bev – Better mosquitoes than black flies, though, I’m thinking. (I was so ready to leave Maine when I was five!)

Natalie – You’re right – fussing with one’s blog is good cure for blogtigue, as you call it. I do like the theme I have now, and would probably only change it for something I designed myself. Which, given the current state of my abilities, will probably be just short of never.

Ramps are a kind of wild leek popular as a spring tonic in the Appalachians. Seppuku is the correct way to say harakiri – Japanese ritual suicide. (It’s the same two characters, with the Sino-Japanese pronunciation in the first instance and the native japanese pronunciation in the second.)