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Our Young Visitor

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HC, our niece from Louisiana, is visiting New York City for the first time. She is *super* cute, and yes, I know, I’m partial!   When HC first arrived with her mother (my sister-in-law), HC was a little shy.  It had been over a year since I had seen her last, and she...

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The Weather

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This is the “Goldilocks” season in New York for runners: it’s not too hot, not too cold, but just right. I mean, really really really right.   I have to confess, I go through stages when I wonder why I run at all … when I hate even the idea of exercise &hellip...

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Staying in Touch

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Ella is a one-year-old dog today.  In the early morning hours, she often gets out of her own bed and jumps up onto mine, wanting a little morning tummy rub and an ear scratching. Not in any rush to go outside, she will often just lay beside me for a little while, with her head on my chest...

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The Practice Run

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Just saw the Garden City school bus drive by.  School’s not in session yet, so they’re probably on a practice run.  The bus just came to a complete stop in the middle of the block, without a child in sight; yes — it’s definitely a practice run.   As I...

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Decluttering

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Do you have one of these anywhere?  It’s a pile of papers that need to be reviewed, sorted, and either filed or discarded.  I’ll confess that I’m predisposed to collecting these piles.  In effort to be “helpful,” someone in my house occasionally...

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The Cookies

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It seemed innocent enough. They said, “Let’s leave these leftover cookies here in the Memorial Room. They’ll still be good for next week.”  Only one problem with that plan.  I actually work in the air-conditioned Memorial Room during the summer. Right next to...

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Letting Go

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My pup Ella’s favorite toy is what we call Ms. Blueberry.  It’s a blue plush toy that, for some inexplicable reason, has won Ella’s heart over.  She usually picks up this toy first thing in the morning and sometimes falls asleep with it right beside her mouth.  I...

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The Bunny

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My dog and I were sauntering around the church grounds this week when we saw a young bunny hiding in the side area of the church next to the sacristy door.  When Ella’s hunting instincts kicked in, I quickly had us walk away to avoid frightening the defenseless, little creature. ...

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Trees in Summer

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When the outside temps feel like the inside of a self-cleaning oven, I REALLY appreciate our trees.  The trees lining our sidewalks, the seemingly rare ones in the middle of parking lots, and of course, the incredible trees of our city parks.  The moment you step into Central Park for...

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Power

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This week I learned at a seminar about different types of power.  Not nuclear, solar, or coal, but the types of power that people have within organizations.  Pretty interesting stuff. There’s power that comes from the position you hold.  (The president of a board, for...

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