Category Archives: Memory

Thanks for the Memory — with Pork Chops Attached

(Note: Vegetarian readers, avert your eyes. This post is NOT for you.) When I was quite a small girl, a thousand years ago, one of my favorite places to go with my mother was to the butcher store. It had … 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

Unlocking the Gate of Dreams —

Our recent trip to the newly expanded and renovated art gallery at Yale University proved a treasure trove of images and impressions, and they haven’t quit yet. A dear friend who combined dual professions of artist and monk once said, … 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

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Here at the North Pole —

At this moment (6:40 p.m.) the thermometer stands at 8 degrees fahrenheit (13 degrees centigrade) and is falling fast. This is the winter vista before the sun went down: Pretty bleak, despite the pretty blue sky and blue snow. Instead … Continue reading

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Another Scary Hallowe’en!

Last year, Hallowe’en brought us a blizzard, the Snowtober Blizzard, a weird, out-of-season storm. It devastated the trees here in our community, brought down power lines some of which weren’t repaired for weeks, closed down towns and cities and even, … Continue reading

Posted in Autumn, Etcetera, Failure, Memory, Nature, Pioneer Valley, Wind | Tagged , , , , | 38 Comments