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    Life’s Parade

    BY:Dr. Brent

    Josh and I were recently asked to ride in a town holiday parade.  This did not surprise us.  Having grown up in small towns, both of us are well aware of the wonderful randomness of these parades (a mix of school bands, veterans, fire engines, dance troops and classic cars).  We were, however, surprised (and […]

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    The Table

    BY:Dr. Brent

    Before The Beekman was lovingly restored, it had been abandoned, left to weather the brutal elements atop the hill it has graced for more than two centuries. The aging structure, with its grand rooms and firm place in the annals of the local lore, was far too much of a temptation for teenagers and vagabonds […]

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    The Longest Day

    BY:Dr. Brent

    Driving back to the farm, I marveled that there was still enough light at 9:30pm to see goats in the pasture.  It reminded briefly of the long summer evenings we spent in my grandparents’  backyard playing with the gang of local kids.  How thrilled must the adults have been to have us out of the […]

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    Going Postal

    BY:Dr. Brent

    At the time William Beekman operated his mercantile it most certainly would have served as a postal drop-off point—just one stop along the 2,000 miles of post roads that crept down the eastern coast of America. From the mercantile, mail would be carried by stage coach to New York and then routed down the next […]

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    Winter Blues

    BY:Dr. Brent

    In the midst of a long winter it’s very tempting to casually abandon our Beekman 1802 Creed to live each season to its fullest.   But without the pale pallete of winter, we could not, would not, should not lust for the colors of Spring. I decided to look for a few lines of poetry to […]

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    Evolution

    BY:Dr. Brent

    I can’t help it. As hard as I try to be a hopeless romantic, I just cannot divorce myself from the years of my life spent in the pursuit of scientific reasoning. I’m much more comfortable observing and thinking than (gasp!) feeling. This is part of the reason I like to watch ….the goats giving […]

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    A Pretty Penny

    BY:Dr. Brent

    When I was little, we used to sing a song during the holidays about giving a penny to those in need Christmas is coming The goose is getting fat Please put a penny in the old man’s hat If you have no penny A half-penny will do If you have no half-penny then God bless […]

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    Putting Down Roots

    BY:Dr. Brent

    Many of you have noticed that my “To & From” entries have become few and far between.  When I first started penning those missives, the farm was a weekend project.  Though I would think about the farm constantly, the 2 hour train trip to and from provided the void of distraction necessary to plan and […]

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    June Blooms

    BY:Dr. Brent

    Earlier this year, our life at The Beekman Farm was chronicled in an excellent article in the New York Times.  We heard from hundreds of hundreds of people who saw in our dreams of a better life a little bit of their own dreams and aspirations. Shortly after the article appeared, we received a note […]

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    Backporch Bliss

    BY:Dr. Brent

    Do you remember how the beginning of summer feels? As adults, every season seems to flow seamlessly into the next–you know, kind of like sand in an hour glass.    But just try to remember for the moment the feeling of waking up that first morning of summer break when you were in fifth grade.  No […]

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