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Read in the Blue Line

A reminder of how to love those we’ve lost

Live long enough and the sorrows keep piling up. Friends and family pass away, suddenly and slowly, predictably and shockingly. Former Watertown Daily Times reporter Norah Machia details those losses — the accidents, illnesses, and suicides of 14 people. But her focus, as the title ...

Massive maple effort had sweet results

I’d heard in the past about an unusual early 19th century maple sugar operation not far from Tupper Lake. Several years ago, I hiked to what turns out to have been part of the site. But only upon reading “A Sugarbush Like None Other,” by Matthew Thomas, did I really gain an appreciation ...

Poems of close attention

The title of this collection of poems, “Things As It Is,” by Chase Twichell, whose connection to the Adirondacks goes back generations, may seem like a grammatical error. But the title is taken from a phrase from an interview with Zen monk and teacher Suzuki Roshi, who assured the ...

A novel with some ‘credibility’

My favorite lessons in the Arizona elementary school I attended taught about the culture and traditions of the Pueblo, Hopi, and Navajo tribes. Later, during junior high school in Louisiana, (before “Google” became a verb), I absorbed every fact and myth about the Aztec and Inca empires ...

An ‘unpleasant strain’ in family life

Russell Newell’s wry and self-deprecating “Irondad Life” chronicles his preparation for and participation in the 2018 Ironman Lake Placid triathlon. After volunteering for the 2012 competition, Newell committed himself to completing the triathlon that includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile ...

Guidebook offers insight on animals

Ten years ago I attended a tracking workshop in the eastern Adirondacks. An instructor led us through the woods, noting feather marks left by a landing grouse on the snow, a melted area where a bobcat had rested, the wandering bounds of a weasel. I hadn’t tried to imagine the lives of absent ...