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The Study

February 28, 2017

Why is snowfall always the loudest form of silence? And why does the morning mist dissolve in the dawn, keeping with it all of its secrets? Could there be power in the mysterious, the unseen? I think so.

It was a reoccurring dream when I was younger. It was night, and I was moving slowly in a canoe through a moonlit salt marsh. I was not afraid - I knew this was completely necessary. Upon approaching the wide mouth of some cave, I always came back to consciousness. I have yet to really make sense of this dream, but it did well to introduce me to the power of...

February 22, 2017

My grandparents used to garden way before I can remember. At least once a year, my papa would use his rototiller to dig up the earth that has hardened under winter's heavy white blanket. At least half their entire Hyannis suburban yard (and it was a big yard) was tilled to plant their garden. Underneath was fresh, soft dirt full of nutrients. They would plant all sorts of things. I remember holding the sugar snap peas in my hands and snapping off the ends, tossing them in the bucket for dinner. I also remember snapping the just-red tomatoes off the vine to prote...

February 17, 2017

One of my favorite things about visiting my grandmother was that it usually meant waking up early to the smell of applewood bacon simmering in the kitchen. My nose would wake me first, and then I would hear the simmering and clashing away in the kitchen. I would walk to the kitchen where I would find her cooking up a storm, and I would sit down at the wooden table that was often covered in puzzle pieces, the Cape Cod Times, and home magazines. She would fix her morning coffee with hazelnut creamer, and I would often enjoy a cup with her as I ate my bacon and egg...

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