CHOPPED LIVER AND THE HIGH HOLY DAYS

On the High Holy Days when I was a little girl, my most important job was to chop the liver.

Now, as you might know, chopped liver occupies a special place in the Jewish heart.

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BEARS: IT’S THEIR WORLD; WE JUST LIVE IN IT

(I was honored to be asked to contribute a piece to our town’s excellent newsletter, Views of Dummerston. So along with the news that our librarian was stepping down, information about help with home weatherization and an informative piece on Dummerston geology, this piece appeared in the Summer 2013 issue. I’m adding some photos — by Randy Holhut, of course.)

Bear 1Bear 2Bear 3They suggested that I write about bears and I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

It used to be that whenever I saw a truck bearing (heh heh) the bumper sticker “A fed bear is a dead bear,” I would nod my head in smug self-congratulation. After all, Randy and I live deep in the Dummerston woods, and we know enough not to feed the bears. But it’s not that simple.

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KITTY EMERITUS

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Our cat has apparently retired.

She’s only 10, so it’s a very early retirement. Maybe she’s getting social security checks every fourth Wednesday from that Great Whisker in the Skies? I don’t know, but she’s definitely stopped working. Continue reading “KITTY EMERITUS” »

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“Optimists Change the World” — The Life of Madeleine Kunin

In her cultured, polite and graceful way, Madeleine M. Kunin is angry.

And when an impressive agent of social change such as Kunin becomes angry, it pays to pay attention. Continue reading ““Optimists Change the World” — The Life of Madeleine Kunin” »

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