A new angel walks in heaven now

Hump Day Shorts September 9, 2017
mocha latte heart

The prep for the weekly Hump Day Short was back on track Wednesday morning after the school drop-off. Just before I put pen to paper, or rather fingers to keyboard, I checked my email only to find that a good friend had died earlier that morning. We had been acquaintances for eight years as my […]

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What is the plural of octopus?

Hump Day Shorts August 29, 2017

Since we moved out to the Boston area in 2005… …Well, that’s as far as I got last Tuesday while writing a piece titled “Chasing R’s.” It was/is/will be a commentary on the Boston accent, or rather my attempt at translating words and conversations. Last Tuesday’s writing: “Up at 5:00 a.m., I was sure this […]

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Low Maintenance: Mulch It

Hump Day Shorts August 15, 2017
dirty feet

Last Saturday morning, I was lodged into a corner of my kitchen avoiding the 6-foot long window over my kitchen sink. It overlooks the backyard and the deck, which is the main entrance to our house. When we put an addition on five years ago, we added windows all along the back of the house […]

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Have you laughed today?

Hump Day Shorts August 1, 2017
BW of me crossback bra

I’ve been investigating effects of the release of endorphins in the brain that result in an analgesic. Regarding this biochemical process, through my research I have deduced two analogies: one of baseball and one of an ice cream cone. In baseball, the team and fans are happiest when the pitcher makes excellent throws that result […]

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The Gold Maple

Hump Day Shorts July 28, 2017

When we first found our property here in New England, we loved the fact that it was surrounded by maple trees. The first autumn, we filled five leaf bags and didn’t even make a dent in the piles. We needed help raking. Now every year we have a 4-hour show: a crew of five people, […]

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Carbs Glorious Carbs

Hump Day Shorts July 18, 2017
feet in Iowa

Last night the boys and I flew into Boston’s Logan airport after a 17-day excursion in Iowa. It was a rural vacation; I spent most of it barefoot. On grass. Across gravel. In water. Around a campfire. On a fishing boat. One day Liam was heading out the door at Mom and Dad’s, and I […]

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