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11.29.21: View from the Bridge

On the day after Thanksgiving I stopped to change buses at our little student neighborhood right on the water. It has quaint old houses and gardens and charming unique family businesses and shops and open cafes and fanciful public art. … Continue reading

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11/10/21: Параскева Пятница (Paraskeva Piatnitsa, or Paraskeva Friday)

New neighbor T. would like a little help with a simple sewing alteration. She asked whether I knew someone in our complex with a sewing machine. Sure, we have lots of handy-crafty people here, so I made some inquiries. I … Continue reading

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11.4.2021: Leaf Quest

4:02 Text from Captain Wing, at Wing Family Central: Are you at work? 4:05 Text from Mary: Yes. Do you need something photocopied or filed? 4:07 CWWFC: No. When you are near home, please text me. We have Swiss Chard … Continue reading

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10/11/2021: A Fellowship Call

“Good Morning!” said the hearty warm voice of Colleague T. when I answered the phone. “In a few minutes I’ll be at Friends Bench. Can’t wait to see you!” I sat with phone in hand, blinking stupidly at my computer … Continue reading

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10/10/2021: Adventure with Acorns

Big disclaimer again: There are plenty of ways to safely and efficiently process acorns. Consult the experts. Don’t imitate somebody who is just bumbling around.  In our earlier episode, I gathered about 2 cups of perfectly fresh sound fallen acorns … Continue reading

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10/9/20: Fennel. Or, Keeping Up With the Wings

Big safety warning here, about fennel and everything else: This is an entertainment blog by a writer who rarely leaves the sidewalk and can only identify two kinds of lettuce. There are plenty of competent plant books out there. Study … Continue reading

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10/3/2021: Memorial Service, Neighborhood Style

The Memorial Service for Neighbor G. was on Sunday. At the local grocery I bought the universally popular party pack of choco-chip cookies, then put on Neighbor D’s sleek black classic dress and headed uphill to the barbecue area. It … Continue reading

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Neighbors, 9.27.21

Yesterday I ironed a clean shirt for Neighbor D. She saw me wearing it recently and said “Ooh, nice shirt. Can I have it?” She was joking, but I washed and ironed and wrapped it with a note on her … Continue reading

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White Oak Acorns 9.25.21

Warning: this post is for entertainment purposes only. There are plenty of published experts out there if you want to read up on working with acorns. Do not stake your health or pantry on the adventures of a foreign language … Continue reading

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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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