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Retired from the New York Times. Non-professional ballet dancer creaking through private workouts, serious classical pianist, sketch artist of sorts, fulminator on issues, in-your-face essays, feisty but manageable. Mostly a nice person. From time to time, a fanged, shaggy carnivore.

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Sol’s good friend Kathy came over this afternoon. The plan was to fish! Sol had gone to the bait shop (yes, we have those) and bought what was needed but they needed “a line” – turns out they ...
Laura, the daughter who found me, and I, are e mailing daily. We are doing 70 years of catch-up. Getting to know her is such a treat. We share the same interests, we were both tomboys as kids, are bot...
I got an unexpected package today. The postal clerk called me to say that it was urgent and I had to sign for it and she didn’t want to wait until Monday so maybe I could pick it up right way becaus...
Holiday programming sucks. All my favorite news anchors are taking time off, replaced by the second string. Not that I begrudge them their down time but I do miss them. What is even worse is that trad...
Don, my brother in law, called to say he had some photos of my late sis, Tula, when she was riding, when we were both members of a high school riding club and we used to go every week to Elston Stable...
I’m one of those people who counts her blessings all the time. A family gathering for me hasn’t happened since I lived in Chicago and I left in 1957. Jay and I would annually go to our dear friend...
In the 60s and 70s, Jay and I became friends with James Randi, aka the Amazing Randi. Jay and he shared the skeptics view of the paranormal, of magicians who claimed extraordinary powers. Randi was pr...
I have been distracted by many things and have not been at the piano a lot to the point that my technique is suffering. A catalyst has been Sol, who loves music and is an avid fan of my playing and wi...
Late at night while I am getting ready for bed, I dawdle, I digress. I look at reading material, I look stuff up on the internet, I put off brushing my teeth. Suddenly it’s 1 a.m. and I am not done....
There was a news feature this afternoon bemoaning the fact that college students were missing out on the best social time of their lives because of the pandemic. They can’t mingle, they can’t meet...
Today was a good day. We got our mail-in ballots, we filled them out right away, I voted Democrat throughout – I didn’t even know the judges, but looked them up. If they were appointed by a Republ...
Saturday was my birthday and our wedding anniversary, so I checked out the Tarpon Lodge and they said, yes, wear masks, and told me they were observing seating distance. So I made a reservation for th...
I’ve just discovered Alma Deutscher. Here is an excerpt from her bio.Alma Elizabeth Deutscher (born February 2005 in Basingstoke) is an English composer, pianist and violinist.At age five, she compo...
On Tuesday I called the Lee Animal Control place and inquired as to the status of our adoption of Juliet. Juliet, the abandoned cat of Irene H., a woman in her 90s who was taken to a facility, and now...
Our water meter was leaking, so Ed called the water company and they are working on it. They started two hours ago, it is late in the afternoon, and the water is off. I guess I can cobble up dinner wi...