Monthly Archives: May 2013

The Most Complicated Month

It looks like I have survived the month I dreaded, the month of too many anniversaries too close together. Not without a few new scars, but it’s over at least. The fates seem to run cruel in this month for … Continue reading

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Good Morning, Puff

I woke up to another one of those extraordinary mornings we get here, in this house on Cherry Lane. The sunrise was trying to break through over the eastern hills, and the mist was rising off the Hawley Swamp to … Continue reading

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Commencement Season

I have lived in a college town for most of my adult life. Even though I am not an academic, life here is very tied to the academic calendar, and we mark the year by the arrival and departure of … Continue reading

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Ghosts and Survivors

I walked down to campus yesterday and over to the chapel where we were married to consider the meaning of all this, to try to figure out how to transform a relationship with a now gone wife into something that lets you … Continue reading

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Lilacs and Vines

There were supposed to be lilacs. We weren’t even out of college the day we were married, thirty years ago today. It was a low-budget wedding, and instead of buying flowers for the chapel the plan was for friends to … Continue reading

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Wounds Retained

This weekend I hiked on the Bear  Trap Trail in the Mill Creek Preserve on the Monterey Peninsula. The peninsula normally has a relatively brief wet season followed by a very long dry season. As a result, fire is very … Continue reading

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You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Barbara loved “The Big Chill”. In her typical way ahead of the curve fashion, she identified with a bunch of characters fifteen years older than her suddenly facing their own mortality, because she had already seen so much in life. The scene at … Continue reading

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