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9.12.21: Grapes

Red table grapes, sweet as honey and shining with health, grow ten blocks away. They’re growing up the garage fence at my favorite house. It’s a little bungalow built in 1925. The owner died many years ago. The house is … Continue reading

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8.11.21: The Great Dracaena Caper

Scene 1. Internal morning monologue, Mary’s mind: Off to work.  It’s a hot and sunny day. We’re in for a three day heat wave, clear sky and soaring temperatures. Better get to the office and settle in good and early. … Continue reading

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8/5/21: A Distinguished Guest from Moscow (Почётный гость из Москвы), 1998

The ladies were coming to tea. My new neighbors were highly educated cultured women 70 years of age or so, with eventful lives and wonderful stories to tell. Lydia was from New England. Aliona came from Moscow. Both were staunch … Continue reading

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7/29: Carry a Tune for Us

Oral surgeons know all about these things, and before letting me out of the chair last Thursday mine really laid down an extra rule for me: “NO singing! For two weeks at LEAST.” Oh gee. It’s been discouraging. But times … Continue reading

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7/22: Meditation with Chime Audio and Peas

It’s 4:00. They’re done. Two hours of care, teamwork, tools, technology, bright lights, kindness, humor, and exalted privilege unfathomed and unattainable by most of humanity from Eden til today. Goggles off. Stand up in a light cloud of endorphins and automatic … Continue reading

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7/20/21: Garden Update

Here are tonight’s big happenings in the dirt outside the window. Captain Wing has persuaded the smokers at the smoking bench to donate their cigarette ends for a good cause, as one of the ingredients in a batch of tobacco … Continue reading

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7/11/21: Sunday

On Friday there was unexpected discouraging news, out of nowhere. It was a whole new burden of anxiety about the future. So that night I came home and thought Well, what pieces of the future can I tend to right … Continue reading

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7/10: Fourth of July in the old neighborhood

What were they called again — caps? It’s a roll of pink and white paper. Set one on the curb away from the grass. Take a toy cowboy gun (the kind with the handle made of fake mother-of-pearl), hold the … Continue reading

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7/4/21: Summer Garden

July Fourth Around the United States this holiday kicks off summer. Around here, it ends rainy season and begins two months of stainless blue skies and dry 75 F degree days. According to our local plant expert, in summer we … Continue reading

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7/2/2021: Kimchi

Kimchi was the special seasoning touch in some wonderful rice fried up by our dear neighbor; she handed out packages of this ambrosia to us fellow tenants. She also used to play us classical violin on the street, baked a … Continue reading

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