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A black-throated Blue Warbler, of a darker variety

Warblers

This morning I took my coffee out on my second-story porch (something I’ve longed after for a while, but haven’t been too successful in doing, because of the chilly temps.) The Sugar Maple tree near my porch has leaves that… Read More »Warblers

Toddler in Fire Chief outfit gazing up at fire fighters

Mastering Irony

Irony is the unexpected. And it’s the most powerful, yet the most subtle, of all the plot devices a writer has in his toolkit. When it’s used properly, the written word becomes transcendent. Irony is subtle and it can be… Read More »Mastering Irony

Cecropias moths mating

Cecropia Strong, Inc.

This morning at 8:30, I called the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and asked if the Articles of Organization for Cecropia Strong, Inc. had been approved. The answer was, “Yes!” A new charity is born! The idea of this… Read More »Cecropia Strong, Inc.

Computer generated brain showing an injury site

What Is a Stroke?

A stroke occurs when any part of the brain is deprived of blood flow (hence, oxygen) and the affected brain cells die. As the third leading cause of death in the United States, a stroke is a big deal. Even… Read More »What Is a Stroke?

Julie, teddy (and several other critters) go for a trip to SRH

Four Months In

Teddy and I were headed down to Spaulding yesterday, and we thought we had everything figured out! (I really mean, I thought I’d figured it out—teddy is a stuffed animal and they’re not noted for their thinking skills.) I was… Read More »Four Months In

September 11th

Today is September 11, 2020. It’s been nineteen years since that day, and a generation has passed. I’ve lived through my own challenging experiences, while trying to be mindful that we’ve all suffered from that terrible shock and loss. Walk… Read More »September 11th