Monthly Archives: April 2011

MOVE-MENT

MOVE-MENT Something major about packing all one’s belongings is that you end up awash in memories.  I am unearthing the strangest things – like the list entitled “Our Plant Family” which was drawn up by my son Kevin, most likely … Continue reading

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HAPPINESS

In the packing, I’ve discovered a treasure trove of old pictures. Think about it. There are specific moments frozen in time when, for whatever reason, you felt such simple happiness that just the evocation of the image makes you laugh.  … Continue reading

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THE SKATE

On a trip back to North Dakota/Minnesota in the early 1970’s, my Uncle Earl took me up into the attic of my grandparents home in Hickson, N.D. and gave me two things.  One was a stuffed deer’s head which had … Continue reading

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ANOTHER RESPITE

Today I’m crying “Uncle” and in the sense that I GIVE UP for today –  the packing troll has won and I am done.  Exhausted.  Finished.  A wreck.  And in another sense I could use an “Uncle Ernie”, that familial … Continue reading

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LADY ASTOR

Mom was fond of telling the tale of how she came to California from Minnesota as a bride and “saw the palm trees and the mountains and the ocean and thought she’d died and gone to heaven.”  And then there … Continue reading

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I MARRIED ADVENTURE

I MARRIED ADVENTURE You can see from my falling-apart copy of Osa Johnson’s book that it was a special favorite in my youth.  What a life she led with Martin Johnson,  traversing the world at a time when Africa was … Continue reading

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HAPPY EASTER

This is the first year I can remember in my adult life that I didn’t go to See’s Candy and buy Bordeaux and Scotch Mallows and Pecan Buds  and chocolate marshmallow eggs and bunnies  and nestle them in baskets we … Continue reading

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