Monthly Archives: January 2009

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Twice a year – seemingly always on the coldest and hottest days – I lug my ladder out to clean the gunk from the rain gutters. For nearly a decade I have assiduously avoided buying gutter guards on the grounds that having to install them will double the time I’m up on that ladder. But [...]

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To finally realize that your pet is more than just terribly sick is to be tossed nose-first into a suffocating morass of feelings.  For me, one that sometimes bubbles to the top of this cacophony is the vague and unsettling wish for some kind of absolution:  Dear little puss, please forgive all those times we [...]

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Most of you probably understand the kinds of overwhelming heartsickness that permeate you when a loved pet falls desperately ill.  For me nighttime arrives with a darker, suffocating feel, and ordinary happenings, especially those that mark the passing of time – the setting of Venus and the sun, waking up in the morning, the arrival [...]

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The Austin Harts are home safely after two weeks of travel, and the kids are all snug in their beds with visions of the new school semester – alas – replacing the Christmas sugarplums.  We got to see a fair proportion of the To: folks on our holiday trip and were reminded once again how [...]

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