The Ants Are Coming!

March 31, 2017 by - 2 Comments

  Do you know what these are? They are peonies. (This pic is from a year or two ago–this year’s batch hasn’t even leafed out yet.) Do you know what loves peonies? Ants. Ants adore peonies. If you look closely at peony buds, you’ll notice ants crawling over them like travelers over little white globes. …Read More

More Things On Heaven and Earth: Mysterious Radio

March 29, 2017 by - 3 Comments

    Sometimes I think that without my husband and kids, my non-literary entertainment would probably be limited to book research, playing the piano, watching endless reruns of Poirot, Midsomer Murders, and listening to whatever non-comedic random radio show is playing on Sirius XM’s Radio Classics (and I only have Sirius because it came with …Read More

Sudden Extravagance

March 28, 2017 by - 2 Comments

Today, I looked up from my desk (which I hadn’t left all day) at 6:45 pm, and saw extreme magic outside my window. What does one do when one sees extreme magic? Why you must grab the fancy camera and shoot it.                           …Read More

Sunday, 26 March 2017

March 26, 2017 by - 2 Comments

  There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about. –Helen Frankenthaler In describing this piece, Gen said that the figures are a man and a woman, but do not represent any particular country or race. Our …Read More

Saturday Serendipity, 25 March 2017

March 25, 2017 by -
Every Saturday, Rain or Shine

    Lots of critter stories this week, and the dress search continues… Cancer-sniffing dogs are so amazing: a study with a 100% accuracy rate. Literature by the Numbers: No surprise that James Patterson is an overachiever when it comes to clichés, and James Joyce loved exclamation points. Fun with lit statistics. If you attach …Read More

An Almost Lost Work Day

March 24, 2017 by - 2 Comments

Time for a bit of a ramble: Sometimes I think I got a double dose of the Mom Gene. Or maybe it’s that touch of co-dependency that I’ve been working so hard to divest–but I feel compelled to get up and see my 17 year-old off to school each morning. As an ADHD mom with …Read More

All The Lovely Orchids

March 20, 2017 by - 6 Comments

  I can’t grow an orchid to save my life. A good friend sent me one a couple of years ago, and I kept it alive for six months. At least it gave every sign of being alive. In the seventh month, it started looking a bit petrified. Plus the cat thought it was a …Read More

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