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Garden Hostage

Beauty itself is the fruit of the creator’s exuberance that grew such a tangle. (Annie Dillard in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek) Every time I think I have a chunk of time to sit and write, I remember something I have to do in the garden, or I think I have no time to say anything…

“Just People” Pensacola

Uber hopping last weekend gave me a different kind of education. I had never taken Uber before I went to visit my grand niece who is studying in Pensacola. In a mere two days, I was just as fascinated by the snapshots of Uber drivers’ lives as I was by the Spanish architecture of Seville…

Reassurance

Every late spring, I go to my basement and carry up my Clivia plants. I place them carefully at the base of the willow oak, where they brighten the scene from my windows for several weeks. They remain under the tree all summer and take in rain, a bit of sunshine, and grow new shoots.…

Quiet Lives Transformed

When I started this blog a year ago, my goal was to preserve a record of daily life during an extraordinary time. I based the idea on the Mass Observation journals ordinary people kept during WWII in Britain. In his book about this project, In the War Now, Simon Garfield says the archive is “universally…

Liberation Day

Yesterday, the day that marked two weeks since we had our second jab, my husband woke up and declared it “Liberation Day”. One of his favorite things has always been going out to restaurants, so this would be our way of celebrating. He woke up thinking about the crab and avocado omelette at Elmer’s, here in Palm Springs…

Wrapping Up

Writing has been a kind of saving grace for me throughout this pandemic. I have spent many hours focusing on a China memoir that I hope will be done before long. Other tasks like writing a Lenten reflection, keeping a diary, writing haiku, dabbling in longer poems, and writing cards to people have likewise engaged…

Neighbor Talk

Like snowdrops emerging, the warming sun this week has drawn neighbors outside and allowed us to chat without freezing for longer moments than in previous months and weeks. I could not resist crossing the street and yard boundaries to see what was happening in others’ lives.


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