Category Archives: Life in Connecticut

The Ice Dam Cometh

When I first heard the words “ice dam” last year, I thought of a babbling brook blocked by snow and ice.  Or maybe a stream under ice.  A sparkling frozen river.  I thought this even though my friend said:  “It … Continue reading

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The Getting Ready for Winter Workout

I have Lucinda William’s song, “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road” stuck in my head (and if you have to have a song stuck in your head, anything by Lucinda Williams is enjoyable). Why is this song looping over and … Continue reading

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Resilience

 I haven’t written a blog post in almost a year, partly because I have been chasing a toddler. I think this is a legitimate excuse.  After all, I’ve used it before.  Recently I shifted through the reams of my poems … Continue reading

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Tooth and Claw

Lately Alfred Lord Tennyson’s line “Nature, red in tooth and claw” (“In Memoriam A. H. H.”, Canto 56, line 15) keeps popping into my head.   Wild animals lurk in trees surrounding our lot, but this is not unique.  Even in … Continue reading

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Through the eyes of a child: Scary Monsters

  To a one and a half year old, the entire world is a frontier, perfect for exploration and discovery.  Yet at the same time, the world can be a scary place, filled with fantastic monsters and gruesome creatures. My … Continue reading

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Hiking with Friends

 Last Monday was the type of autumn day that lures people to New England.  The sun was bright; the trees were a riot of yellow, red and orange.  I met a group of friends to walk and talk. On the … Continue reading

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Happy to be . . .

I am happy to be alive.  On a crisp autumn day, I revel in the falling leaves, giggle at the frantic squirrels; stop to watch a cardinal flit through some bushes; hold my breath when the deer bounds in front … Continue reading

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Welcome Fall!

Saturday my husband bought a leaf-blower.  Last year we bought two rakes and tackled the lawn the old fashioned way.  This year he is going for speed and power.  Like all our new yard appliances—the lawn mower, the trimmer, the … Continue reading

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Summer Excursions

I have been absent from this blog for some time now. I confess that I have been distracted by two other writing projects that consume much of my energy (and creep into my dreams). I think of topics for this … Continue reading

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Patriot’s Day, April 15, 2013

Patriot’s Day April 15, 2013 On a perfect spring afternoon, sirens interrupt my raking. Racing down the road a quarter mile away, they drown the church bells announcing the hour and move on. My thoughts are on the sirens a … Continue reading

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