Category Archives: Things I Like to Write About

Things I tend to write about when I’m “nudged.”

That Vacation Trip, Day 1: Dukes and Ghosts

I never did get around to blogging the vacation trip I took with Diamondqueen and the Hooligans in mid-June of last summer. At the time, it was partly because our Internet connections were so wonky at the hotels where we …
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Aunt Nancy Day 2015

Today turned out to be Aunt Nancy Day, our annual floating autumn holiday that occurs sometimes in October, but mostly in November. I didn’t know about it until earlier this week, when I received the electronic invitation. Frankly, I’d forgotten …
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My Second Rock Concert

In yesterday’s post about Halloween candy, I mentioned 12-year-old S.Hooligan is no longer interested in trick-or-treat. That’s the same age I was when I missed going out in costume for the first time, but it wasn’t for lack of interest. …
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Halloween Candy

It was a good Halloween this year. Rain threatened but restrained itself to a few sporadic drops. I was chilly in the beginning, but eventually I took my hands out of my sweatshirt sleeves and undid the scarf around my …
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Last of the Garden

Tonight after supper I worked in the dusk to take down the dried stalks from the humongous cosmos we enjoyed all summer. Some of the stalks were seven feet high; overall, I stuffed a large trash can with everything I …
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Where Did the Summer Go?

We’re already a couple days into September. It’s hard to believe. When I look back over the summer, it’s like peering through a long, shadowy tunnel to a speck of light way back at the opening. What the hell happened? …
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2015 PAD – Day 15

This may be the last poem I’m able to post “on time” (more or less); I’m headed out of town on a road trip with Diamondqueen tomorrow through Sunday. A pilgrimage for my sister to visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder …
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2015 PAD – Day 2

JHooligan came today, at his request, for his annual spring break sleepover at his grandma’s. JHooligan will be fifteen next month, so it’s quite touching that he clings to this tradition. (SHooligan, on the other hand, didn’t come last year, …
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First Crisis of 2015

Years ago I threw in the towel on expecting much out of January. (Apologies to all of you with January birthdays. I know your perspective must be quite different.) It’s that double whammy of post-Christmas adrenaline drain and cold, snowy, …
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Christmas Sprites

As if this season hasn’t been challenging enough with the flu sprites hovering, the Annalee imps have been at it again. This is the latest edition to my involuntary collection. I found it strung on the seatbelt in Diamondqueen’s van …
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