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    Early Satiety

    BY:Dr. Brent

    Some lessons can be taught by occupying Wall Street, but we learned ours by occupying the garden.   When I was a child there was a hierarchy of important days each year:  Christmas, first day of school, and the annual showing of The Wizard of Oz on CBS. Back then there was no DVR, no […]

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    Bee-ginning and End

    BY:Dr. Brent

    Photo credit: Keatley Garvey I heard a fly buzz when I died; The stillness round my form Was like the stillness in the air Between the heaves of storm.   In high school, when first introduced to Emily Dickenson, I remember thinking how sad that the end-sum of an entire life, no matter how graceful […]

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    Dirt People

    BY:Dr. Brent

    In a long-ago published interview (I think it was in an Ebony magazine I was reading in the dentist’s office), I remember Eartha Kitt being quoted as saying: “I trust the dirt. I don’t trust diamonds and gold.” As a kid growing up in North Carolina, who most assuredly had dirt beneath his fingernails at […]

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    One Third Down

    BY:Dr. Brent

    Life is just beginning

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    The Meadows in Spring

    BY:Dr. Brent

    One of the most wonderful and awe-inspiring parts of Beekman 1802 is the number of craftsmen and artists who come into the Mercantile to show us their work.  Of all the people we are fortunate enough to meet, no one inspires us more than an artist.  The way in which they see the world and […]

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    White-washing

    BY:Dr. Brent

      Mark Twain wrote: All you need is ignorance and confidence, and the success is sure and when we purchased Beekman Farm in Sharon Springs, NY,  in 2007, we sure were hoping that he was right.  (He also said to buy land because they’re not making it anymore, and this had proven to be pretty […]

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    Well-observed

    BY:Dr. Brent

      On a recent winter drive with a friend, I was marveling at the beauty of the icicles—the long fingers of winter gripping the buildings of Sharon Springs. My travel companion, the ever-practical Megan Holken, pointed out that icicles forming on the eaves indicate where heat is escaping from the structure. This knowledge immediately made […]

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    A Walk to Remember

    BY:Dr. Brent

    I grew up in a fairly conservative environment where Christian messaging was as common and seamlessly a part of this American life as the cadre of celebrity self-help gurus are today.   (Along with the Boy Scouts, Vacation Bible School, the Super Friends cartoon hour on ABC Saturday morning, and a couple of schoolyard brawls, I […]

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    A Glass House

    BY:Dr. Brent

    Since childhood, I have been fascinated with terrariums. Even though the worlds that were created between those 4 glass walls were finite and small, the corners and bends around which I couldn’t see left room for the imagination to create a universe of immense proportions. There are many reasons that a glass house was a […]

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    The Great Wall

    BY:Dr. Brent

    Stone walls have always held a certain fascination.  Even if it’s easy to see over them to the other side, there’s always the slightest promise that somewhere inside that border exists a Secret Garden, a Tarabithia, a Hogwarts, a Brigadoon, a magic princess or even a hobbit or two. You’ll see stone walls running roadside […]

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