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Promise

in spring in an open field barefoot in the diamond dew of morning we walk, our fingers locked your little hand, mine bigger silently, suddenly (what joan didion calls ‘the ordinary instant’) a narrow stream of water appears between us you on one side now me on the other bread […]

The Moon and You

For you, Maizie… What do you say, Percy?  I am thinking of sitting out on the sand to watch the moon rise.  It’s full tonight. So we go. and the moon rises, so beautiful it makes me shudder, makes me think about time and space, makes me take measure of […]

Rescue Me

Friday morning my phone rings at 7:30. It’s my neighbor. She’s on her way to work and sees a dog running down a nearby busy street. She knows how much I “love helping animals” and she knew “for sure” I’d “want to know about the dog so I could try […]

Afternoon Music

There are many versions of this gorgeous song. Frank Sinatra’s is one of my favorites, as is Barbra Streisand’s. And, of course, Judi Collins. I chose this one by Judi Dench because she played Desiree in the London production of A Little Night Music, and I think it best conveys […]

And now you are six…

Happy Birthday, my delightful little soul, so full of questions and wonder. When I was One, I had just begun. When I was Two, I was nearly new. When I was Three I was hardly me. When I was Four, I was not much more. When I was Five, I […]

Ellie

Run free my funny, shiny, stinky, goofy, bumpy, lumpy, nosy, slobbery, stubborn, happy, loud, bawling, bodacious, wonderful, beautiful, sweet, loyal, velvet-eared friend. So many more walks we will not take. I thought we would have more time. I’ll let all the squirrels in the neighborhood know the coast is clear.