Monthly Archives: September 2013

Scuppernongs

I was surprised while shopping last weekend to find scuppernongs at Whole Foods. While reading To Kill A Mockingbird every spring at school, the students always ask what a scuppernong is. Harper Lee uses the term at least three times. I … Continue reading

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A lot better than shredding

My mother requested we burn all the bills and other personal papers that she and her second husband saved for the duration of their marriage (over 34 years). Actually, it may have been the burning of the bills Part I, … Continue reading

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Requiem for a squirrel

The front garden was a mess. One of the peonies I had replanted was dug up, the carefully curving path of pea gravel distorted with lots of dirt and debris, and a dead squirrel pushed under a log. It looked … Continue reading

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Acing our first serve

The other night, JB and I were munching on some fruit on the back porch when we saw a raccoon stretching himself on one of our compost containers in the backyard. When we stood to get a better view, we … Continue reading

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Eisenhower’s finest moment

56 years ago today, the Little Rock Nine entered Central High School for their first full day of school accompanied by the 101st Airborne, sent by President Eisenhower to protect them and keep them safe. The governor of Arkansas, Governor … Continue reading

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“Mediterranean” by Rosanna Warren

—when she disappeared on the path ahead of me I leaned against a twisted oak, all I saw was evening light where xxxxxxxxxxxx she had been: gold dust light, where a moment before and thirty-eight years before that my substantial … Continue reading

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Not a cloud in the sky…

…really.

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