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Where Are We?

Just to take stock, this is where we are today, Jan. 15, 2021. Covid-19 cases are up 27% across the country in the last 14 days and deaths up 39% according to the New York Times. We are being warned to double down on efforts to stay home, mask, and social distance because of the…

My Head is Jangling

My head is jangling from the events of last week. Who could believe so many monumental developments could be crammed into one week: Trump’s phone call trying to change election results in Georgia, the election itself, the determination by so many Republican members of Congress to dispute the election results, Trump’s rally at the White…

Sunken Cities

How would I celebrate my birthday this month in the midst of the pandemic, I wondered. Getting on a plane was out of the question. Finally, I settled on doing short excursions not so far from home. So Wednesday eve, after a day helping my nephew work on his new house near Lynchburg, VA, my…

Snow Cookies and Little People

One casualty of COVID has been the absence of children in our lives–with a few exceptions. During a lovely snowfall a few weeks ago, our neighbor’s children set up a “kitchen” to make snow cookies. As the snow became a bit deeper in the afternoon, they were out rolling, crawling and sliding down a short…

Thank You Letters

A friend, David Brown, wrote in his blog this week about a practice he has taken up this year of writing one thank you letter a week to someone who has had an impact on his life: “I turned sixty-five in 2020,” he writes, “,,,which certainly falls in the “time flies by quickly” category. In…

Simple Celebration

“How do you cook beef tenderloin for two?” my son called to ask. “We got a package of three short ribs and shared them,” my daughter reported. I cooked a small package of lamb chops for my husband and me.  A friend described their Christmas: me, my husband, and the rack of lamb. Yes, Christmas…


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