Category Archives: Memoir

The strange story of John

I met John on an airplane in the year 2000.  I was flying to England, in business class on frequent flyer miles.  As I stowed my bags I remarked to anyone listening that the plane was very hot.  A short … Continue reading

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Notes from Manley

On Sunday Jerry and I had dinner with 3 of our Manley friends.  We have been away for a year, and so we had a lot to catch up on. The new airport, which had been planned last year, was … Continue reading

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Stuffing my head with rocks

When I was 12 years old I spent the summer with my grandmother, Julia (called Julie by her family including all her grandchildren), in Maine.  My grandmother had lived for years in Italy but left because of WW II.  She … Continue reading

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Life drawing

Since I was a child I have loved to draw.  I wanted to grow up to be an artist, but I didn’t manage to do that until late in life. My mother was excessive in her praise and delight at … Continue reading

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Cats, specifically, black ones

There is at this time nothing new on the ferry, except that the county put out a press release saying that on the 26 th of this month the ferry and crew will practice docking in Fairhaven, a voyage of … Continue reading

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Hair

My favorite among the long gone Burma Shave ads (a series of highway posts, each with a line of doggerel) was one that read: In this vale Of toil and sin Your head grows bald But not your chin. Burma … Continue reading

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I am in New Zealand, but where is my head?

I think of my head as having little squares inside.  One square is in the present, here in New Zealand, looking around at the sights: flowers, ferns, tree ferns, undulating green hills, beaches and bays.  The country is largely agricultural, … Continue reading

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The Morris chair

For the past month I have been preoccupied with a painting class.  Soon I plan to write about that, but for now here is a quick look at something that drew comments in my last (hastily written) post. I included … Continue reading

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Thoughts about how we animals behave

The last 2 weeks have been occupied with family.  My second daughter and her husband are finally off to China.  They stayed here with Jerry and me for six weeks waiting for official papers from China certifying them as “foreign … Continue reading

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What shall we call it?

In one of my former lives I was a scientist.  I was a second rate scientist, because I was too lazy to learn the math needed to be a first rate one, and too disorganized and easily bored to be … Continue reading

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