Category Archives: seasonal celebrations

Imbolc, St. Brigit, and More

The prospect of fishbones stuck in my throat,
 robbing me of the ability to breathe,
 with the offending bone growing larger by the second.
This vision sent me to church on St. Blaise’s’ Day with great urgency. It sent me into … Continue reading

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Christmas from Sutri, Italy

  When my daughter lived in Sutri, about 20 miles north of Rome, I visited her over the Christmas holiday, before her children, Lina and Ella, were born.  Townspeople dress up and reenact the story of Jesus’s birth. They use … Continue reading

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The Winter Garden

The last week brought much snow, so carrots and kale are buried. The mushroom logs have stopped bearing, but I have some dried mushrooms saved, and the end of the kale is in the refrigerator.  There’s a very happy inner … Continue reading

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The Cusp of Summer

The sun finally warms us. Rain, fog, and clouds have served their purpose. Wildflowers have turned my lawn into meadow,  an abundance of daisies, iris, buttercups bloom, now that spring violets, lady slipper,  and starflowers have passed. Frogs call to each … Continue reading

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November

    November seems to descend from the heavens, dropping a curtain of longer twilight. November drops the curtain on color and light here in New England.  It’s dark by supper time, and still dark in the morning. The sun slants differently, … Continue reading

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Franklin County Fair Celebrates Harvest

The Franklin County fair is the longest ongoing fair in the United States.  It’s been happening each September since 1848.  This is a peek  inside.  Anyone can enter something that they’ve made or grown, or farm animals they care for. … Continue reading

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“Bless me Father, For I have ….”

Bless me Father,  for I  still have visions of fish bones. The spectacle of fishbones stuck in my throat,
 robbing me or my family of the ability to breathe,
 with the offending bone growing larger by the second.
 This vision … Continue reading

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Burrow into November

Field, forest, and sea sink into longer times of darkness. By late afternoon the sun sends thin slits of light through branches. There is hoar frost each morning. Snakes, worms, bears and frogs all burrow in deeper, as I do … Continue reading

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