Tag Archives: Memories

Weekly Photo Challenge: RELIC

Here’s a relic that’s a remembrance:   Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield MA is putting on a spectacular revival of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate, which the Hub wouldn’t have missed for the world. The original show opened on Broadway in 1948, … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: TREASURE

Three out of seven treasures in one photo, not bad! Not the best picture in the world, neither technically, nor flatteringly. But their obvious glee in this moment is my joy! A treasured memory — Three of the seven grandchildren, several … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas to All!

It seems paradoxical that the quintessential Christmas plant comes to North America from the tropics. Yes, the poinsettia’s heat and vivid color originate in Mexico. The cheerful flowers so delighted Joel Roberts Poinsett, first United States Minister to Mexico, that he … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: NOSTALGIA (2)

Old-fashioned flowers in old-fashioned gardens trigger childhood memories. I never saw an impatiens when I was growing up. Now they seem to be ubiquitous. New Guinea conquers Long Island shrubberies! No, I grew up with flowers like cosmos and zinnias, and … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: HOME

With two feet of snow now heaped in Alps on our lawn, our environs are mainly brown and white. Mostly white. Sometimes, like today, the sun shines brilliantly in a blue sky, providing blessed relief.  But when the sun doesn’t … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: CLOSE

They seem to be huddled close together for warmth, don’t they? Photo was taken back in the Berkshires the winter before last, which was of an extreme snowiness (in contrast to last winter here, which had almost none). Seems odd … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: DISTORT, 2

This wonderful twisted pine tree was in the garden of my friend’s parents in Shimane-ken, the province of Shimane up north above Osaka, close to to the Japan Sea. If I say it was a bonsai, you’re liable to think … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: DOWN

Usually we see our rooms on the level — But here’s a view of the dining room looking down: and here looking down into the living room: A little dizzy-making perhaps. But in either case we’re actually looking downward into … Continue reading

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“How can you bear to leave your Japanese garden?” Friends asked us that over and over when we were leaving Roslyn.  Fair question. We’d begun the garden years before, inspired by

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An Erratic Journal: “Home” in Ireland

Here’s a memory of a once-upon-a-time home (along with a bonus, an unexpected poem) from our Irish correspondent, Berna, over in County Kildare: Well, as for Innisfree, I wouldn’t much go for Yeats’ damp ‘clay and wattles’ cabin. There would … Continue reading

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