Friday, August 19, 2011

Directness

I came across this article while tripping around the web at lunch, today. I love one of the concluding paragraphs for it speaks of language needing to be utilitarian, in some respect. It speaks to my love of direct, elegant writing, if not blunt writing:

At 20 I congratulated myself on my awareness of the subjectivity of aesthetic judgments, the arbitrariness of critical proclamations, the folly of received wisdom. I pored over the Deconstructionists and the French feminists and advocated, in complete seriousness, the overthrow of language. (Also, the patriarchy.) Then I went to law school and was forced to confront serious practical and ethical questions — Brown v. Board of Education, for instance, and Roe v. Wade — that managed not to be resolved by the insights of Derrida. Now, having entered and abandoned the practice of law and spent roughly a decade straddling legal publishing and the blogosphere, I’m increasingly drawn to directness, which precludes neither nuance nor irony. (For details, see the essays of Mark Twain, who believed that “plain question and plain answer make the shortest road out of most perplexities.”)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Beacon Roundhouse

The Roundhouse At Beacon Falls is just one part of a large development project started this year to revitalize Beacon's East Main Street Area. So far they have cleaned up a lot of the area near the falls and the Main Street bridge, and the bridge has been replaced or fixed.

Just a few weeks ago, the Roundhouse opened up for customers. I stopped there and got some pictures this morning.




Here is a quick video of the area. I apologize if you can hear the guy yapping on his cell phone.

video

Monday, August 1, 2011

Beacon Farmer's Market

The Beacon Farmer's Market is held ever Sunday - even in the winter - at the train station parking lot. In foul weather, it is held indoors at the Beacon Sloop Club, same location. We stopped there yesterday on the way home from grocery shopping to complement those purchases with some fresh fruit and corn.

Migliorelli Farm is from Tivoli, about 30 miles north of here. We got peaches and corn from their stand, which is hardly a sampling of all their produce.


 Tierra Farms has all manner of dried fruit and nuts.



We get stuff from Pickle Licious from time time. Today we got Kalamata olives and pickled mushrooms.

There's also fresh bread...

...and iced coffee and ground coffee from Tas Kafe, which is in Beacon.

This gentleman was selling SerenDipiTea.

 A florist!

I had never heard of vegan ice cream until this day.

Jennifer got two boxes of ravioli from Bongo and Capacci (website not found!).

Occasionally there is someone selling handmade jewelry, such as It's A Wrap.

Another interesting vendor for whom I could find no web info.

Did you know we made wine here in Dutchess County? Millbrook Winery is in Millbrook (of all places), a beautiful small town with such residents as Ric Ocasek, Paulina Porizkova, Liam, Neeson, Timothy Leary (OK, he's dead, but I finally get to say "Timothy Leary's dead!"), Daryl Hall, Faith Hill, Sigourney Weaver, Rufus Wainright, and Mary Tyler Moore. The Cars recorded their latest album there in 2010. Golden Earring named their album, also recorded there, after the town.

Gotta love 'exquisite tarts' from Dutch Desserts.


Walnut Grove Farms.

Didn't catch where these folks were from, but their sandwiches smelled great.

Common Ground Farm is a community farming project run out of Beacon and Fishkill.

They have a cool bus!