Category Archives: Random Ruminations

For Better or Worse…

His books, his booze, his Brooks Brothers shirts are all at home, but he is not. In their eighties, my once inseparable parents have been wrenched apart, physically anyway, by the disabling symptoms of Parkinson’s. Dad is in a veterans’ … Continue reading

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Defending the Chamois

The extraterrestrial has moved from the gardener to the blogger. If the gardener baffled, the blogger bewilders. Once again the Human Ambassador is summoned. ET: Why is the blogger frustrated and unhappy? HA: She feels pressure to remove some favorite things from her writing. ET: … Continue reading

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Turtle Update: Free At Last!

Five Photos, Five Stories #4 (only one more to go!) Challenge Rules: I am to post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem, or a … Continue reading

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Bookplates, Bats, and Bovines. Oh My.

When I spied this vintage bookplate, my frugal side reminded me I really don’t need another owl image.  The little bat in the corner, however, proved too much to resist and  I now have an addition to my owl collection. Are you afraid of … Continue reading

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The Ecstatic Gesture

This is not a post about daffodils, I assure you, in spite of the quote I am about to share. As we all know, the only way to plant daffodils is to pile them on to a tray, and then … Continue reading

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War Stories: The Painting

I grew up listening to war stories told by my father, US Army Signal Corps, and my mother, a German child of WWII. This is the third in the series. The others are here and here. And maybe even here, now that … Continue reading

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A Morning With Jocelyn

My very occasional housekeeper, Margarita, appeared yesterday with her “tail.” That’s how Mexican people refer to their trailing children, she explained, and with spring break upon us, the tail meant a visit from ten-year old Jocelyn. I first got to … Continue reading

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