Weekly Dirt: 8/13-8/19

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This Week’s Cultural Heritage Highlight

In this case, it’s a watch: this mini-documentary, “I Remember, I Believe”, that we featured on the SHA Blog, is fantastic. It covers a number of important topics, from quality excavations, reburial, post-slavery African American life, and community Engagement. Take your lunch break to watch it:

Let’s Read

This Week’s Fun Book: I’m almost done with Water Music by T.C. Boyle. Slow and steady appears to be the approach.

This Week’s Research Book: I spent a lot of time this week with my nose in an Archaeology Report “Searching for the ‘Citty of Saint Maries’” by Henry Miller. This report was foundational in the understanding of St. Mary’s City, but it also includes some great data about the 19th century manor home that I’m studying for my dissertation.

On the Web

  • I really enjoyed this interview with Louis C.K., the Everyman comic. It’s refreshing to find a comic who is insightful instead of loud, and I think, for the most part, he presents a male celebrity that is relatable: Louis C.K. on eating pressure and providing an alternative to The Man 
  • Wonderful post on HBR about the connection between leadership and reading. Since I’ve stopped taking college classes and started writing my dissertation, I’ve found that the amount of reading I do, besides things related to the project at hand, has dropped significantly. This upsets me. So…I’ve thought about starting a book club for people who miss their English classes…like when you’d read a book and then have a smart conversation about it. Holler if that’s something you’d like to do. For Those Who Want to Lead, Read
  • Doug Glanville provides yet another wonderful glimpse into the world of baseball. Doug was one of my favorite Cub ballplayers, but I’ve enjoyed his post-ballplayer career even more as a journalist. Baseball, Faith, and Doubt
  • I’ve been starting to run more, and to take more photographs…I woke up in the middle of the night this past week thinking, “I should combine these two things!” So, I’m now in the process of training to be able to go on photo runs: basically, a long run where I take photos along the way. Like this guy: Gary Valles Photography on the Run
  • While it seems like a lot, many of these 12 things are completely achievable. I’ve been trying to work on them lately…today hasn’t been quite as good as it could be. 12 Things Killer Employees Do Before Lunch

Let’s Listen


Mumford and Sons and Bobby Womack’s newest album topped my listening tracks this past week. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to Womack’s album, The Bravest Man in the Universe, you’re missing out. It’s a powerful, soulful album from a veteran of soul music. Womack has been through numerous ups and downs throughout his career, and this is definitely an up. Plus, great album artwork.

Let’s Look

Plenty of photos from this past week. Most are from our trip up North last week to Lake Michigan. Also a photo pre-sprints at William and Mary, dying corn at Solomon’s Island, and archaeological excavations at Colonial Williamsburg. See more on Flickr.

Sprints and stairs today. sisters...in law In case you're wondering why food prices are going to go up #corn In which Dad wishes he owned a boat take a hike They have a well at the @colonialwilliamsburg @williamandmary excavations:

Let’s (have a) Drink

We had some good friends from Richmond over this past week, and started things off with this fantastic Bourbon Peach Smash…Peaches courtesy of our CSA, Dominion Harvest mixed with Waterford Reserve. It was pretty yummy. Here’s the recipe, via Imbibe Magazine:

2 slices fresh peach
Handful fresh mint
1 slice fresh ginger
1 oz. simple syrup
1 1/2 oz. fine bourbon
Splash Punt e Mes (substituted vermouth)
Ginger ale
Garnish: mint sprig and ginger slice

Add ingredients in an Old Fashioned glass and muddle. Add bourbon and Punt e Mes. Pack with large chunks of ice, top with ginger ale and garnish.

Source: imbibemagazine.com via Terry on Pinterest