Saturday Linkages: Broody Hens, Killer Gardens and Salt-Rising Bread


Surveillance camera bird-feeder …

Broody Hens and the Meaning of Life. My new blog post on The Tangled Nest. …

Coping With Heat in the Garden: Drought-Tolerant Crops, Resilient Perennials and More

The whole world has a weight problem, new report says …

You’re probably using the wrong dictionary:

While the Economy Grows, Americans Continue to Drive Less …

Killer GARDENS | Garden Rant …

The Disquieting Delights Of Salt-Rising Bread

Ruins on New York’s abandoned island reclaimed by nature …

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  1. Just for that entry on the Webster Dictionary – THANK YOU. For years I’ve been trying to locate a thorough dictionary online and wondering what happened. I’d sit in on the floor in the back of the classroom in high school reading the dictionary. When the teacher asked why, I’d tell them they were nice, don’t worry about it. Again, thanks. And I don’t mean that in a nice way (the old definition), I mean it kindly.

    • I just installed the 1913 as my computer’s dictionary. So happy! Like you, I’m a dictionary reader. The LA library has access to the OED online and I can get lost in that for hours when I go in just to check a single word.

  2. Now the question is, has anyone experimented with Salt rise GLUTEN FREE breads or is it necessary to have the wheat gluten to get it to rise? I see some recipes around actually call for WHEAT GLUTEN as part of the starter recipe!

  3. I love words! I remember when I was three-years-old my father buying and using a dictionary exclusively for crossword puzzles. I learned to read and then read the dictionary, finding it to be fascinating. I still actively read dictionaries from the shelf, not the online ones.

    My dream would be to have the OED, all 20+ volumes. I am not sure how many have been added as updates. Having it online would be a poor second, but it would suffice.

    After my daughter was married, I gave her a huge, good dictionary (forgot the name) which she said was stored up high on a closet shelf. I cried. When her son needed a dictionary for school, they put it in his room. He used it and read it for fun. I rejoiced. His father said he used it all the time (age 8 or so) and knew more words than he did. Since the son has been a voracious reader since he “read” pictures, I feel my gift of words was not wasted.

  4. I looked for more images for North Brother island and came up with a couple interesting facts – it was the site of the worst maritime disaster in NYC history. A ferry docked at the island after catching fire. 1200 people lost their lives. And Typhoid Mary was confined to the island after finally being tracked down and detained. She lived there until her death in 1938.

  5. New Oxford Dictionary American Dictionary as an “ig” to start the pronunciation of “example.” I Standard American English and I put an “x” (ex) sound as the initial sound. My way of speech is just not a Southern dialect when I pronounce this word. From the guide for this one word, “example,” I would never use it as a guide to pronunciation. Does anyone else use “ig” as the first syllable of “example” or “ex” as I do?

    • Erik and I both think/thought we use an “ex” sound, but also found if you say the word over and over fast it becomes more like “ic”- icksample Listened to an online pronunciation dictionary and the very proper English gentleman said igzample and it sounded right. Dunno.

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