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March 28th, 2015 by suzy in Country Life,House 3 Comments

Megan stopped by yesterday with a bouquet of lilacs and flowering white heather she had picked in her garden to surprise me. I was delighted, and my house smells fantastic and nostalgic. Lilacs are my favorite flowers, and always remind me of my grandmother, who grew them in New York state. In fact, her part […]

March 25th, 2015 by suzy in Country Life,Special Occasions 3 Comments

Megan and I took a break from everyday life to journey down to the beautiful South Coast. Fog laid its silvery fingers over the dark, wind-swept trees, and sometimes even blotted out the ocean. Occasionally, the sun peeped through, highlighting lilacs and poppies by the side of the winding road. The original plan was to […]

Country Roads
March 22nd, 2015 by suzy in Country Life,Friends 1 Comment

You never know what you’ll find on the Hooterville back roads… One of the conditions of the new job was getting tested for TB, a new experience for me. They inject something under your skin, and two days later, you go in, they look at the spot for .000001 of a second, and tell you […]

Jarrett and his sister Denise It was a family reunion at the property last weekend. Jarrett met his half sister and some of his cousins for the very first time! Above, you see Jarrett with his sister Denise, who also has a twin sister Danielle, who couldn’t make it on this trip. These relatives live […]

March 17th, 2015 by suzy in Family,Memories 2 Comments

Dad and Jonathan in Maine This is one of the batch of photos John very kindly sent me recently. It shows Dad and Jonathan in Maine. I’m guessing that Jonathan is about 6 in this photo, which would make Dad about 40. See? Kittenish! I am further guessing that this is on Otter Cliff, a […]

March 16th, 2015 by suzy in Work 1 Comment

Stop me (or try and stop me) if you’ve hard this before, but I have a new job! Yes, another one. But this one is permanent, unlike the other new job, where I learned on my first day that it was not, as I had been told, an indefinite assignment, but rather I was covering […]

March 14th, 2015 by suzy in Cats,Family,Friends 2 Comments

A couple of days after we buried Megan and Rob’s beloved cat Ramona under the chinquapin tree on the family property, I came home to find a Fed Ex package waiting for me. I rarely, if ever, get Fed Ex packages. Even the Grand Jury summons came by humble mail. So I was both mystified […]

St. Petersburg, Russia September 15, 1992 Sheets of tickets Braved the number 1 tram to the Hermitage. As usual, it was insanely crowded and reeking of sweat and vodka. Long line to buy our tickets – sheets of paper equalling 200 rubles ($4). The Hermitage is a breathtakingly beautiful place, with its elaborate inlaid wood […]

Well, we’re hovering on the brink of yet another time change. I have finally realized that the entire point of the exercise every single time – whether it’s forward or back – is to plunge us back into the hateful darkness in the morning. As soon as there is even a glimmer of early morning […]

Well, Monday did not go as planned. I was about a mile and a half from my house when I was stopped by a line of other stopped cars. A member of the local volunteer fire department (not my brother) informed me that the road was closed due to a huge propane* leak, and it […]

Nothing to declare but my genius Jump into the Wayback Machine with me! We’re going to post-glasnost Russia! St. Petersburg, Russia September 13, 1992 Now in my bleak Russian hotel room, sitting on my narrow bed [the coarse, less than white sheets would not be changed during my stay, and bore the bloodstains of many […]