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Saturday, December 6, 2014


I'm on the e-mail list for the Grafton Community Library and the other day I read about the Grafton Community Book Club and their 2015 book selections for the next six months.   The Witch of Hebron caught my eye because somehow I missed the publication of this book which is a sequel to Kunstler's World Made by Hand , about a "post-oil, post-collapse world" which I had read and enjoyed.  James Kunstler, by the way, lives just a tad north of the Plateau in Greenwich.

I usually borrow books from libraries.  I happen to work in a university library, so that's my normal practice.  When the book isn't owned by the library, I then request it through interlibrary loan.  But if it's a book I want to own or have a lot of time to read, I'll sometimes buy it.  If it's just been released, I'll usually get it through but if it been around for a bit, I check AbeBooks, one of my favorite websites.

AbeBooks, which is owned by Amazon (though that's not made obvious at their website), is a fabulous source for used books and new books.  Virtually every used bookstore in the country garners a significant slice of their revenue pie by making their books available (for a fee to Amazon) on this portal.

You can buy the The Witch of Hebron from : hardcover for $16.89, paperback for $12.03, or Kindle edition for $9.99.  I really prefer the hardcover, print format, so I decided to check to see what was available at AbeBooks.  I plugged the title in the search engine and then sorted by low price.  Up popped a hardcover copy, in Very Good condition for $1.00, plus $2.46 for shipping -- $3.46 total.  This is not an unusual AbeBooks deal.  I placed my order and about a week later it arrived in my mailbox from Hippo Books, a dealer in Toledo, Ohio.  I'd say closer to "like new" versus "Very Good" condition.  I've bought many books from AbeBooks through the years and have been extremely happy with the service.  Only one time did I feel the condition of the book that arrived was less than advertised by the dealer.  AbeBooks is also a great place to check for that ancient book, long out-of-print, you've been searching for.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Strange Weather

Last Saturday, November 22, the low was 11 degrees and the lake was frozen over.  Monday, November 24, the high was 59 degrees and the lake thawed.   Now, it's snowing like a "Governor Rick Perry there ain't no such thing as global warming" day.  And yet the lake is still thawed on November 26th!.  My weather station (click on this site for it, or view  the feed from it on the local NBC/Channel 13 weather maps) is 29 degrees.  Weatherman Bob Kovachick tells me it's going to continue to just before daybreak tomorrow morning.  Looks like a test coming up for the new, unproven, snow-thrower.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Berkshire Battalion and North Adams Steeplecats

I grew up a New York Yankee fan.  As a youngster, I wore the Yankee cap all the time, to the point where my grandmother told me I'd go bald if I kept that up.  Guess what?  She was right.  But nowadays, I've lost interest in big league sports.  Steroids, millionaire second-stringers, crazy end zone dances, absurd ticket & hot dog prices, prima donnas....   I enjoy college and minor league sports much more.  So I was very happy to discover, this week, that nearby North Adams, Massachusetts (blue collar neighbor to preppy Williamstown) has a brand new minor league hockey team.  They also have a New England Collegiate Baseball League team.

Berkshire Battalion
Click here for the Berkshire Battalion website and here for their Facebook page.  The Battalion play in the Federal Hockey LeagueClick here for a team map.

North Adams SteepleCats
Click here for the North Adams SteepleCats website and here for their Facebook page.  The SteepleCats play in the New England Collegiate Baseball LeagueClick here for a team map.

To date, six SteepleCats have made it to major league baseball.

Click here for a tour of Joe Wolfe Field -- home of the SteepleCats.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Cool Tiny Cabin!

I'm intrigued by the tiny house movement.  I think most of us buy way more house than we need -- myself included.   Apparently other do too -- my "Tiny House Movement" post has gotten more hits than any others since I've been doing this blog.

I love our place on Taconic Lake.  But... if I ever win the Lottery (which I won't, because I prefer to do my gambling on the stock market), I may have one of these cabins built for me in the remote woods of Maine.   Check out the plan and other photos of it. It's designed by David Vandervort Architects.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Petersburgh Views

Click here for a very interesting blog post someone put out on Petersburgh and the Taconic Trail history that includes some nice photos and postcards.  Hard to believe that Petersburgh once had three general stores!