One hundred

Two nights ago, my daughter asked me about my favorite movies. There are so many I like that I couldn’t narrow it down. Same with songs, and books. After some hemming and hawing, I could think up an answer, but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to name these things? I haven’t tried to […]

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unraveling

I have been cleaning out my house. I’m not going anywhere, as far as I know, but the accumulation of years has been an source of frustration. You see, I am not fond of tidying up. I make messes, and I do my best to deal with the immediate things, after cooking, for example. I […]

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my piano

When I was very young, I had a strange obsession with the piano. We didn’t have one when this all started, probably when I was four or five years old, but every time we visited a friend with one, I liked to sit at the long bench and stretch my fingers across the keys. I […]

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kinder, gentler

The night before last, I found myself on the edge of a field at dusk, watching the spectacle of the male American woodcock. During mating season, he sits near the trees and makes a funny beeping sort of noise, then spirals high into the air before descending as he chirps. I had never seen this […]

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coming home

I have been away again, this time on my first trip to England. A great friend, whom I met while writing for an earlier blog, invited me to celebrate his and his wife’s birthday by visiting the famed Wild Hare Club in Hereford. The club is not, as the name might imply, an actual physical […]

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kittens

For several years, I resisted getting a cat. As I approached the ripe old age of fifty, I feared becoming that person–and the memories of Rex, the golden-hearted cat, still filled me with sadness. His death was suspicious, and like the death of my beloved Pyewacket when I was ten years old, it is not […]

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agnès

I discovered the work of Agnès Varda far too late, so late that I only paid close attention when she came to Harvard last year. She was a gem. Particularly, when I watched her film about gleaners, I understood that she had something special in her, something I aspire to. I wanted to lap up […]

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anticipation

I have arrived home from work early today, and now am sitting down to a nice laptop, a glass of quite nice Crios Torrentes, and some fancy snack mix that is substituting my lunch today, which I skipped to justify leaving early. Richard Thompson is playing tonight, and boy, am I excited. Although he has […]

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i love dick, too

But Amazon doesn’t. To be perfectly honest, I hadn’t started watching the show before I heard of its cancellation. If I had, I probably would have watched, but there is only so much time in the world, and though I’ve become somewhat more of a homebody in the last year or so, I have never […]

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