Category Archives: Happiness

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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SWEET PEA

It’s a term of endearment here in the United States. “Ah, my little sweet pea, I love you so much!” But in my case, it’s very literal. I LOVE sweet peas, what are sometimes called shell peas, or English peas, … Continue reading

Posted in Etcetera, Food, Happiness, Memory, Pioneer Valley, Spring | Tagged , , , , , , | 82 Comments

Cakes and Ale — and Young People!

While I was lying awake at quarter to four this morning (a normal occurrence) a jingly poem leaped into my mind, and frolicked there for quite a while. I didn’t remember all of it, but I knew the ending for … Continue reading

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A GLIMMER OF HOPE (1)

(Gemma, this post’s for you. We have a deal.) When I wrote the post What Does Being Human Mean, Anyway? the morning after the Boston Marathon Massacre, I was angry, distraught, and in despair. Despair = de spero = out of … Continue reading

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WHAT DOES BEING HUMAN MEAN, ANYWAY?

The eager innocent eyes are those of Martin Richard, 8 years old, first victim of the depraved bombers who desecrated the Boston Marathon. The marathon commemorates the horseback ride of Paul Revere to rouse his fellow countrymen on April 15th, … Continue reading

Posted in Death, Democracy, Etcetera, Evolution, Failure, Happiness, Life and Death, Personal Essay | Tagged , , , , , | 21 Comments

Written in the Stars (in Chinese)

Not so long ago I wrote a post about my hooded eyes and my jealousy, and my tremendous relief when I found that the jealousy wasn’t really my fault, that I might have inherited it from my grandmother as I … Continue reading

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Kwitcherbellyakin —

I’m not really talking to you! I’m talking to myself, in another sort-of New Year’s resolution. Not a formal resolution, because I never find those work for me. More of an intention, really. In this case, an intention to tone … Continue reading

Posted in Color, Etcetera, Flowers, Happiness, Mindfulness, Spring, winter | Tagged , , , , | 35 Comments