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Notes from Jan

A Time to Cry, A Time to Clap

Lots of crying around the world, especially in Gaza and Israel. And in my car, when I pray. Well, not wanting to arrive red-eyed when I picked up my Grandgirl Maggie and her friends Saturday morning, I slid in a CD . Music often…

October 23, 2023
Notes from Jan

Toothless and Blind

Remember? That’s what Teyve said in Fiddler on the Roof. If we repay an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, “Soon the whole world is blind and toothless.” Hamas calls for “a day of rage.” Israel pummels Gaza. What Hamas…

October 14, 2023
Notes from Jan

So What Are You Reading These Days?

Like many of you, I love to read. So it’s troubling to learn how far behind many children are in reading. And how few can read or write cursive. One’s handwriting offers clues to a person, as does what we read. So many of…

October 9, 2023
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So, What’s for Suppah?

Her smile welcomes me into the Walgreens, just down the hill from where I live. She watches as I wrestle to free a cart that’s determined to stay put. Then asks, “Can I help you?” “No thanks. I think I’m OK.” (Famous last words.)…

September 29, 2023
Notes from Jan

The Sans of Time

No, I didn’t leave out the D, as in sands of time. I meant sans as found in lines from William Shakespeare’s, As You Like It. I’m referring to The Seven Ages of Man speech by Jaques. Remember? “All the world’s a stage, and…

September 22, 2023
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This Is SO You!

The ads pop up like annoying gnats in my email. Some suggest “we picked this just for you.” But the worst came yesterday, an ad showed a pair of skinny jeans and a mini-skirt with “this is SO you. “Well, lets just say, it’s…

September 14, 2023
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Change is No Small Matter

A few maple leaves fluttered past. Signs of the season. School’s in session and yellow busses rule the roads. Still no brisk feel in the air. HOT and HUMID remains the forecast. And while Labor Day marks the unofficial end to summer, Good Harbor…

September 7, 2023
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On an Ipswich Hillside

If you love music and generations singing and playing instruments, you needed to be at #4 Jeffrey’s Neck Road for Chad and Kristina’s Backporch Jamboree last night. Professional musicians and lovers of music planted themselves on the hillside that rose just beyond the back…

September 2, 2023
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By Flying Leaps and Bending Low

It happened at Target. As I left the restroom, I turned to walk down the hallway that emptied into the store. I spotted an old man, bent in half, facing the other way, hands on knees. I was about to ask if he was…

August 28, 2023
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And Grace To Lead Us Home

On our last night at the beach house, we gathered for a shrimp-a-roo. Since this was to celebrate my birthday, Chris brought tablecloths. Fresh flowers showed up, along with some twinkling lights hung from rafters. Matt’s specialty. Soon the feast appeared: boiled shrimp, fresh…

August 21, 2023
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