Notes from the Snug Aerie

When the Snow Melts

When the Snow Melts

Let’s get this straight first: I sing. I’m a classically trained tenor who loves singing in choirs, the harder the better (up to about the middle Romantic era), and solos when I get the chance. I enjoy opera music, and when I listen to the great choral works of the ages, I melt. Ask my wife.

Music lubricates my work, and sometimes informs it. I consider my monthly Spotify subscription a necessary business expense, as it improves my creativity and execution. But I can’t work when people are singing, which is most of the stuff you find on Spotify nowadays. I...


A Tale of Two Tires

A Tale of Two Tires

Cars and I have this thing ...especially the tires.

Installing a wood-burning stove for hobbits

Installing a wood-burning stove for hobbits

Space heaters and campfires are out, so how to heat my studio?

The real secret to gardening in cold-climate, short-season, rocky, shady soil

The real secret to gardening in cold-climate, short-season, rocky, shady soil

The real secret to gardening in cold-climate, short-season, rocky, shady soil