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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