Author Archives: Ellen

Clap! Clap!

Two new characters in my Bethlehem display are a boy and a girl, each holding up a kitten, with another kitten at their feet. I have put them together in the town square with a little sign that reads “Free … Continue reading

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Chicken Soup for my Psyche

People – ordinary people – can be kind and cooperative. Someone in the upper levels at a Houston Astros game dropped her hat and it was caught several levels down. And very determinedly, with overwhelming cooperation, the hat was returned: … Continue reading

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Leftovers

We had a terrific Thanksgiving. The “spatchcocked” turkey was really good – Google “spatchcocked turkey” to see how it’s done. Roast at 450 degrees for eighty minutes, which sounds insane, but it works. Ate the last of the leftovers yesterday. … Continue reading

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Remembering

Okay, it’s officially the Christmas Season. I just heard that tv commercial in which Hershey kisses are being rung like handbells playing, “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” My surgeon told me a few days ago that I am his … Continue reading

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Barefoot Hero

The kind of hero fiction writers invent (love the bare feet!) – turns up in real life: Our cat Java has settled deeper and deeper into the routine of the household. She manifests her deep trust of us by sleeping … Continue reading

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Remember, Remember

This past Sunday was November 5, which is celebrated in England as Guy Fawkes Day – it’s their fireworks day. When I lived in London from July to July 1966 to 1968, children still kept the custom of constructing a … Continue reading

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Boo!

Today is Halloween, the Eve of All Hallows, the evening before the Christian Feast of All Saints. It has become a mish-mash of many contrasting and competing ceremonies dating all the way back to the pre-Christian eras, but all surrounding … Continue reading

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