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In Dependence

Our neighborhood gorges on communal spirit every 4th of July.  The block party begins at dawn and stretches long past dust.  The group activities play out in front of our house – the one owned by an Englishman.  Given the … Continue reading

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The Sitting Room

At a party last night, my hostess sat in her lovely living room and proclaimed that if she placed a present on the shelves before us it would languish unappreciated, because “I never come in here.”   So runs the … Continue reading

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City(e)scapes

I am not a city girl by nature.  Too many people producing too much mess makes me squirm.  The gum and spit-ridden sidewalks of London and dog-dirtied streets of Paris distract from my appreciation of great architecture. I prefer to … Continue reading

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St. Patrick’s Gift

St. Patrick brought Catholicism to the Celtic island afloat the cold northwestern waters off the Atlantic’s European coast.  He tied his converts to the mainland and made them part of a global fantasy of barbaric beauty.  We celebrate his day as … Continue reading

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Twelfth Night

On Twelfth Night, while the Three Kings deliver gifts to the children of Spanish-speaking world, I will summon the strength to disassemble our family’s signs of the holiday season.  Weeks of love and labor transformed our messy home into a … Continue reading

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Heavenly Peace

Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, and Vixen; Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen landed safely in their stable sometime after dawn on Tuesday.  The storm of activity that filled the preceding month fueled a morning of frenzy and ceased after Christmas dinner as … Continue reading

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Dasher

Partridges perched perilously in pear trees have nothing on a mom’s free fall towards Christmas Day.  Trees to trim, parties to plan, presents to purchase, cookies to bake, cards to create, corners to clean, all while the day-to-day requirements of work, … Continue reading

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Deck the Halls

November tested our family.  We said our final goodbye to my husband’s mother, best known in our house as Granny, and to our sons’ definition of vacation as an investigation of Celtic castles followed by games of Coppit.  Our Thanksgiving … Continue reading

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The Other Wisconsin

Thanks to Paul Ryan’s ascent to the Republican ticket, we’ve heard a lot about bratwurst and cheese as constituent elements of the Wisconsin soul.  Ryan is a southern boy by Wisconsin standards.  He hails from the part of the state … Continue reading

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