Category Archives: Ruminations

Whimsical and unspecified maunderings

The Way We Live Now #10: Kids These Days

During the pandemic, we’ve all paid a lot of attention to the big-to-huge social events that have been disrupted; sporting events, weddings, live performances, festivals, graduations, and now probably Thanksgiving. In May, the media devoted attention to the graduating class … Continue reading

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Laurel’s Kitchen

The 1976 edition of Laurel’s Kitchen is the second cookbook someone gave me as a gift. My mom gave me Joy of Cooking when I turned eighteen. She wanted me to have a good, all-purpose cookbook. As she told it, … Continue reading

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Figs: Marion Changes her Mind

I think it must have been the third grade. A classmate traded me a Mother’s brand “taffy” sandwich cookie from my lunchbox for a Fig Newton. I’d seen Fig Newtons advertised on TV (or at least, that’s how I remember … Continue reading

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The Way We Live Now 9: Masks.

The minority opinion: I like masks. At least, I kind of like them. I feel obligated to point out a few things I don’t like about wearing masks. When it’s hot outside, it’s hotter and more humid inside the mask. … Continue reading

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The Way We Live Now #6: #MCWC2020

2020’s Mendocino Coast Writers Conference was entirely online. Zoom provided the backbone of the event, used for the morning workshops, the afternoon talks, readings and Open Mike, and as far as I know the consultations. There were some surprising bonuses … Continue reading

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Hem: Half Acre

No reason, really. I just think the song is beautiful.

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White Silk Pajamas

Late last week I was pulling some clothes out of my closet to add to the growing things-I’ll-give-to-the-thrift-store-someday-when-I-can-again pile and I came across the pair of white silk women’s pajamas on a hanger near the back. I say white, but … Continue reading

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4:55 AM

The irregular pattering on the leaves of the olive tree woke me. The breeze blew puffs of rain-sweetened air through the opening in the slider, filling the dark room. I was lying on my side so I didn’t see any … Continue reading

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The Books We Got for Christmas, 2019

It was a banner year for books! I’ll start from the bottom and go clockwise, finishing up with the two “pocketbooks” in the middle. Ravenmaster is for me. It’s written by Christopher Skaife, Yeoman Warder of the Tower and London, … Continue reading

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Christmas, 2019

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