1802 Blogs

  • The Lilacs.

    The Color Purple

    BY:Dr. Brent

    A rather random weather pattern this spring resulted in an intoxicating display by the lilacs throughout the Mohawk Valley this year.  Though now past their prime, I spent many evenings over the last several weeks sitting on the knoll beneath their branches.  I cannot adequately capture their scent in words, so I decided to take […]

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  • Exhibit A

    A Farmer John Mystery

    BY:Dr. Brent

    I came very close to murdering dear Farmer John this weekend. I don’t think I have to tell you that farming is a very small margin business, and the margins are even smaller when one is just starting out.  I use every ounce of knowledge gleaned from my MBA to keep The Beekman in the […]

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    Bottom of the Jar

    BY:Mary Beekman

    Mary Beekman is a four-year-old ghost who resides in The Beekman Mansion, and considers Brent and Josh her “imaginary friends.” Follow Mary Beekman’s Diary each week to learn what it’s like to be a young child in early 19th century America. Mother sent me to the cellar to fetch the last crock of strawberry jam. […]

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    Gardening Memories Contest

    BY:Josh Kilmer-Purcell

    Win a set of five of our favorite gardening & rural prose books from HarperCollins. Contest details at bottom of post. WAR PAINT. Many people have asked me how someone with such a “colorful” urban history wound up living on a goat farm in rural Sharon Springs. I usually answer: “I took the long road…back […]

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  • Tangled webs

    Mary Weaves a Tale

    BY:Mary Beekman

    Mary Beekman is a four-year-old ghost who resides in The Beekman Mansion, and considers Brent and Josh her “imaginary friends.” Follow Mary Beekman’s Diary each week to learn what it’s like to be a young child in early 19th century America. There are times when Father brings home tape from his store.  But I think […]

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    Younger Than Springtime

    BY:Dr. Brent

    Each year at New Market Elementary School in Sophia, North Carolina, there’s a May Day celebration.  Each of the grades works for months to perfect their own special dance to perform for the community.  There’s also a May Court with a King and Queen elected from the fifth grade class.  The May King and May […]

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  • Maragaret Roach

    May Gardening Tips from a Pro

    BY:Josh and Brent

    This month’s celebrity gardening judge, Margaret Roach, offers a personal gardening check list for the month. VEGETABLE GARDEN CONTINUE SOWING CARROTS, beets, radishes, lettuce, dill. With salad greens, select heat-resistant varieties now for best results. DIRECT-SOW BEANS at mid-month and beyond; sow a short row every two weeks, and also sow pole beans for an […]

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  • The Lanyard

    For Mom

    BY:Dr. Brent

    Many of you know that I used to work with Martha Stewart.  During the time that I was at the company, I heard Martha recite a poem by US Poet Laureate Billy Collins on three different occasions.   Each and every time, she choked up a little…and I did, too. THE LANYARD by Billy Collins The […]

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  • How does Mary's Garden Grow?

    Mary’s Garden

    BY:Mary Beekman

    Mary Beekman is a four-year-old ghost who resides in The Beekman Mansion, and considers Brent and Josh her “imaginary friends.” Follow Mary Beekman’s Diary each week to learn what it’s like to be a young child in early 19th century America. Some of the seeds in my little garden are beginning to sprout into seedlings.  […]

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  • Mary drinks beef tea for breakfast when she comes down with a fever.

    Mary gets the flu.

    BY:Mary Beekman

    Mary Beekman is a four-year-old ghost who resides in The Beekman Mansion, and considers Brent and Josh her “imaginary friends.” Follow Mary Beekman’s Diary each week to learn what it’s like to be a young child in early 19th century America. My tummy doesn’t feel too good today.  It keeps making funny noises and feels […]

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