My Williams Memories: Five Senses Then, Five Insights a Quarter Century Later

The Five Senses: sight, sound, taste, smell, & feel The Five Insights: knowledge, realization, appreciation, consciousness, & experience The sight then of snow falling on frozen metal fan blades slowly rotating in the winter wind on David Hammon’s public art installation, “Rock Fan” and wondering what the controversy surrounding it was all about, really. TheContinue reading “My Williams Memories: Five Senses Then, Five Insights a Quarter Century Later”

Why I Left Williams College Twenty-Five Years Ago And Have Not Been Back Since.

By Bradley Naranch, Class of 1996 I left Williams College in the late summer of 1996, several months after graduating summa cum laude with highest honors in History and German. I have not returned since. When I departed, I did not think about looking back. I was far too interested in getting out instead. AimingContinue reading “Why I Left Williams College Twenty-Five Years Ago And Have Not Been Back Since.”

Do Flowers Also Need to Practice Social Distancing? Darwin Holds the Answer.

I started rereading Charles Darwin’s The Voyage of the Beagle this weekend and was struck by how fascinated he was by botany, as much as by zoology, geology, and the natural world in general. However, I was equally if not more interested this time by the many references to disease, illness, and quarantine, which keptContinue reading “Do Flowers Also Need to Practice Social Distancing? Darwin Holds the Answer.”

Peak Happiness During a Global Flu Pandemic is as Simple as Sliced Bread.

I recently experienced peak happiness while eating a slice of bread. Not just any bread, of course, but nothing too fancy, either. I made the bread myself two days earlier using a sourdough starter I have been feeding weekly for more than ten tears. I served it with a thick wedge of triple cream agedContinue reading “Peak Happiness During a Global Flu Pandemic is as Simple as Sliced Bread.”

Wild foraged nettle frittata with cheddar & chopped parsley biscuits.

No one in their right mind would think to cultivate nettles. They are wild creatures, & they let us know it. Treat them with care & respect, however & they reward annually with a springtime bounty of foraged wild deliciousness. This meal uses nettles in a simple cheese & pastured free range egg frittata &Continue reading “Wild foraged nettle frittata with cheddar & chopped parsley biscuits.”

Being Green Can Be Delicious: Purée of Parsnip & Celeriac Soup.

Being green doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor or enjoyment of your meals. It does mean knowing where your foods comes from, and knowing how best to unlock your food’s power to nourish & please discerning, sustainability minded family members & guests. First, get good vegetables as your base for a weekday soup & salad meal. Organic,Continue reading “Being Green Can Be Delicious: Purée of Parsnip & Celeriac Soup.”

Is it late winter or early spring? Climate change makes it hard to tell.

I love to observe the change of the seasons, especially winter into spring, but lately climate change has gotten me mixed up about who it is I should trust: the calendar or myself. The calendar says early March, so still winter in the northern hemisphere, but my eyes say spring. All around me are thingsContinue reading “Is it late winter or early spring? Climate change makes it hard to tell.”

Provisional Voting Is Simpler Than You Think.

I know, I know. Voting can be so hard! But is it really? There are so many options these days, even when we are not at home. But what about when you can’t make it home on time or have been traveling or indisposed for health reasons for weeks before a big primary or generalContinue reading “Provisional Voting Is Simpler Than You Think.”

The Reusable Bags of San Mateo County

I love my local Saturday farmers’ market, located on the spacious & scenic College of San Mateo campus on a section of the parking lot facing the East Bay & city of San Francisco. Watch closely on a clear & sunny fog free morning, & you can even see jet planes landing at the nearbyContinue reading “The Reusable Bags of San Mateo County”