Monthly Archive: April 2015

Routine Service

Routine Service

I took the car into the dealer for routine service. “Routine” is their word, not mine. The service takes about an hour. I was invited by the service representative to wait in a small...

On the Brink

Dour Hour down at Pandora’s Tavern. Big beery debate breaks out among the local philosophers: How do you know when one moment ends and the next begins? Prolonged squabbling ensues. At last, one of...

Morning Coffee

Morning Coffee

The other morning I had coffee in this bunny biker coffee bar in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut. I was happily sipping my “beverage” from this charming bunny mug and simply enjoying my view of...

The Library

A dream of Alexandria. Long descent through dark stacks. Shelves empty. Books all checked out, withdrawn, lost. The smell of unremembered words. Sign says unpaid fines go to Charon. Jingle of coins in a...

What’s Happening

The same old news. I turn the radio off and take a long walk with the collie through empty woods. Melting snow and dying hemlocks. Robins and red-eyed vireos warming up their voices. Downy...

Have a Nice Day

Have a Nice Day

“I can take you here,” says the happy checkout clerk at the grocery store, “I’m open.” “I have a full cart,” I tell him. I point to the cart. “That’s okay. I can take...

Learn to Fly

Learn to Fly

The other day I was driving along on a back road and spotted a billboard that said, “Learn to Fly.” Seeing it was like receiving takeoff clearance to reminisce. I did learn to fly, a...