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What I didn’t know about cows

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Never having lived with a cow, I know almost nothing about cows — and I truly believe that unless you actually live with an animal, even another person, you know next to nothing about them. It’s that day-to-day contact, not necessarily under the same roof, but better if that’s possible, which lets you “see” into […]

Cat woman: There’s a new girl in the house

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Full-figured Bingo is not quite sure where she is just yet. But, with typical feline curiosity, she is exploring every corner of every room, every cupboard, every closed door, every possible hidey-hole. In fact, this morning — her first here, having arrived only yesterday — I almost panicked because I couldn’t find her anywhere. We […]

My dear cat, Lisa, will be remembered with love

Thursday, February 19, 2009

I do not want to write this column. But I must. February has once again taken a beloved member of this family. Beginning in 1965, February took my mother. Through the years it took a dear Dalmatian, Maggie; my father; my sister; my Arabian, Pinkie. And now, my Lisa. She spoke to me Lisa came […]

Good food helps us get through winter

Thursday, February 12, 2009

If there is anything more rib-sticking, more delicious, more comforting, more warming to the cockles of your heart in these continuing assaults by King Winter, it has to be honest-to-God, old-fashioned buckwheat cakes served with honest-to-God maple syrup and either bacon or sweet sausage. (According to my Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, cockles are puckers and […]

Nothing nice about snow and ice

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Where is global warming when we need it? And what happened to a January thaw? I think bears have the right idea. In fact, for one solid week, I copied them. I hibernated. Literally. The Friday that the Abominable Snowman was huffing and puffing to get a good start, I went to the store and […]

Take heart: Spring is six weeks away

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Take heart, friends, take heart — Groundhog Day approaches! And whether or not the furry rodent sees his shadow, spring is just six weeks away and while King Winter hasn’t reigned very long by the calendar, it only seems as though the season has been here forever. Those folks who decorate extensively for Christmas had […]

The year 2008 was really a bummer

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Let’s just come right out and say it: 2008 was a bummer. Actually, that is one of the kindest things one might say about the not-so-dear departed year. The welcome to 2009 is bound to be more subdued than usual. The state of the world, the state of the economy, the state of just about […]

Here is heaven on Earth for animals

Thursday, December 18, 2008

There is a sweet 1834 painting by Edward Hicks titled The Peaceable Kingdom showing animals of every description relaxing together, and I have a book by the same title, which is about the various animals at the Philadelphia Zoo. In the preface to that book, a noted author wrote, “In a world older and more […]

Post-its are a big help with all the lists

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Now the endless lists begin. What did we ever do BP — Before Post-its — because the list never happens to be where we are. Or is it beneath the living-breathing (I’ll swear) pile of papers, envelopes, CDs, notes that remind us of something we were supposed to do yesterday that accumulates and grows at […]

Bluebirds finally find my small refuge

Thursday, November 20, 2008

October’s fabled bluebird weather has long since flown, but while blending into grey November left memories that will help us survive the looming winter. One of my sweetest memories will be the morning of Nov. 8 when, to my absolute jaw-dropping disbelief, I saw, perched on the rim of my bird bath, a real, honest […]


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