Saturday, November 21, 2015

missed the 13th

Reflections on missing Friday the 13th and looking ahead to Thanksgiving



one leaf just hanging in there!
one leaf just hanging in there!

Sunday, November 08, 2015

It's sooner than you think - Dodge Poetry Festival 2016

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Less than a Year Until #DPF16!


October 20-23, 2016 The Dodge Poetry Festival is returning to Newark, New Jersey, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and Newark's Downtown Arts District. 

The 4th consecutive Festival in Newark will feature:
  • more than five dozen poets, storytellers and musicians
  • a vibrant Downtown Arts District – home to galleries, historic churches, museums and NJPAC's gorgeous theaters – transformed into a walkable poetry village alive with readings, music and conversation
  • festive outdoor area with multiple food options
  • magnificently restored historic Military Park with gardens, walkways and areas for relaxation and contemplation
  • new downtown hotels within easy walking distance to all Festival sites
  • deep discounts to the Festival on mass transit
  • Poetry Bookstore featuring book-signings by participating poets.
Visit our website for regular updates leading up to the 16th Biennial Dodge Poetry Festival.  The complete list of poets will be announced in April during National Poetry Month.


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I missed going in 2014, did go in 2012, would like to get back there is 2016.

Friday, November 06, 2015

Election reflections

For all the details on recent Franklin election, you can find them at

Franklin election sign on the bridge downtown
Franklin election sign on the bridge downtown

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Podcast recommendations

As the week ends and Franklin Matters is busy preparing for the Nov 3rd election, some podcast recommendations come to mind. I been interviewing candidates and while it doesn't surprise me that there are connections and common points, the nature of the connections and common points is always exciting and interesting.

Hence some recommendation for other interview based podcasts that I find worthy of my playlist.

colors of the season
colors of the season

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Pond St Tour (audio)

It was a rainy day so on my walk I explored the former sewer treatment plant on Pond St in Franklin.

Here is a brief audio recording while I was in the middle of the property. For additional info on the RFP process you can jump over to

Check out the Flickr slideshow of the key photos of what I saw on the walk.

Pond St Tour

Friday, September 25, 2015

Cool Reflections

Thinking out loud this Friday morning

early morning dew on Fletcher Field
early morning dew on Fletcher Field

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

September Wednesday - 9/16/15

Reflections on Wednesday, almost the end of Sep, almost the end of the quarter, only one quarter of the year to go!

shadow play on the wall of the house, ladders to fix the corner board where the woodpeckers have attacked
shadow play on the wall of the house, ladders to fix the corner board where the woodpeckers have attacked

Monday, September 07, 2015

strawberries, rhubarb and nectarine crisp

I had some rhubarb to cut so I got the inspiration to do a strawberry rhubarb crisp. I went googling to find a crisp topping that was gluten free and found this recipe after searching through all the apple crisps that popped up. 

I added the rhubarb to the strawberries and nectarines. I swapped corn flake crumbs for the almond flour and used almond slivers in place of the pecans. Otherwise, the ingredient list and process remained the same.

It did come out very tasting very good!

the finished product!
the finished product!

Original recipe

strawberries, nectarines and rhubarb
strawberries, nectarines and rhubarb


  • ~ 4 cups strawberries and nectarines, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • pinch sea salt
  • 4 Tbsp cold butter (dairy free for vegan) or sub olive oil

the crumb topping mixed together
the crumb topping mixed together


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and butter an 8x8 (or similar size) baking dish.
  • Add fruit directly to the dish as you chop it and spread until flat.
  • To a mixing bowl add crisp ingredients and, using your hands, mix until all of the butter is evenly distributed.
  • Add to the top of the fruit in an even layer.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the fruit is bubbling and the top is crisp and golden

ready to bake
ready to bake