Monthly Archives: May 2013

Tradition/History: Pocket Watch

This pocket watch belonged to my husband’s uncle. His name was John, but he was always called Scat. Scat was quite a colorful character. He ran a speakeasy during Prohibition. As his namesake, my husband inherited his watch, but it … Continue reading

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Tradition/History: Sword Swallower

Sword swallowing and other feats of this sort are ancient arts, still practiced by a few. We may be dazzled by the special effects we see on our ubiquitous screens–but I still think there’s nothing as amazing as seeing someone–in … Continue reading

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Tradition/History: Archery

We spent the day at a RennFaire: a fantasy of what we’d like to imagine was the best parts of ages past. Not much is truly authentic, but this archer is. He makes his own long bows out of genuine … Continue reading

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Ordinary: Grocery Shopping

We are very fortunate to live near a Stew Leonard’s grocery store. It’s a massive place. There are two kinds of shoppers there: the ones who do the periphery, with the bakery and the already prepared foods; and the ones … Continue reading

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Ordinary: AT&T

In these days of Connectivity, it’s an ordinary thing to have to spend time at places like the local AT&T store, arranging for Internet and cell phone and TV…stuff that even I my childhood just didn’t exist. Yeah, we had … Continue reading

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Ordinary: Keys

These are my keys: for Bob (our pickup truck), Sven (my hot red Mazda, and The Egg (the little white Yaris); the front and back doors to out little red house; the camper and my gym locker. Added to the … Continue reading

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Ordinary: Library

On Tuesday afternoons, I go to the library. It’s part of my ordinary routine. In another way, though, it’s extraordinary: that we can go to a place full of books and knowledge, and it costs us nothing…that we can read. … Continue reading

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Ordinary: Dandelion

The ordinary (and oft resented) dandelion, rendered aglow with the plastic optic on the LensBaby.

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Busy: New York City

At sunset with a schooner cruising by, it looks placid–but New York is the City That Never Sleeps. This was an iPhone shot, taken from across the Hudson in Jersey City.

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Busy: The Movies

For Mother’s Day, Christian & Ivy gave me tickets to see the advance premier of the new Star Trek movie. Avid Trekkies, John and I have never missed an opening night, so this was a wonderful gift. This is the … Continue reading

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