Monthly Archives: July 2011

Don’t Bounce the Cat

One of the greatest joys of my life has been my participation in the United States Coast Guard Academy Sponsor Family Program.  How it began was this: My husband Ed was browsing the newspaper one day and said, “How do … Continue reading

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Open Mouth, Insert Foot

I pissed off a neighbor the other day. It wasn’t my intention, but I did it just the same.  You would think that after 54 years of life on this planet, I’d learn to keep my mouth shut. Here’s what … Continue reading

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Let Freedom Ring

Friend of mine posted a link on Facebook today of photographs taken at 60 New York City weddings.  They are lovely pictures — full of smiles, tears, exuberance, elation, dresses, tuxes, flowers,  hugs, kisses, children, families, friends.   You know, the … Continue reading

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The Poignancy of Moving On

Change is a frightening thing.  It is also terribly exciting and thrilling.  Nerve-wracking.  If not driven to it by circumstance, you question yourself again and again.  Is this what I should be doing?  Is the timing right?  Should I wait, … Continue reading

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Fish-Eye Lens

General ruminations on stuff. ————— Big news here is the birth of my great-niece Ellery Hope Cootware on July 11 around 7:30-ish in the evening.  6 lbs, 1 oz, a button of a thing and utterly gorgeous.  That’s big praise from … Continue reading

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Making Friends in Unexpected Places

In June of 2010, my husband and I visited our friends Pam and Mack  Hohmann in Waterford, Michigan.  During the visit, Pam took us to Harsens Island, a beautiful place of freshwater deltas, plentiful wildlife, boating (especially freighter-watching — those … Continue reading

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One Never Knows

I started a new story today, something that popped into my head (I at first typo-ed ‘heart’ and maybe that’s more truthful) inspired by a short story collection I read recently. On the surface, the story is about devils and … Continue reading

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