This page includes posts from October
8-21, 2006 in the usual reverse
order. Each posting on the home page is perma-linked to these
Two recent posts give an indication of the increasing growth and maturity of the Delaware blogosphere.
Bill Slawski is organizing a Delaware Bloggers' conference in Newark next month, and I hope that a lot of our fellow Blue Hen bloggers find the time to attend.
My hopes for this conference's success improved when I read what appears to be a remarkably comprehensive set of blog descriptions at Hube's site. He not only provides a pithy description of the general content of Delaware's contributors to the internet, but also grades the appeal of the blog layouts.
BTW, Hube, this site is constructed using Frontpage 2002.
I am such a dinosaur.
Hat tip--Mike Mahaffie for the Hube link.
This week I finished reading Jim Geraghty's Voting to Kill: How 9/11 launched the era of Republican leadership. The folks at Simon & Shuster were gracious enough to send it to me for review a few weeks ago.
It's way past the original publishing date, but books have such a long tail that I wasn't too concerned about the fact that my work and other responsibilities kept me from flogging this fine bit of reportage and commentary until now.
Much of the book reminded me of David Frum's How We Got Here, especially in how Geraghty describes the political culture and foreign policy choices of Republicans and Democrats during my lifetime.
As a fairly conservative Democrat, the book also provides more than ample proof of the current orphan status within my own party of those of us who favor a briskly hawkish approach to protecting this country from its foreign enemies.
Geraghty also gives his readers dozens of depressing descriptions of instances where partisanship rises far above principle in the daily discourse of our so-called political leadership. It's the kind of stuff that sometimes makes me despair of our chances to maintain the kind of broad-based defensive coalition we need against those who just don't care about our domestic political differences--because they want us all dead.
In the last chapter, Geraghty sounds a bit more optimistic about our prospects for a vigorous defense against Islamofascism than I am right now--and I deeply hope he's right.
Here are the links to the most recent golf columns:
Preparing for fall golf in the Cape Region is about how folks treat the upcoming end of the season for posting their scores. Once November comes, golfers around here use whatever handicap they finish with in October for the next five months.
This can create some *interesting* performance incentives.
Can you hear me now? is about cell phone etiquette on the golf course--or sometimes, the lack of it.
In part, that fact has to do with its location at the head of Rehoboth Bay, about a mile across the Bay from the rest of the park.
The larger reasons have to do with its sensitive ecological and historical significance, especially for local Native American history.
Here's some of what state researchers said about the place when it was considered for inclusion in the National Register:
Once the state acquired the property, it imposed significant access restrictions on the island, to help preserve the archeological heritage still buried there.
With some difficulty, folks can still walk onto the island from the mainland. Otherwise, those seeking to visit it must beach their small craft on the spits of sand on the island's south and east shorelines. Back when I kept a Sunfish at the Rehoboth Beach Sailing Association, I would sometimes sail over and stroll around.
Nowadays, the island is primarily part of the local scenery, and there's some comfort in knowing that it will be kept in its current state.
It also forms a nice backdrop for a photograph of a sunset in mid-October, taken during a windy boat ride:
Have a great weekend.
So go there, already, and start planning for the movies you want to see from November 8 through 12.
You weren't really scheduled to do anything else that weekend--of course.
And if you let me know ahead of time, I'll be able to set aside some Oatmeal Raisin Cookies for you to enjoy during the Festival.
Columbus Day is one of my favorite state holidays, for admittedly self-centered reasons.
When my daughters were in public schools, Columbus Day was just another day at school. For my wife, Columbus Day is just another day of teaching at the community college.
For me, it’s a day off, by myself.
Naturally, this also meant that I would fix dinner.
I decided to try an experiment with pork, apples, apple cider, and cream.
It was very well-received, so here’s the recipe.
In a medium saucepan, heat the 2 cups of cider until it comes to a gentle boil, and let it reduce to a cup. Stir in the cup of whipping cream and the mustard, and let the mixture reduce again to about one and a quarter cup of sauce.
While the cider is reducing, in a sauté pan heat the peeled apple slices in the butter until softened and falling apart. When the cider cream mixture is fully reduced, stir the sautéed apples into the sauce.
Season both sides of the pork chops with salt and pepper, and broil them.
When the chops are done, spoon the cider cream sauce thickly over them, and serve.
This makes enough sauce to serve four, with perhaps a little left over.
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