Category Archives: Reflections

Things to Ponder While the Snow Melts

So what do you do with a doll you have loved for years as a child and are now too old to play with it? If you’re in Japan, you can have a funeral for it. There are Buddhist temples … Continue reading

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A Two Week Break

The snowpack is finally melting away, one snowflake at a time. For two weeks the ground has been covered with snow. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a snowpack last this long. Usually, they are gone in a … Continue reading

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Glaciers Recede, Duck Eggs Appear

I gathered the first eggs of the year yesterday. Among them was one of Emma’s, the biggest duck egg of all. With duck eggs for breakfast, I can forget about the snow. It is above freezing, the sun is burning … Continue reading

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Snowed In

This is a first. I had to shovel my way into the garden this morning. Shovel a path for the ducks to walk to their swimming hole. Shovel a path to the hoop house the ducks spend the night. The … Continue reading

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No Sneaking About in the Snow

The snow sparkles this morning under a blue, cloudless sky. You don’t need to ask, “Who goes there?” when powder-puff snow blankets the ground. Every last footstep of every last creature leaves an imprint in the snow. There is no … Continue reading

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The Hush of Snow

The pond is a sheet of snow today. The hush of a snowy day is so calming. With no wind, the soft, gentle flakes pile up everywhere. Vines become white ribbons chasing phantom shapes through the air. Dried flower stalks … Continue reading

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Snow Is a Gift

Heavy snow in the morning calls for a change of plans. I’m staying put today. Not going anywhere. I’m not one to rush around, not like I used to when I was young. Mad dashes to the subway, frantic runs … Continue reading

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