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Daytripping for the apprehensive

With apologies to my many dogs I have never not traveled alone. Save for a few, and I mean very few occasions when I was momentarily married and one disastrous road trip, any time I have gone anywhere it was alone. From the minute I clutched my first set of car keys, I was exploring […]

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How much clothing do I really need?

Every spring and fall I take all my clothes out of the drawers, closet and trunks, pile them on the bed and cull them down to just what fits…or will fit, or what I hope will fit. This biannual routine started years ago, when I moved into a single closet apartment and figured I could […]

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the curious case of the dog in the daytime

I am NOT the best dog owner. I have had dogs all my life but I have never really spoken dog very well. When my dog barks at what I think it is nothing or just sits and stares waiting for me to DO something, my response is to holler: “What?!?”” What do you want?” […]

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Daytripping again

I finally got another ‘real’ job with a decent paycheck. So Althea and I are back working on our Maine destinations map. Yesterday we went to Giant’s Stairs on Bailey Island, is just a very short hike with beautiful views in Harpswell Maine. This town takes public accessibility seriously, they know that signage, mapping, parking […]

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Where has all the Rhubarb Gone?

I confess, I am a HUGE fan of Rhubarb, every year adding another plant to my wee garden.  Rhubarb it is such a terrific plant for New England yards, it looks impressive, has multiple uses, can be used in sweet or savory dishes and best of all, needs very little attention to grow. I love […]

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A true egg story

Sandy is an avian American found street walking at night in a lesser part of Sanford Maine. Now she is the grande dame of a small but productive multi-ethnic flock, doing her part to encourage the other hens as they labor. Let me go back to the beginning: Over a year ago I was visiting […]

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i knit therefore i am

What did YOU do in the most recent blizzard? I managed to knit a pair of handwarmers. I have done plenty of socks which are more complicated but I only recently learned how to do thumbs. These are still wonky, but if they are like socks, but the time I do number 5 and and […]

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where’d it all go?

Every year I look at the things I bought, most of them were just to make myself happy.  Sometimes they were to replace things that I couldn’t live without, a lot of them were to fix or create other things. Since I buy very few actually NEW things, and almost always from Amazon or Ebay,  […]

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The Ghoul (11/25/1933)

The Ghoul (11/25/1933) The best little horror film Universal never made. Working from a tried and true formula Gaumont gives us a Gothic horror film that could only have been made in England: one lightless, moldering mansion, five sneaky suspects, two naive bickering heirs, one comic relief in need of a slap, one whackjob undead […]

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Childhood amnesia

For a long time I never realized that other people remember their childhood, I do not. I guess there are a lot of people who have missing memories, for a lot of reasons.  Since I acquired a new set of parents and a new family last year I have spent a lot more time trying […]

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