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TWO MEATBALLS & MASHED POTATOES, twenty-five cents


Lunchtime did not loom large in my imagination during my youth Justifiable perhaps given the likelihood of all too familiar contents in my paper bag or lunch pail. I don’t recall seeing a single cafeteria, serving what I imagined to be delicious lunches. In the small two room schoolhouse in New London, Connecticut, I am […]

A THIRD HAND COUCH


A THIRD HAND COUCH What is in everyone’s living room? Couch, sofa, divan or at least Something to sit upon. We had wedding rings and silverware and a rented maroon something which belonged to Aunt Helen. Father talked old Harry Hal out of a salvageable relic just for the fun of the bargain. Dirty, torn […]

THE MAGIC OF SOUP


My mother always told me to order clam chowder on a Friday, because that is when it would be freshest, and not to order chili or baked beans in the middle of the week as it would probably be warmed over. I don’t know if that is true, but soup at any time of the […]

A TOAST TO JOHN BARLEYCORN


Some of us refer to this season as “Fall”, while to others it is “Autumn”, I suppose it depends upon which part of the country one comes from. At any rate, the season between summer and winter prior to the 17th century was referred to as harvest season, and wheat, corn and barley were at […]

SECOND CHANCES


“Heavenly Stairway” Original watercolor painting by kayti sweetland rasmussen SECOND CHANCES Ask the way to the river. Don’t go where others lead you. Reach for the rope. It will lead you home. You can’t go back to come to this place where inkstained marks on a kitchen door show where the top of your head […]

HELLO GOD


Hello God, I don’t know if your remember me, it’s been awhile since we spoke. I know how busy you are, but I wanted to tell you about my friend Joan, who just moved in up there. She was one of the best people I have known down here, so I assume she has already […]

50 SHADES OF ALMOST EVERYTHING


Rest in peace Cadmium Yellow, Orange and Red (c.1829-2014). Your vibrant, exuberant and reliable reign is about to be brutally terminated. Cut down in your prime by colorless legislators in the European Union. Cadmium pigment for oils, acrylic, and watercolor has been an ingredient of artists’ palettes since the 19th century, and prized for brilliance, […]