Archive for April, 2010

We have a perverted work ethic. What may have started as a religious drive to be closer to God or the effort needed to coax blood from the field stones of New England to survive has in the intervening years turned into nothing more complicated than brute-force quantity over all else. Our work days make […]

Maybe no landscape is more common or more recognizable in America than the big box retail highway. It’s everywhere and everywhere it’s the same: four lanes of traffic, lights at the major street intersections and mall entrances, miles and miles of empty sidewalks. What zoning relic mandates those interminable sidewalks? If you want to visit […]

Thank you for the kind words of encouragement, concerned passer-by! Fortunately, for every grouchy old man on the street who disapproves of the bakfiets, we pass dozens of others who are fascinated by the whole endeavor. We met old man on the way to the twins’ 15-month doctor’s appointment this afternoon. On the way back, […]



Big bag of nails in there somewhere, too.

Picnic dinner


Say your basement is flooded with twenty inches of water and it’s only days after getting the heat and hot water repaired that you realize the water has shorted out the motor in your washing machine. You’ve got 10 days’ worth of laundry for four people, two of whom are 15-month-olds. One of the loads […]