The arrival of the seed catalog signals spring

  I have pretty much given up making New Year’s resolutions. I’m not very good at keeping them, so I wind up feeling guilty and inadequate, which sort of defeats the purpose. But the annual garden resolution is different. That opportunity announces itself each February with the arrival in my mailbox of the dreamy new […]

Hunkering down with gratitude and smelts

I don’t mean to be tedious, but our serial snowstorms last weekend found me feeling, once again, so grateful. Unlike many rural Mainers, Douglas and I live in a warm, weather-tight house within just a few miles of critical conveniences like a grocery store, a gas station and an ambulance service. We have caring neighbors […]

Welcoming a good old dog into our lives

Back in May, after we made the sad decision to say goodbye to our lovely, 16-year-old lab-mix dog, Lucy, Douglas and I agreed to take a break from dog ownership. Although both of us have loved dogs all our lives and welcomed many of them into our respective families, it seemed like a good time […]