Category Archives: everyday life

Storm Watch 2

Sandy is coming.  The predication is that we will lose power sometime this afternoon.  The entire town has shut down.  Companies are closed.  Schools are closed for the next two days (snow days).  The Connecticut governor plans to close the … Continue reading

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Eye of Newt and Toe of Frog

Ah cooking!  A science not unlike alchemy.  One takes the ingredients, blends them together and hopes for a dish that the family will like.  Moms feeding children have an easier time than I do.  They can set rules: “No veggies; … Continue reading

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Squirrels!

In April, three weeks after we moved into our Connecticut house, gray squirrels appeared, boldly crossing the lawn and playing pickup games on the basketball court.  Outraged by the invasion, the female pointer would race from window to window, woofing … Continue reading

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The Honeymoon Seat

This week my husband and I celebrated our thirty-fifth wedding anniversary by taking a trip to Acadia National Park in Maine.  Until we began planning our trip, we didn’t know that one of the unique features of Acadia was its … Continue reading

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Home Alone

If I could remake the 1990 film, Home Alone, the mom would be the one left behind.  Ah, the joy.  She would rush out of the bathroom and see her family leaving for the airport in a cab, the mounds … Continue reading

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Dogs and Toads Are Not Friends

One of my dogs may be an addict, a toad addict.  In June, my daughter and I read an article by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, “Our Animal Natures,” in the New York Times Sunday Review.  In her discussion of how some addictive … Continue reading

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A Cycling Hero

The sports news yesterday in Connecticut was not the Olympics.  In case you missed it, Jim Calhoun, legendary UConn basketball coach, went home after hip surgery.   The Hartford Courant ran two stories on Calhoun’s discharge from the hospital, one in … Continue reading

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True Confessions of a Nonshopper

My life is a series of shopping lists.  As soon as I think I am done, someone hands me a new list.  I used to shop on my way home from work once (sometimes twice) a week.  I also had … Continue reading

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Tranquility and the Sport of Running

Running along the narrow path between the trees along the river, I feel something spiritual yet primitive.  These are feelings that I cannot accurately label.  I feel my feet hit the path; I hear the leaves moving as the dogs … Continue reading

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RIP Red Kayak

My kayak died last Friday, Friday the thirteenth.  I know that some of you saw a photo on Facebook of me kayaking on the Farmington River that day.  I did cruise up and down this mile long section of the … Continue reading

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