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Tuesday, March 28, 2017


I did not set out to move to Texas and learn how to grow grapes. The two things were never connected in my mind. I agreed to move to Texas because it made sense. The grapes were thrown in as a bonus when we bought a house that came with a fifty-foot single grapevine in the back yard.

This spring, we have gone from this:

And this:

To what you see at the top. This will be my first season with this grapevine, so I have no idea what to expect. I have been pruning it and reshaping it over the winter; I removed a lot of the neglected bits and I have some work to do in the weeks ahead to try and tame what's growing. I haven't even gotten around to fertilizing it or building up the soil under the vine, which has been my ultimate goal. We're on a rock shelf and there isn't that much soil, so whatever I can add on my own will help, I hope.

The neighbors don't know anything about this vine. They have no idea what kind of grapes are produced. The vine itself has been neglected for several years, but I am amazed at how quickly it cleaned up in the winter months and I am behind the curve as it relates to trimming some of the explosive growth. I think fifty to sixty feet is enough to deal with for now; I'm not going to expand anything because, well, I don't have the usable land to do so unless I completely reshape the backyard. 

I would like to put in a better trellis. I think if this year is successful, I'll adapt a European style trellis. I spent a good amount of time in the wine country of Baden-Württemberg (which you can read about here) and I would like to pay homage to that. There's a place near Heilbronn called Tripsdrill, and one of the things you can see there are wine presses from the the 16th Century. No, I'm not going to do wine. Yes, I am going to get all nerdy about it.

Anyway, I can't keep writing about exclusively politics. It ruins you. It leaves you with nothing in your head but fear and angst. That's not a healthy place to be. If you're sick of the politics, don't completely abandon it. Find other outlets and other things to think about. It's much healthier that way.



Thursday, October 18, 2012

Where Are You Going With This?

I'm not sure where she's going with this; the story seems to be about chocolate eggs and less about the marketing aspect of creating something that will deliver for the various companies that have a vested interest in profiting from the Easter bunny phenomenon.

There aren't many side stories as to the day-to-day operations of the Easter bunny. Things happen. People fall into production machinery. There are labor unions to deal with. There was one time that the Easter bunny had to deal with a trucking union strike and his solution was to hire scabs and have the striking truckers driven out of town by hired goons, also known as Pinkertons, and then charge the government a surcharge on several contracts in order to make up the difference. It was a pretty rough situation, and, when all was said and done, a couple of the guys from the union ended up wearing a wire so that the Feds could indict someone--anyone--on a racketeering charge that ended up being thrown out on appeal.

He's a rough bastard, and he doesn't mind telling you that.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Celtic Origins of the Easter Bunny

Holy Family With Three Hares (Albrecht Durer, circa 1497)
This is another illustration of rabbits by Albrecht Durer, who did the original hare that inspired the Easter Bunny motif.

I was happy to learn this:

The symbol of the hare was used deliberately to transfer old pagan religion into a Christian context, and the Albrecht Durer woodcut of the Holy Family (1471-1 528) clearly depicts three hares at the family' s feet. Later superstition changed the Easter hare into the Easter rabbit or . bunny.far less threatening than the ancient pagan symbol and very few people will be aware that the hare ever held such standing, and why. 
As the ancient beliefs died, superstitions about the hare were rife and many witches were reported to have hares as their familiars. In the . 17th Century Witch Trials. quoted by Margaret Murray, one of the old women chants...  
"Hare, hare, god send the care
I am in a hare's likeness now, 
But I shall be in a woman's likeness even now. 
Today we talk of a lucky rabbit's footbut for many generations a hare's paw or foot was a much used charm against evil, a throw-back to the long forgotten belief in Eostre the Celtic dawn goddess. By AD 410 when Celtic Britain had emerged from the long centuries of Roman occupation, the Celts were struggling to balance the original co-equal society with male dominance.
This has me itching to get back to work, but I have a lot going on right now. I think Eostre should become a minor character, someone peeved enough to throw some weight around.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Know How the Rabbit Runs

There is a great phrase in German (Wissen, wie der Hase läuft) that translates into "know how the rabbit runs" and I think it would be a great one to introduce into the story line. I think the main character in this story should have a good sense of how this works and what it means.

Mock Rabbit

This is "falscher hase," or "mock rabbit" and it looks edible. How good it is is anybody's guess.

I don't think I could get away with serving rabbit. I thought it was bad enough last year when I had lamb cutlets.

Rabbit Foot

This is a great time of the year.

Easter is the beginning of spring, and there are so many great phrases and terms that go with Easter. The term "rabbit foot" is one that has a German origination, and there are more of those kinds of things here.