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CRICKETS AND COYOTES


The cheerful sound of cricket song beckons me outdoors in the lingering warmth of late summer evenings and I plop myself down under a fig tree to soak it all in; apples ripening on their trees, and figs already sharing their deliciousness. The hydrangea blossoms are packing it in for the year, but in their […]

SWIMMING IN THE MOONLIGHT


“The Mermaid” Painting by Audrey Mabee ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “People sometimes try to convince me that I am drowning. If that’s true I can breathe underwater. But I can’t just swim away like a mermaid. And sometimes I do struggle, But most of the time my eyes secure themselves with a deadened glaze and rest in the […]

WAS HUMPTY DUMPTY AN EGG?


“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses, And all the king’s men, Couldn’t put Humpty together again.” Humpty Dumpty has become so popular a nursery figure and is pictured so frequently that few people today think of the verse as containing a riddle. The reason the […]

A POISONOUS SUMMER ALL AROUND


What triggers a story? You sit staring at the blank white page on your computer, knowing you have something to say. The piles of notes scribbled all over the desk say you do. And you do this every day. As you sit, you think about the banana cream pie you started out in the kitchen, […]

THE GLASS PIRATE


We had lunch with Dale Chihuly several years ago in a small crowded Seattle restaurant while on a visit to see his show at the Seattle Museum. Of course he was hunched over his plate at an adjoining table and paid little or no attention to us, but nevertheless, we had lunch with him. He […]

LUNCH BOXES


I happen to like PBJ sandwiches. It used to be only with grape jelly, but I graduated to strawberry some years ago. Fresh baked bread of course is primo, but in a pinch any bread will do. Peanut butter and jelly remind me of the lunches my mother packed for me in my grammar school […]

A FLURRY OF BIRTHDAYS


It seems that this week contains the celebration of birthdays–not mine, but I get to be part of the celebrations which is even better. Yesterday’s luncheon on the island (Alameda) was in honor of two 87 year old high school friends, and Friday’s soiree is for a couple of 70 somethings. We were missing one […]