CAPTAIN AUSTIN ROSS

  They say that Captain Austin Ross was a man who knew no bounds. Migrating to Horicon from Vermont at the age of 5, he enlisted in the Union Army, (not at 5), and then returned to Horicon as a farmer and lumberer. That was when he tested life by air,  by sea, (meaning Brant…

KEEPING UP WITH THE BIRDS

  According to the Audubon Society, if you have a birdfeeder the birds should be fed year round, but since I winter in New York there is an extended period when my birdfeeder is empty—waiting for the spring thaw. Some humans have experimented with this esoteric diet, namely; eating for six months of the year…

THE RURAL CEMETERY

 Once every autumn, on my way to Brant Lake, I visit the rural cemetery on the outskirts of Albany. It is a journey into memory. The cemetery lies beyond a meadow where horses graze and September asters, blue and delicate, pay homage to the evolving seasons. Last year, a small tractor, its young driver mowing…

SIOBHAN

  In the 1850’s, their country devastated by the potato famine, an influx of immigrants from Ireland arrived at Brant Lake. Many settled near Tannery Road where they cured hides in the local tannery. Descendants of this Irish population still live in our community and one afternoon I interviewed an Irish lady I will call…

GONE

    Gone. All that remains of what  came to be known as Barry House is a pile of rocks on a stretch of land between Point O’ Pines Camp and Brant Lake Boys Camp. The rocks cover a patch of wild mint. For many years the mint has flourished, surviving a spring ravaging from…

BAN THE PIN: REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S NEWS HEADLINES!

  In recent weeks America has been absorbed in emotional discussions on who may cross our borders. As I listen to these conversations I realize that the tiny hamlet of Brant Lake — in addition to Kevin The Loon, stone walls and Adirondack chairs, also offers insight into this disturbing issue of borders. As proof,…

ANNOUNCING—SEED CATALOG DAY!

  Johnny’s Seeds, Burpee, Burgess, Jung, R.H. Shumways, Select Seeds. The seed catalogs keep coming in—and I love it! When freezing days of winter subdue Brant Lake, what can be more comforting than cuddling up before the glowing embers in the fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate and a seed catalog. (I know that…