Holding 9/11 Victims in the Light

Yesterday I posted about my memories of September 11, 2001. Last night, I realized that from our house we could see the beam of blue light that has been shining up from the Pentagon in remembrance of the lives lost there that day. From a friend’s house nearby, we could not only see the towerContinue reading “Holding 9/11 Victims in the Light”

Twenty Years

I posted these memories a year ago, near the nineteenth anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001. It was called “Nineteen Years” then. I’m updating it for today, the twentieth anniversary of that terrible day. I was five months pregnant and in bed that morning nineteen years ago, thinking about getting up to packContinue reading “Twenty Years”

Farewell to Cornwall in October

I was so looking forward to our trip to the United Kingdom in October. We’d planned to spend time in Cornwall and other points in the southwestern corner of England, as well as taking a day trip into Wales. We were planning to stay in the house that’s used as Doc Martin’s home and surgeryContinue reading “Farewell to Cornwall in October”

Ida’s Last Stand

The remnants of Hurricane Ida reached us today. We’ve had bouts of heavy rain and wind, alternating with periods of moderate rain and even some of no rain at all. We’ve been under a tornado watch for much of the day, but the only actual tornado warnings are fairly far from here. The creek acrossContinue reading “Ida’s Last Stand”

Grateful for Minor Annoyances

If it’s not one thing, it’s another. I went down to the basement this afternoon and discovered that the air conditioner was leaking onto the floor. Nothing was damaged. Part of the concrete floor and a doormat-sized rug were wet; that’s all. I photographed it and sent a picture to my husband, who said heContinue reading “Grateful for Minor Annoyances”

Peaches and Politics

I spent two hours in the blazing sun today, sitting at a table for the Alexandria Democratic Committee to hand out voter registration forms and other information about November’s election. We’re a politically savvy neighborhood, so we generally find that almost everyone we speak with is already registered — but there are always a fewContinue reading “Peaches and Politics”

Willful Ignorance

Ever since the Covid-19 vaccine became widely available in the United States, a large minority of those who are eligible have been refusing to get vaccinated. Many claim they don’t want the vaccination because it has not been approved by the FDA, and thus is an experimental drug. Of course, it was approved all along,Continue reading “Willful Ignorance”