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One dark night before the time change, as I was driving to work along NY State Route 97, I met a bear on Basket Bridge. I work an overnight shift, so it was nearing the witching hour of midnight … more
“Down, down,yellow and brownthe leaves are fallingall over the town.”  This rhyme has come back to me each autumn since 1971 when my kindergarten teacher introduced it to me and … more
It started in June when my husband, John, announced, yet again, that he was abandoning civilization. He said he was moving to the woods. Such was his Henry David Thoreau inspired response to many … more
Leaving home for college is exciting but it is also fraught with anxiety and confusion. No more so than this year as colleges and universities launch into the new academic year amid the … more
Our most traditional and taken-for-granted events are up in the air this year, stolen by COVID-19—the ultimate wrench in the works, in more ways than one. The speculation started back in … more
An enormous truffle sprung from my flower bed last spring, the likes of which would make the record books for price as well as size. It stopped me in my tracks one morning as I wearily returned from … more
My son Sam attended his “Virtual degree Conferral” (AKA graduation in pre-pandemic parlance) from Syracuse University (SU) in our crepe-paper-festooned living room this past … more
There is a photograph of my grandmother with her hair piled high on top of her head in the Gibson Girl style of the early 20th Century. She is standing in a field in Pea Brook, New York. Her hair is … more
I have a “hunch” that you don’t really want to read what I have to say regarding COVID-19, the coronavirus sweeping the globe. I am not an expert on infectious diseases. I am not a … more
This year’s mild winter in the Upper Delaware region has had a lot of benefits. Some of the most obvious, of course, are lower heating bills and safer driving conditions. But it hasn’t … more
I have never been one for New Year’s resolutions. Dieting and exercising more—two of the most common resolutions every year—are not for me, commendable as they may be. Sure, I … more
I have never been much for decorating; clutter seems to be my main interior design. At Christmas, we have a tree, of course. We have a wreath on the door. But no lights strung up along the outside … more
Fall is a time to gather perspective after the relaxed days of summer. We recommit ourselves to work. Kids go back to school. We put snow tires on the car in anticipation of the ice and snow soon to … more
I found a Barbie shoe under the bookcase last week. Revealed by the swish of the broom, it is a souvenir of some long-forgotten afternoon when my daughter played with her dolls on the living room … more
It’s been a banner year for butterflies here in the Upper Delaware River Valley, according to my neighbors and friends. Resident butterfly buffs have noticed an uptick in monarch (Danaus … more
My father, a World War II army veteran, did not talk much about his time spent in Europe during the war. He liked to recall meeting Gertrude Stein in a hospital in Paris when he was recovering from … more
As a mother, I think I am considered pretty lenient. We are not a household of rules; I am not a great rule follower, myself. Maybe I drew the line at a few sugary cereals, but searching my memory of … more
I work a job on the nightshift and, consequently, sleep all day. This is not such a bad idea in the dark of winter, as I huddle like some cocooned creature in my quilts and Afghans. But, in the … more
I just scheduled a road test for my daughter, Lily, to get her NY state driver’s license. This means she has to hurry up and learn how to parallel park in the next week or so. But it also means … more
We are in the tug-of-war time between seasons. Yes, we know who will win. As the ground thaws out, the sweet, mucky scent of the warming earth will arise. Spring will drag winter through the glorious … more
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