Category Archives: Happiness

Happy Christmas to All!

It seems paradoxical that the quintessential Christmas plant comes to North America from the tropics. Yes, the poinsettia’s heat and vivid color originate in Mexico. The cheerful flowers so delighted Joel Roberts Poinsett, first United States Minister to Mexico, that he … Continue reading

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Boundless Joy!

Will you hop aboard my train of thought with me? It’s heading toward a place of harmony and — you guessed it — joy! The starting point was a dull morning with not much needing to be done. So I … Continue reading

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My Vegetable Love —

Summertime —slow, lazy, sultry — has laid its spell on me. No posting, no reading blogs, not doing much of anything except lolling about, reading, and day dreaming. And eating corn on the cob. In Andrew Marvell’s poem To His … Continue reading

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The Clouds Above Us —

Summer, having finally arrived, is moving along much too briskly! We are midway through August already. Summer heat, blue skies, green leaves, the slow passage of fleecy clouds — all are rolling past. In another two weeks we will all be … Continue reading

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No Second Chances? Who Says? (for the record)

FIFTY YEARS AFTER FIRST VISIT, WRITER SETTLES INTO LIFE IN NORTHAMPTON  (reprinted from the Hampshire Gazette) Judith Bruder at her home in Northampton.   CAROL LOLLIS, photo  Choices, even major life choices, are often made for the flimsiest reasons. And, … Continue reading

Posted in Etcetera, Freedom, Happiness, Home, Memory, Personal Essay, Pioneer Valley, Writers | Tagged , , , , , | 20 Comments

No Second Chances? Who says? Fifty Years After —

The link here doesn’t seem to work any more. I’ll try and figure out a way of getting the story posted more permanently. Fifteen minutes of fame, no kidding!  Yes!  for complete story, see post above.  Original lead:   Interesting to … Continue reading

Posted in Enlightenment, Etcetera, Happiness, Home, Memory, Personal Essay, Pioneer Valley, Writers | 41 Comments

What Would YOU Call It?

Like many — perhaps most — people, I come with a sense of reverence and awe to museums. Rightly so. Great works of art, the genius of human hands and minds, are awesome achievements. But not all art is solemn or … Continue reading

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