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A Beach Somewhere

After I posted my last blog about my identity crisis, I sat watching the snow blanket my world. I put on my boots and my parka, whistled for the dogs and went for a walk up my driveway. Snowflakes melted … Continue reading

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Never the Same Way Twice Mac n Cheese

It’s New Year’s Eve.  This time last year (and the nineteen years before that), I was putting the finishing touches on a casserole for a neighborhood New Year’s Eve party.  Today I am chilling champagne for a small family gathering.  … Continue reading

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Gratitude

We learned the story of the first Thanksgiving at Plymouth colony in Massachusetts in grade school.  We played at being Native Americans and pilgrims, sharing pumpkin shaped cookies and coloring turkeys.  We were too young to remember the moral of … 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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Life with Dogs

This is my grandson’s chair: This is the dog that sat in the chair and smashed it: An almost 70 pound German Shorthair Pointer.  Why?  Perhaps because he was mad at me for locking them all in the sunroom when … Continue reading

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Stone Walls

Lines from Robert Frost’s poem, “Mending Wall” run through my mind as my dogs patrol the one stone wall in my yard.  The speaker ruminates: “’Something there is that doesn’t love a wall/That wants it down.’  I could say ‘Elves’ … Continue reading

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The Lost Bracelet

Yesterday I lost my favorite bracelet.  This bracelet is a simple braided black leather band.  The clasp, however, is distinctive:  two silver dragon heads, each biting down on a silver circle that resembles the leather band.  My husband gave it … Continue reading

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Part 10: Our New Nest

How important is the place where one lives?  Is the building itself important?  Or is it the way one feels when one retreats to one’s abode?  Is home the heart?  The mind?  A fortress?  A retreat?  What makes a house … Continue reading

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Part 9: Road Trip!

After the movers came and went, after we said our good byes to neighbors and friends, after we spent one last night in the house where we had lived for twenty-one years,  we put the dogs in the truck, secured … Continue reading

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