Crowds

I needed to do a little research for a writing project, so I headed to the Village. It was a beautiful day, with the fog just misting the trees: On my way in, I stopped by the museum in Little River. It is a modest building, easily missed on...

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Gravely

Maybe it’s weird, or morbid, but I have always liked walking in cemeteries. They are peaceful places, and make me feel connected to history. It seems I have made several of these faintly macabre strolls over the two decades (and counting) I have been penning this blog, on both...

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Birthday

Cheers to Me! With the way Memorial Day fell – closer to my birthday than my sister’s, where it is usually located – I felt like I was hardly working for a little while there. I took time off over the Memorial Day weekend, and my birthday fell conveniently...

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Holiday

I took a couple of extra days off around the Memorial Day weekend (first long weekend of the summer!), so I had five days off in a row. Doesn’t it seem like it should be five days off and two days on when it comes to work? Especially if...

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Celebrate

A milestone birthday like 50 deserves some recognition! Fortunately, Megan’s one Saturday off in May was the one right before her big day. So she picked me up that sunny Saturday afternoon and we headed to our favorite seaside bar. It was the perfect day for a cocktail by...

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50

Birthday Girl Today is my sister Megan’s 50th birthday. It’s hard for me to believe that the little baby who came home from the hospital on my 9th birthday is half a century old on this day. I still remember being called to the office on that bright spring...

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Seasons

Spring It was foggier than I expected when I left for work this morning. Even though I have not yet switched from my winter scent to my summer scent, I have stopped wearing my coat. Most mornings, I have the heat on in the car, and in the afternoons,...

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Baking

Voilà! I have been spectacularly demotivated in the kitchen lately. I have not lost my enthusiasm for trading recipes with my BFF Alice and reading them in the missives from the New York Times Cooking editors, but there seems to be a long way between interest and execution these...

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Five

Birthday Boy Dodge turns five today! Or five-ish, at least. The vet estimated that he was around two years old when I adopted him three summers ago. I gave him my much-loved American grandfather HoHo’s birthday, May 11, since HoHo loved cats, and he and Dodge are both mischievous,...

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Firenze

In 1984, my father was invited to work for a few months at the University of Siena. He brought my mother and sister (who was 13 at the time) with him. I convinced him to take me along (I was 22), due to heartbreak and drama in my life....

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Adventure

Recovering Dodge, the formerly stray cat from the mean streets of the Big Town, is a little sneakyboots. If he wants to go outside, he will lurk and plan and plot and find a way to escape from the Big House. Usually, he makes a break for it during...

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Amsterdam

Alice and me at her home in Amsterdam, 1991 I recently came across a box full of my travel diaries, including one with an account of a visit to my best friend, Alice, at her home in Amsterdam in 1991. It is shocking to think that this was 30...

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Etc.

Not much to report these days. This morning, the moon was huge and orange, peeking coyly out from billowing lavender clouds as I drove to work. We got some much-needed rain this weekend. It poured for a short time. We need every drop we can get, with a total...

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20

Can you believe it? My blog is 20 years old on the 20th! Little did I imagine when I first started writing it that I would still be doing so two decades later. Nor could I have envisaged how very different my life would be. I look back at...

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Brighter

At our non-existent Christmas, Megan gave me a gift certificate to get my hair highlighted, and I finally got around to cashing it in. It was a glorious spring day as Wednesday and I headed Angelika-ward. Lately, I seem to be enjoying spring more than usual, even though it...

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Animals

John’s kittens have been growing by leaps and bounds. They are now 6 months old, and were recently spayed. As might be expected, shy little Daisy was more horrified by the entire process than bold and brave Peach, but they both went running to Mom for comfort when they...

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Mystery

When I arrived at work yesterday, I was somewhat taken aback to see that the door was ajar. It was even more unnerving since Daylight Saving Time plunged us back into morning darkness, which we all know is entire evil point of it. The door needs an ID badge...

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Ancient

A final entry in Jonathan’s epic road trip diary. I hope you have enjoyed his adventures as much as I do. Dateline: Near Angel’s Peak, NM, coordinates 36.546576 / 107.863026, elevation 6,591′. After our refreshing stay in a hotel we were ready to get back on the road. We...

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Rocks

Dramatic vistas Dateline: Indian Bread Rocks, coordinates 32.239136 / 109.50086, elevation 4,108 While we were happy to be on the road again, it was hard to leave the Kofa Wildlife refuge. Like the Mojave Preserve we have unfinished business there. We drove to Yuma to get groceries, water and...

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Updates

The moon was huge and blazing orange this morning. I wondered what the light was through the dark trees, and it turned out to be my old friend the moon. She was so beautiful that I actually gasped out loud. By the time I got to the ocean, I...

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