Monthly Archives: March 2011

Lethal Weapon

Ants have been the bane of my exis­tence lately. From a minor nui­sance in sum­mer, they have evolved into a year-round annoy­ance, and the sin­gle track of the tribe across my kitchen counter top has expanded to accom­mo­date spur lines to the dish­washer, the base­boards, the wide open spaces of the kitchen floor. … They

Signs of spring

Just one week ago, amid chilly show­ers and dip­ping tem­per­a­tures, spring seemed to be reced­ing even as the cal­en­dar advanced. The early bloomers–the win­ter jas­mine and forsythia–were still blaz­ing along for all the world as if it were Feb­ru­ary, while I had  spot­ted only one flow­er­ing tree–a lonely lit­tle apricot–giving a show from the median

Here be monsters

As a kid, I loved–I mean absolutely adored–Japan­ese daikaiju eiga: mon­ster movies and tele­vi­sion shows. I, of course, arrived too late to the party of the orig­i­nal Godzilla, released in 1954, but I sat riv­eted at the spec­ta­cle of Destroy All Mon­sters, fea­tur­ing the shudder-inducing tri­fecta of Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra, in 1968–my appetite for such

Spring Fever

While Baby worked on the site plan, I’ve been work­ing dili­gently on a com­pan­ion plant­ing scheme for our gar­den on 10–1/2 Street. See, I have this whole thing about weeding–as in hat­ing it, espe­cially while sweat­ing and swat­ting bugs in July. So I want to try  some­thing I’ve only read about: plant­ing bioin­ten­sively. You could