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Sugar-Free

I have gone about two weeks without sugar. There are a couple of “exceptions” – fresh fruit of course, and a couple glasses of wine. But most significantly, no sweets or treats. No ice cream, chocolate, dessert, cookies, nothing. Things of that nature were my weakness and I eliminated them entirely. I’m still tempted but […]

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Nation State

“When Jefferson spoke of ‘my country,’ he usually meant Virginia, as Adams referred to Massachusetts as ‘my country’.” — David McCullough Who could have known I should ever have identified with Adams and Jefferson, for I am beginning to see Washington as my country, my land, where my people live and where my values will […]

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Drizzle

It has not rained here since some time in early June. This has made the pollen a constant factor in the air, and mosquitoes a non-entity. I have been trying to keep the backyard watered but kind of given up on the front, which now wears patches of brown. I water my flower pots, and […]

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Cockade

A few of the items I received for Mother’s Day: flowers, my favorite candy, and a tricorn or cocked hat, with a flower pin supplied by me. My sweet husband is on board with my history loving lunacy. It was a rainy and low-key Mother’s Day here. I remember every day how lucky I am […]

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Inkadinkadoo

Look at my new pretty. I’m about to write three letters with it. I know, jeez, why don’t you just write with a feather already! Maybe I will!! Actually no, that would be terrible.

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Salty

This morning the women’s group I am a part of held an activity that was part self-care and part caring for friends. We put together jars of epsom salts with essential oils and some botanicals. It was pretty easy, and I never take a bath without epsom salts, so I am looking forward to trying […]

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Finally!

“What is the Battle of Brandywine!!!!!” – me watching Jeopardy! last night, as all my reading and nerding out finally pays off in the form of sweet imaginary cash prizes ($2000).

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Morning

I started reading a novel for my book club yesterday and already noticed no fewer than three errors that could have been easily corrected by a copy editor or proofreader. In a printed, bound book. What is this world coming to? Of course, my habitual spotting of errors in print is more of a sickness […]

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Artifacts

A small sample of the treasures I keep in a bin in the closet. I am forever grateful that I lived during a time when writing letters was a normal, near-daily activity. Long distance phone calls were far, far more expensive than stamps. So we sent mail. I got to participate in a ritual that […]

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Did you know

One of my favorite things about artist Charles Willson Peale is that he named his sons Rembrandt, Raphaelle, Rubens, and Titian. That takes guts. He also painted this 18th c. portrait of … Hamilton? Yeah I’m not sure who that is.

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