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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

writing advice

I have offered this one piece of advice to new writers and stuck writers, so it seems only reasonable that I recently followed it myself. There is a story lurking deep in me, something I wrote quite a few pages of many years ago, then lost. And you know how it is with lost writings: It was the best,... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Earliest memories

I can remember just a few snatches of life when I was three, possibly two. I remember ducklings in a bathtub at my sister's kindergarten. I remember my mother taking leftover breakfast pancakes, buttering them, rolling them up and sticking a toothpick through, then dusting them with powdered sugar.... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 20, 2017


A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. -Fyodor Dostoevsky, novelist (1821-1881) Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

What's for breakfast?

Breakfast is a cultural thing. The Hearty American Breakfast derives from the first meal of a farmer's day, eaten after the cows were milked and livestock fed and watered. There was oatmeal with plenty of thick cream and maple sugar. There were fried potatoes, and the golden buckwheat cakes, as many... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Elsa's Library

My daughter. Elsa's mum, has asked friends and relatives this question: What books do you most remember and hold precious from your childhood? For me, it was Winnie the Pooh and all the related books by AA Milne, and Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, and a little later, Laura Ingalls Wilder's... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Journey Prep II

What do you do before a trip to prepare for your home-coming? I have been clearing the perishables from my fridge and cupboards this week, freezing what I can't eat. The plan is to make the house clean and welcoming with fresh sheets on the bed and random things put away. Charlie has said he will... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Journey Prep

How soon do you start getting yourself and your stuff ready for a trip? For me, it starts with a surge of anxiety, especially if I have to have my passport, and am not at that moment certain where it is. That hits when I realize I have less than a month to find it, and not lose it again. It is the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


Soda, pop, sodapop, cola, seltzer... Couch, divan, sofa, settee... Purse, handbag, bag... Sack, bag, parcel... So many words for essentially the same things, without even significantly different nuances of meaning! These are words we grew up with, words we use out of habit and familiarity that are... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

What's your recipe for fending off a cold?

After a more or less full night's sleep, I started with a cup of hot lime 'tea' instead of coffee and a zinc troche dissolving slowly, bathing my throat it its goodness until I stop resisting the impulse to bite on it and chew it to smithereens. It doesn't usually take long. Later, some actual tea... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Prompt: What are you still laughing about?

When I was visiting my daughter in England a year and a half ago, we were walking alongside a field of grazing cattle. There were a quantity of roundish objects scattered across the field. I asked my daughter, "Are those turnips?" She replied with great patience, "No, Mom, those are cows." I still... Sign in to see full entry.

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