Monthly Archives: October 2014

A POSTSCRIPT TO “INANIMATE OBJECTS”

This morning Howie said to me, “You left out the refrigerator in your post about inanimate objects.   I think you hurt its feelings. It’s weeping.”  He led me into the kitchen where the refrigerator had drizzled a stream of water onto the … Continue reading

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DO INANIMATE OBJECTS HAVE FEELINGS?

“Inanimate objects hate me,” I said to Howie a couple of weeks ago. “Stove, dishwasher, laundry machine, dryer. All of them hate me.” Howie looked up from his microscope, shifted his glasses down from the top of his head so … Continue reading

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A VASTLY UNDERCONSUMED VEGETABLE

Photos by Lynn Christoffers Despite the warnings that Jerusalem artichokes proliferate alarmingly, several years ago I planted a dozen plants that someone had given me along the back, west facing fence of the vegetable garden. Jerusalem artichokes have nothing to … Continue reading

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THE SWING

    From his back yard swing in San Diego, Howie could watch red-tailed hawks soaring on the air currents over Tecolote Canyon searching for jack rabbits, rattlesnakes, and other prey. He could note the subtle changes of the seasons, … Continue reading

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THE EXPLODING COMPOST HEAP

One of my favorite passages in an early Victoria Trumbull mystery never made it into print. Victoria, my 92-year-old poet protagonist in the Martha’s Vineyard Mystery Series, has some of the most exuberant gardens on Martha’s Vineyard. A lifelong Island … Continue reading

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THE HIS AND HER GARDENS

Howie and I have two gardens. Mine is a sprawling vegetable garden, some 900 square feet in area. His is 90 square feet. I invariably start gardening long before winter is over, poring over seed catalogs, starting pots of seeds … Continue reading

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THE ESSENTIAL JEANS

Duluth Trading Company Women’s Workwear PO Box 409 Belleville WI, 53508-0409 Dear Duluth: I am returning to you the jeans I purchased from you. I don’t expect a refund because I wore and washed them four or five times. I … Continue reading

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WHIPPED CREAM

“Hot date tonight?” Libby, our niece, greeted Howie as he was leaving Cronig’s Market. He was carrying a dozen long stemmed red roses and two cans of Cabot whipped cream. Well, yes, but it was the roses that contributed to … Continue reading

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