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    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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    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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  • thegreatwall

    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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  • asurprisingpieceofhistory

    Where Are They Now?

    BY:Dr. Brent

    Not too long ago, the director of the library in the neighboring village of Middleburgh sent us a photo of the Beekman Mansion from the turn of the 19th century. Always interested in how the house has changed over the years, we immediately focused on a structure that seemed to be perched on the roof.  […]

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    Edible Heirlooms

    BY:Dr. Brent

    Our first “farm” was on the rooftop of our New York City apartment building.  Our first “crop” was the purple cherokee tomato, an heirloom variety tomato that we thought was the most delicious thing that we had ever put into our mouths. At the time, we didn’t really know the significance of the word “heirloom” […]

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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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  • Strong and Sturdy

    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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