention to the fact that they are on a page takes away their power.  When poets think about the way they format their work on the page, they are being artful, purposeful, but when prose writers do it, it is a gimmick, a trick.  It’s as if readers of prose are meant to mind meld directly with the words.  We imagine that the way the prose is experienced does not matter.  This is not the case.  Whether we are reading…

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Please lay still —
A whole universe
Is spinning

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— I long for a blank day, a clean slate washed across time —

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Balcony Garden, Hunter Hill, May 11, 2014

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Featured: Nemesia (“Sunsatia Mango”), Petunia (“Sunsatia Terra Cotta”).  The deep blue flowers in the background appear to be Linaria — at least that’s what the tag tells me 🙂 — but ot appears to be growing in a mounded manner.  Set in the corners of two baskets where both almost meet at the corner of the balcony, I’m hoping the plant will cascade over the leading edge of each basket.

For the photography buffs, note that (finally) I dragged out not only the Nikon D200 but a tripod as well.

Oh, the effort!

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Window View, Sunset, Hunter Hill, April 19, 2014

Window View, Sunset, Hunter Hill, April 19, 2014

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Indigo Dusk Through Screen, Hunter Hill, April 14, 2014

Indigo Dusk Through Screen, Hunter Hill, April 14, 2014

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