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January 1, 2020

Bitter-Sweet Agridulce   Happy New Year, and welcome to 2020! I like the way 2020 looks and sounds. I would like to think we are off to a good start; though I may have to moderate my use of the word “we”. Both the domestic and international news appears marked by great heartache and...
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Nature

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January 1, 2020

Birthday Orchid Kate purchased this Phalaenopsis, at Home Depot, about a week before my birthday, in September. It soon made its way up to Maine, where it has mostly lived in my bedroom since it arrived. I did bring it to the dining room table around Thanksgiving for a visit. Originally, there were two...
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December 1, 2019

Paula     The snow storm, already impacting a large portion of the United States, will arrive on my doorstep tomorrow evening. It will be our first snow of the season; we have had a few flurries, but not enough to be inconvenienced by, or to color our world bright and pristine. Today we...
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Poet’s Corner

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November 1, 2019

Fleeting   Why do I find this tree more beautiful now Than when it bloomed in the spring And was then covered by leaves Bursting with life In the summer sun Is it simply because I know That the rain drenched berries will soon surrender to the night’s frost And be forever gone As...
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From the Editor

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October 1, 2019

Grown Up     “… and how she would keep, through all her riper years, the simple and loving heart of a child; and how she would gather about her other little children, and make their eyes bright and eager with many a strange tale, perhaps even with the dream of Wonderland of long...
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Poet’s Corner

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October 1, 2019

Perfection – the Last Act of Rebellion     She knew it was an act of rebellion, nevertheless, she finished setting the table and stepped back to take a look; the linens, china, silver, crystal and even the flowers were all perfect, exactly as she had envisioned it; though she knew that she was...
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September 1, 2019

Resilience     No Man is an Island “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a...
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Free this Month

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September 1, 2019

National Public Lands Day And Smithsonian Free Museum Day   I love September for many reasons, it is the start of a favorite time of year, and it is also the month when we are presented with two wonderful opportunities to explore for free – and you know how much I love free! This...
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August 1, 2019

Lisa, for the Win!     “If you want to change the world . . . start off by making your bed.” ~ Admiral William H. McRaven ~ I walked down the driveway to greet the UPS man, who is always quite nice. We exchanged pleasantries, as he handed me a Priority, Flat Rate...
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Poet’s Corner

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August 1, 2019

Change     Change pounds on the door Welcomed or not She will not be ignored The only true constant In life Is change She will rush over you With overpowering force and determination Knocking you to the ground Leaving you broken and baffled Unless you decide to surrender To the unrelenting truth That...
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