Monthly Archives: June 2013

Definitely Summer, or, the Mockingbird

At four o’clock every morning for the past week, I have been reminded that it is indeed summer.  That’s when the mockingbird begins singing.  He starts around four, and he doesn’t finish his repertory until the sun starts getting hotter … Continue reading

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Beauty

I was thinking about beauty and ugliness today because of the Ugliest Dog Contest, which was hyped on the Today Show among others. Here’s a clip:  http://www.hulu.com/#!watch/504008 I think poor Walle’s problem is that his proportions are just soooo wrong– poor … Continue reading

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Remembering Daddy: The Denim Jacket

I have Daddy’s denim jacket hanging in my hall closet.  It is an old, faded Wrangler’s denim, lined with red plaid flannel, in the classic style worn by farmers and cowboys.  When I came home from college in the fall or … Continue reading

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Practical Magic

Since the earliest times, people have tried to influence fate or luck or fortune, whatever you want to call it, with charms and amulets.  Some of them “work” by sympathetic magic–something represents something else, and gives you the properties of … Continue reading

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