Uncommonly good

I heard on the news this morning that new legislation has been introduced by several New England senators making it a felony to sell fraudulent maple syrup made from, as the reporter put it, “common cane syrup.” Here’s what I have to say about that – Fine by me! I think should be a crime…

Happy Halloween

Backward, turn backward, O Time, in your flight make me a child again just for to-night! ~Elizabeth Akers Allen When I was three or four, I got my first Halloween costume – a bought costume. Baw got it for me at Tyrell’s, the five and dime on Main Street. It was a happy witch, complete…

Hometraining has nothing to do with puppies

“A car is useless in New York, essential everywhere else. The same with good manners.” Mignon McLaughlin Down here, we call it “hometraining.” You know – manners, comportment, etiquette, social graces. I know you all are saying, “Manners schmanners. I can remember which fork to use, please and thank you, ma’am and sir, and all…

Love, Me

We were cleaning out her house. Packing up the dishes, the linens, the cutlery. The books, nick nacks, and bridge sets. Her mother’s wedding dress and her daughter’s baby dress. A forgotten shoebox filled with Borax and zinnias. Nearly a hundred years of living to be parceled out, stored away or sold. Her closet was…

A glorious mess

This morning I came into possession of something I can only term a “mess” – a glorious mess. You see, Brother called me and said that he’d been given a gift, a downright boon if you ask me, but since he was going out of town, he’d be unable to partake in said gift and…