Blankets and Birthdays

Sometimes life throws curve balls. I am working on some unique ways of marking and celebrating my upcoming 60th birthday; it has felt like a special birthday not only in terms of numbers, but also in terms of my evolvong sense of who I have become and the mark I want to make on the…

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Walking on History

It isn’t what people do for show that interests me most, but what they do day-to-day. Perhaps that is part of the fascination that Pompeii holds for me. Like Skara Brae in the Orkneys, it is a city preserved in time, where everyone departed in a mass exodus, leaving behind the clues to the workings…

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Tick-the-box Walking

I’m feeling swamped here at my desk today, and really had to force myself into shoes and out the door for what I was calling a tick-the-box walk. I told myself I’d just take a quick swing around the (long) block, then come home and get back to work. But it didn’t work like that,…

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The Rosy Glow of Casual Conversation

Our drab weather continues, though it isn’t quite as bitter outside today. Every dog walker in town seemed to be out, and everyone seemed chatty, which was nice. I love the quirkiness of conversations with casual strangers, people you don’t know, whom you may or may not never see again, but who brush up against…

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Sacred Ground

I decided to combine business with pleasure (again), so after dropping my boots off at the shoe repair in Hadleigh this morning, I wandered over to the old church in the center of town. I’ve passed it a thousand times, I’m sure, and while I often appreciate it in passing, I’ve never stopped for a…

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