Remembering Norman

June 18, 2017

I read a Father’s Day tribute by one of the local newspaper’s writers; she writes book and music reviews, and interviews musicians coming to the area. She did a great job of capturing her relationship with her father over the decades. It was very sweet. It made me think about my dad, Norman, and how […]


A Little Slice of Heaven

August 25, 2016

My cousin Claudia’s in-laws own a summer cottage in Enfield, NH, and have generously shared it with their kids who in turn have shared it with us. Lake Mascoma is their back yard, and the house has a dock with kayaks and canoes and a bunch of rafts perfect for floating on a hot summer […]


Six Geese A Making Cookies

December 17, 2015

Melissa had a cookie making party. Unlike a cookie swap, we all got together to actually make the cookies. And candy. There were critical failures and smashing successes. And that was before Sharyn pulled out the bourbon for the bourbon balls. So all in all, it could have been much worse. The bourbon balls Sharyn […]


90 Years Young

November 14, 2015

I’m a big fan of birthdays. There are those of us who agree they should be more than just days, like a birth week or a birth month. Hell, if you’re 90 it should be a birth year, and you should party ‘til the cows come home. And send those cows on a round the […]


Remembering Susan

November 6, 2015

Sometimes it’s not a birthday, anniversary or special occasion that brings a person to mind; sometimes it is something as mundane as a web hosting renewal request. I don’t need an occasion to think of my late sister-in-law Susan; I need only look around my house. Gifts she’d given me, photos of her in happy […]


Late Summer Table

September 8, 2015

Even on August’s hottest days the angle of the sun in the sky foretold the change of the seasons. There is sadness in saying goodbye to our short summers, knowing it’s time to think about putting the boat on land for the winter and get ready for all that fall brings, but we’re going to […]


Holy Carp

August 28, 2015

Some stories need to be revisited as plots thicken and new information arises. Some of you might recall my Carpio Diem blog, about the massive, elusive carp that my cousin Roger, AKA “The Fish Whisperer”, saw at the Lake Mascoma house of his daughter and son-in-law, Claudia and John. I was sure it was just […]


Losing a friend of almost 40 years is hard. Even when the friend is in her nineties and has memory loss so severe that the same conversation happens thirty times in a thirty-minute visit. It was difficult to see her because I was over an hour away and had little business in Boston anymore, so […]



June 28, 2015

People cycle in and out of our lives. Friends and relatives we were once close to drift away to go to new jobs, other places, or sometimes just different interests. I, too, was nomadic for some of the years of my life, so I know how easy it is to lose track. And I love […]


My cousin Claudia’s in-laws have a cottage on western New Hampshire Lake Mascoma, and she and her husband John allowed a bunch of us to invite ourselves to help them install their dock. They are brave souls. Anita, Melissa and I had all been there before as part of our book club’s girl’s weekend. A […]