The Cedar Chest

This week I took a metaphorical walk down memory lane and rearranged the bits and pieces in my cedar chest. The task was long overdue. Over the decades, I had tossed items in without labels and without regard for their fragile nature. I had taken items out and replaced them…

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MOUSE PATROL

We’ve begun a new year in the cold. To those of us who swelter most of the time, the cold weather is a brief, refreshing change. The cold allows the fruit trees to grow dormant and complete their cycles properly, it kills insects on the winter greens in the garden…

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Director’s Choice

In the twenty-five years I directed high school drama, I came to dread the first read-through after casting a show: there was always “drama” in drama. I told the cast I based my casting decisions on the actor’s previous experience and devotion as well as his or her size, shape…

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Allergies

No matter how high tech the doctor’s office, it seems every visit requires a handwritten, manual update for the chart. I’m particularly amused by the allergy list on the back of the form: I won’t do it, but here’s what I’m tempted to put on that clipboard page: I AM…

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