Category Archives: Personal Essay

HOW WE REPINE — OR SING

“Each bird sings the song its beak allows.”                                              Mère Tarsisius This piece of wisdom has long been an … Continue reading

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In Solidarity

  Today in Paris, the other shoe dropped. The satirical cartoon magazine Charlie Hebdo has been under threat for years now from militant Islamists for “blasphemy.”  Their offices have been bombed, and the editor, Stephane Charbonnier, has lived since 2011 with a personal bodyguard. … Continue reading

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Second Guessing: The War Within

I have a tiny whisper that goes in and out with me, And what can be the use of it is more than I can see. (with apologies to Robert Louis Stevenson) My tiny whisper goes in and out with me,  such a steady … Continue reading

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Not My Circus?

This morning, on fellow blogger Stef’s Daily Delights, I encountered this Polish proverb: Not my circus, not my monkeys!  Well! I promptly decided to adopt the proverb as my mantra-of-the-day. Enough of the silliness, enough of the small stuff (I thought … Continue reading

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TODAY’S PORTRAIT: Flowers of War and Peace

Who would have thought that this dreamy camellia would rouse thoughts of war and peace for me? Her photo is only one among the many I snapped at the Spring Bulb Show at Mount Holyoke, and — I would have … Continue reading

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TODAY’S PORTRAIT: violet

In contrast to cheery Johnny Jump-ups and bold-faced pansies, there’s an introverted branch of the Violaceae family. Violets, true violets, are modest and demure. They shelter underneath their heart-shaped leaves, and even great masses of them never seem to call attention to themselves. Unless … Continue reading

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TODAY’S PORTRAIT: HERE’S JOHNNY!

Not only because I think he resembles an impudent rascally adorable little boy — but because that’s actually his name! I can hear you thinking, What is she talking about? That’s a pansy! Well, yes and no. Johnny Jump-ups are … Continue reading

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