October 2019

October 2019

Dramatic Changes When we lived in Tennessee, the arrival of fall was accompanied by a much more dramatic change in thelandscape than we experience here in Oregon. The transition of the deciduous forests from a carpet ofgreen to the warm orange, deep reds, and...
September 2019

September 2019

Back to School Ah – September. The days are not quite as long, our mailboxes (or inboxes) are full of Labor Day sales ads, and millions are gearing up to go back to school. When my wife and I first became landlords, we both worked full-time jobs at Vanderbilt...

August 2019

Winter is coming. I love this time of year here in the Pacific Northwest. The sun is shining, it isn’t too hot, and it isn’t humid. Fresh-from-the-garden fruits and vegetables are ubiquitous. It is easy to get a full day’s work in by 3 PM and still have plenty of...
July 2019

July 2019

My wife attended several scientific conferences in Italy this year, with the last one held on the Amalfi Coast in June, where I joined her for a little R&R. We arrived at the train station in Vietri sul Mare on a Monday evening, but when we stepped off the...
June 2019

June 2019

Ah spring! The tulips are done blooming, the Rose Festival is under way, the irises are in full glory, and the peonies are…laying on the ground. Peonies are one of my favorite plants, but it can be more than a little discouraging to come outside in the morning after a...