New Brad Chapter: Seeking roots

There aren’t any rules for when your best friend tells you he got HIV on purpose. Haunted by ghosts living and dead, Brad searches Sleepy Hollow for meaning. He understands why he did what he did. But can anybody else?

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Author’s Notes —

Even though Sleepy Hollow is a mere 25 or 30 minute drive from Manhattan, it’s a different world. Or at least it was in the 90s. When Brad, Lenny, and I visited, it was still officially North Tarrytown, and annual Halloween spectaculars did not yet dominate. One could visit the old mill, the Dutch church, and tour Nathaniel Hawthorne’s house, all of which we did. We also toured some ancient botanical gardens with magnificent old rose bushes. I have no idea if they’re still there.

I did bake bread the next day from fresh milled flour. If you never have done, it’s a revelation. Commercial flour has the wheat germ separated out, because it doesn’t keep for more than a couple days. The germ has a nutty, earthy, even vaguely pungent flavor that makes for amazing bread. I recommend trying to find fresh milled flour and baking with it within a day or two.

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