Even I can admit I'm good at some things. I'm good at taking care of animals. And checking things off my to-do list (and even better at putting things on it that I've already done just so I can feel good about checking them off). I'm good at baking. And I'm good at taking someone… Continue reading Heck, yes! I mean no!
Whenever we watch "The Simpsons," we're always happily amazed by the convoluted plots they're able to squeeze into an episode. How they can start at scene one with, say, Lisa getting a pet goldfish and end up 23 minutes later deep in a story about an opera performance that will save the town of Springfield… Continue reading You and I and moonlight
Snow has already come and gone several times in the last few weeks, but today's snow has a feeling of permanence about it, as if it's going to become the bedding layer for a winter-long sedimentary cover. Or, as Christina's Rosetti put it: Earth stood hard as iron, water like stone; Snow had fallen, snow… Continue reading Where webs of snow are drifting
Sunday finds us two girls holiday shopping. We've left the boy at home because we're shopping for, among other people, him. But that doesn't mean we can't stop by the coolest clothing store in the area just for a little look-see. They're so cool they're not playing Christmas music. In the way of the universe,… Continue reading Simply Sunday and the bees
I started this month planning to write about songs I love, but now I see that music has other plans for me. Instead, I find myself today with a tune knocking around my head that I loathed for many years. Truly loathed. And now? While I can't say I adore it, I have a real… Continue reading Doing the time warp
Sometimes I don't know myself. [Make that most times, but you know what I mean.] For instance, ask me what type of music I love, and I'll give you a tidy list that includes American and British folk and folk-rock; jangly-guitar alternative; Motown and the Philadelphia sound; traditional country (Patsy Cline, I'm talking about you);… Continue reading Don’t fence me in
Our excellent friend Kevin writes about all sorts of interesting things on his blog, Keeping Score. He's a terrific writer, smart and with a generous heart. I enjoy reading whatever he writes, but I particularly love his end-of-year posts, where he shares his favorite music from the concluding year. He doesn't just list and link… Continue reading A tune in my heart
There will be cheese. And sausage. And crackers. And olives. And candied jalapeños. The kitchen windows will be steamy and there will be two turkeys and stuffing and mashed potatoes and sweet potato souffle and creamed corn and collard greens and brussels sprouts and cranberry sauce and gravy. And leftovers for a week. The pie… Continue reading Thanksgiving truisms