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It’s in the air

Fall is here! It was here for me, a month ago when I was writing this. Who knows what it will be like outside when you are reading this. Yet fall is upon us ...

Penury

We nurses write a lot. We type a lot, too, but we sign the bottom of documents all day long. When I was in nursing school, I adopted a signature pen (ha ha), it...

Key party

Just a few words about keys. I seem to collect more as I grow older. As a child, growing up in lower Fairfield County, we never even thought of locking our door...

Extra strength

Now and then I pass a mirror and am shocked by the sight of an old man looking back. I have always theorized that if you look at yourself every day you will not...

Maraca

Had a major birthday a couple months back. Here is what I got: a cardiologist, an orthopedist and a million pills. I will not go into gory details; after all...

Hang up

We picked up an old steel kitchen shelf unit at the Elephant’s Trunk flea market in New Milford. It was during a period when we were collecting such cabinets, r...

Hand to moth

We were sitting on the couch the other night, minding our own business, when a moth fluttered through the room. It was not one of those large, dusty ones bu...

Stubbly

I had a beard for a few years. It was very unconvincing camouflage for a runaway double chin. A few years later when I was tired of it, I shaved it off. ...

Organic compost

We are members of a CSA. I can’t figure out what those letters represent, but what it means is every Tuesday we go to this nearby yoga studio and pick up a few ...

Blind ambition

As I age, I develop certain rhythms along with the other achy symptoms of geezertude. I am scheduled to be at work at 4 p.m. In my mind, this means I have to be...

Cords

In the late 70s, there was a regulation handed down from the appropriate branch of the bureaucracy requiring tool manufacturers to limit the length of all power...
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Miles of piles

Ready? Let’s start cleaning! OK, three piles: Goodwill, Garbage, Storage and — make that four piles. The fourth pile is “keep,” I guess that is a subset of “...