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Notes from Jan

Common Ground Isn’t so Common

The debate started on the way to church, leaving one grandchild sobbing,  the other determined to stand her ground. “We will NOT serve Mama and Daddy’s anniversary dinner in the tree house, Poco!” “You always have to have everything your way, Maggie.  Mama’d love …

September 18, 2019
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A Taste of Church at the Farmer’s Market

What’s not to love about a late summer’s day, puttering around the farmer’s market at Stage Fort Park, overlooking Gloucester Harbor and the Atlantic ocean behaving itself. An eco-friendly bag dangles off my arm, important identification with responsible folk who buy locally and organic…

September 12, 2019
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Summer’s Leftovers

Sand scrunches underfoot as I make my way from the kitchen sink to the table while clutching a mug of coffee. In the background a load of laundry sloshes, while the dryer hums, two performing their dutiful duet. Beds, shed of linens, rest unencumbered.…

September 5, 2019
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Blowing in the Wind

This is not the title for the final post of a colonoscopy trilogy. However, my written lab report arrived stating, “No further tests needed.” Gloucester appears to be celebrating with me by flushing hydrants all over town. Easy to say, “Life is good” when…

August 28, 2019
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When the End Justifies the Means

Worthwhile consideration prior to a colonoscopy, “Does the end justify the means?” Then again, the prep left little time to ponder anything more than how fast can I get from here to there. Since coming home, I’ve concluded our hospital needed better planners. The…

August 21, 2019
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Life on the Run

The doctor might as well have added to his instructions “remain seated with seatbelt securely fastened due to turbulence.” Prepping for tomorrow’s routine colonoscopy is anything but routine. Yesterday, I heard there’s a pill you can take. Too late, already invested in Gatorade, Miralax,…

August 20, 2019
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Goings and Comings

Someone once said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a stop in the bathroom.” After almost 3000 miles of driving to and from the Carolinas, visiting family and friends, it’s good to be back at the Perch, where the air comes salted…

August 17, 2019
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Just to Let You Know

Something’s amiss with my blog site. Actually, I think I’m the problem with my limited technical skills. Didn’t want you to think I’d melted in this heat wave, nor collapsed from tweet exhaustion. Maybe it’s time to work on a book. This story has…

July 20, 2019
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Truth or Lie?

It’s just a game, or so I’ve been told. You say something and other players ask questions, then determine if your claim is true or false. No problem, if it really is “just a game” but something’s afoot in our culture, making it challenging…

July 12, 2019
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What’s Your Song?

The Seagull fished off the back of the pickup truck, picnicking from an open cooler. The driver, stuck in Gloucester’s 4th of July traffic, kept time to a tune he alone heard, oblivious to the feeding frenzy fascinating me. Remembering Finding Dory convinced me I heard…

July 5, 2019