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Graduation Day

A few days ago, when it became clear that my mother’s time with us was coming to an end, I realized that I had no photos of her by herself. Her life had been so intertwined with that of my … Continue reading

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Johnny Pump

Many people know that I’m a bit of a word nerd. I’m fascinated with the origins of words and their usage in different parts of the world. Since moving to Cape Cod, we’ve discovered the radio program A Way With … Continue reading

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dream sequence – part 85

It was one of those dreams that occurs just before waking in the morning. Bits and pieces of reality merged with the subconscious in the form of rapid-fire fragments that came and went without explanation. I woke up to Mary … Continue reading

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dream sequence – part 84

I had a feeling this was not going to be a typical first day on the job. For starters, my boss encouraged me to come in early, so that he could “show me around”. In the financial services industry, the … Continue reading

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dream sequence – part 83

As Robyn Hitchcock would say, I often dream of trains, although admittedly far more often back when I used to commute into Boston from Cochituate. But I digress. Last night – or should I say early this morning – was … Continue reading

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dream sequence – part 82

As is the case with most of my dreams, this one consisted of fragments, but a familiar time and place provided me with a context from which I could weave some sort of dream narrative. Otherwise, the usual disclaimers apply: … Continue reading

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Twenty words.

Hours after the snow was supposed to end, I put on my boots. “A dusting,” I said to no one.

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Thirty-seven words

The longest day. I was hoping the flight would be delayed just long enough for any trace of light to be gone, but no such luck. First an amber horizon, then the unmistakable end of the tether.

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Happy Birthday!

Turning 61 a few months ago was fairly anticlimactic, given both the unremarkable age (although it is a prime number) and the fact that it took place in the middle of a pandemic. I received a small handful of birthday … Continue reading

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dream sequence – part 81

It was our first getaway since the pandemic began, and only our second venture off Cape. The intent was to meet up with an old friend, her husband, and daughter for a relaxing weekend at a seaside resort. Embracing the … Continue reading

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