Marcy Mary to the Rescue … Again

I noticed that you had been subjected to another long travelogue. Then silence. First you are bored and then ignored. What is a reader to think? Well here I am, happy to step in and fill in the gaps! One of a dachshund’s main responsibilities is to pick up the pieces for family and friends […]

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Thinking of gifts . . .

I was given a rare gift today: the gift of solitude. I was completely alone for an hour as Sadie and John slept in. I made myself a cup of tea, snuggled into a chair, and looked out at the winter landscape. The chapparal continues to be dark green, but the surrounding hills are dotted […]

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Giving Thanks in 2020

After a very warm October and November, fall seems to have truly arrived in Southern California. Today there is a crisp wind, bright trees in autumn shades, and clear blue skies. Soon Thanksgiving will be here, and like everything else in 2020, it will be different. Looking out on our serene valley, it is easy […]

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Life Seemed Almost Normal

On Saturday I made a coffee cake. An “honest to God” coffee cake that filled the house with the fragrance of cinnamon and sweet spices. But baking was just as tedious as I remembered. For me, it has always been a means to an end: you bake so you can eat whatever wonderfully fattening thing […]

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A Different Kind of Independence Day

I still believe good things are coming, but it seems too many “good times” have set back our progress in containing the coronavirus. I have no doubt that we will defeat this plague, but in the meantime it would not be wise to “let the good times roll,” like we did in 2019.  Doesn’t the […]

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Searching for Summer

I’ve been looking for signs of summer and trying to capture that carefree essence that defines the season. Where we live, the weather in June is definitely transitional. A blanket of fog appears many days, and sometimes the sun never appears. I’m reminded of the Carl Sandburg poem: The fog comes on little cat feet. […]

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The Gratitude Box

I had a very trying morning the other day. Nothing major, just a whole flock of irritations. So I knew I was not in the right frame of mind when I sat down to write this blog.  While I was waiting for my ancient Mac to open Word, I noticed a small box that had […]

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Looking for the Pot of Gold …

March 17 is Saint Patrick’s Day, and I’ve decided to let you in on a little secret. My mother wanted to name me “Kathleen Mavourneen” after the old Irish ballad, but my older sisters prevailed and I ended up with “Kathleen Helen.” (I think I prefer “Mavourneen.”) My heritage is not all Irish, but I […]

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The Blue Butterfly

The last line of my previous blog read, “I think it is going to be a rough re-entry.” Little did I know how prophetic those words would be … On February 2, we celebrated our grandson Zeke’s birthday at Leo Carrillo Beach with a barbecue. Friends and family gathered on a gorgeous California winter day.  […]

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A Thanksgiving Feast for all Creatures: A Blog by Marcy Mary (Part I)

“Finally!” Hattie, my 14-year-old human sister, said as she levered her stiff body out of the van. The rest of the family, both two- and four-legged, echoed her sentiment. After all the humans had extricated themselves from the van, Hattie, Pinky, and Joey released Rex, Kotty, and me from our crates. We all stood there […]

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