Category Archives: Upstate New York

How We Met

Intriguing how people meet their life partners and choose to marry. Luck and chance are sometimes involved. Or fate? Some choose to marry high school sweethearts. Not in the cards for me. I was in graduate school and teaching at … Continue reading

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Slithering Snake in Suburbia

Silly me! Why I thought I would never see a snake in our garden here in Upstate New York, I don’t know.  I had my fill as a young girl in Massachusetts and then the big, long rattlesnakes in Colorado, … Continue reading

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Witty Winter

  Bring It On! Out the window I observe large white snowflakes cascading silently, covering the lawn. A vast white blanket. Early visitors scurried through our yard leaving tracks: rabbits. Where do they winter over I muse? Under a neighbor’s … Continue reading

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Get Ready for Old Man Winter!

Cold, soaking rains followed by winds and falling leaves usually indicate the end of Autumn. While I love the colors of this season, I would appreciate warmer temperatures. We are fortunate to have four seasons in Upstate New York. One … Continue reading

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A Chance Encounter

My daily walk at the lake park has long been a favorite ritual. How pleasant today’s weather was, and many folks were out and about. People in Upstate New York tend to be friendly and outgoing so it is quite … Continue reading

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July 4th Traditions

Family, friends, faith, food, flying the flag and fireworks create memorable traditions this July 4th. Neighbors are out relaxing, playing, taking walks and cooking outdoors. Everyone stops to reflect on this country and on those who went before us and … Continue reading

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Nature Changes Clothes

Snow fell along the lake this April morning as I walked and observed nature in its frozen glory. Birds above carried on conversations with one another. Lots of flooding and displaced ducks and geese tried to decide where to alight … Continue reading

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Childhood Freedom

Recent media accounts of a couple in Maryland prompted me to write this week about the freedom and pleasure of childhood play. I was fortunate to start my early childhood years in rural Massachusetts in and around the Springfield, Palmer … Continue reading

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Holding Fond Memories

It seems weeks now since we have felt Mother Nature’s wrath with one storm after another and bitter cold wind chills biting us as we attempt to brave the outdoor elements. When I was a child growing up in Sturbridge, … Continue reading

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Heaven on Earth

Winter is in full force here in Upstate New York, replete with wind chills, blowing and drifting snow and those beloved days to all school children called snow days. Even with bitter cold weather, children go sledding and make snowmen. … Continue reading

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