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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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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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A Snowy Day

Today is a winter day, a sit by the fire, sipping Irish coffee day.  This is what I am doing right now: sitting by the fire, sipping a warm drink, watching the snow whirl outside.  Fresh clean snow is transforming … 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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The Butterfly Effect

Photographing butterflies is difficult.  Somedays I just can’t get the shutter speed right.  The result is Victorian Fairy photographs—spots of light like Tinkerbell dancing in a meadow.  Butterflies, in the woods, in meadows, in gardens, represent beauty and delight.  We … Continue reading

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The Killing of the Shrew

My husband says that he heard that shrews could be tamed.  He hasn’t had much luck though and he’s been trying for thirty-five years.  English class joke aside, I will confess that I didn’t know what a shrew was until … Continue reading

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Critters

Last night we had a thunder storm.  Spectacular lightning!  This morning I went out into the yard and found that something had trampled the day lilies in the front yard.  Trampled may not be the right word.  As a former … Continue reading

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