Early morning snow on Larch Lake

It’s been a long and warm autumn, but each day there are more signs that winter is on its way. Most of the leaves have fallen from the trees and formed hilly brown piles at the edge of the woods. My birds’ coop is filled with loose feathers — the…

Photo by Jason Bond, on one of our group hikes

For almost twenty years, I lived in Massachusetts, in an area nestled between the Berkshire Mountains and the Eastern Massachusetts ridge: The Pioneer Valley.

My first two addresses were college dorm rooms. The next was a boxy one bedroom apartment, situated behind a small strip mall with a 7-eleven and…

Photo of Central New York in Autumn, by the author

I started publishing essays on Medium earlier this year, when everything in my life felt like it was falling apart.

Originally my idea was to revive my old, abandoned humor blog, The Lower Crust, which I once used to write comedic reviews of Lifetime movies and pizza boxes. …

Deceptigod and Stargazer, 2021

We started out in 2020 with seven chickens, raised as chicks in two batches. The first batch included Jess Junior, Bella, Biscuit, and Eggo. Later on came Sally, Deceptigod, and Ostro. As you can tell, my niece and nephew named most of them.

Cody and I are both researchers at…

After you have a miscarriage, you hear the word “luck” a lot. You’d think this would come from friends, maybe a priest. Surprisingly, it’s what the doctors tell you. “Just bad luck.” they say. Hearing a word one associates with rabbit’s foot keychains coming from disciples of capital-S Science… Well…

Our life, it seems, has been consumed by healthcare lately. In addition to the ever-growing vials of vitamins and woo woo fertility remedies on the kitchen counter, there are numerous antibiotics and ointments for our menagerie of pets. It’s been prescriptions and appointments nonstop, for human and animal alike. …

Cody and I have a lot of odd synchronicities in our childhoods. We are similar(ly odd) people, so I suppose it makes sense that this shared weirdness traces back to our formative years. Examples include a love of dinosaurs, whales and science fiction, recurrent ear infections, and — notable to…

Jessica Martin

Former city gal living in a country cabin as we build a forever home. Adventures in lowbrow homesteading and, of course, TV.

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