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THE MEASURE OF A MAN… REPUBLISHED

Republishing a post from the past, and missing a tremendous friend and mentor to so many. =============== At the end of the day, or at the end of our days, what matters most? What are the sensations that most count in life, that most give pleasure? Why do we forget, on a daily basis, that worries and stresses from the ... Read More »

PERFECTLY IMPERFECT

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There’s a photograph that was taken on Monday of my sister and me. We’re sitting on the stern of a vintage 1950s Chris Craft boat and it captures a moment of extreme privilege: a warm, sunny day on Lake George, a boat occupied by some of our nearest and dearest, nothing to do but talk, drink, swim and tan. Sarah ... Read More »

KEEPING YOUR COOL

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Although I was born in British Columbia, Canada I would say that I grew up in the heat of Delaware summers, where the temperatures routinely spiked upwards of 90 and the humidity ensured that everything was soft and limpid by 11 a.m. In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird (do not even get me started on Go Set A ... Read More »

HERE COMES THE BRIDE

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My sister got married on June 27th. Last week, my Facebook feed informed me that she had changed her name from Sarah Bowers to Sarah Ellsworth. There had been some teary-eyed moments preceding Sarah’s wedding, not to mention during the ceremony (apparently, you could hear me sniffling all the way at the back of the church) and afterwards at the ... Read More »

I CAN’T REMEMBER YOUR VOICE…

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The realization was startling. I was watching a fantastic thunderstorm on the west coast of Florida.  When thunderstorms roll through, I look for the best viewing spot, windows that give the widest view possible.  The booms and the flashes of light bring on ooohs and aaahs like a child at the circus.  I am giddy with the show. This love of thunderstorms has a ... Read More »

WIN FOR LIFE

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There are periods in life where you seem to be either IN or OUT of the wedding circuit.  We Cichellos never got invited to weddings when we were kids.  Our parents got invitations, but imagine adding seven hungry children to your guest list.  Too expensive.  The mid to late 20s is an active period for weddings, and for accumulating bridesmaids ... Read More »

ENCHANTED AND ENCHANTING…

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The love affair continues. No, dear, I am not asking for a divorce. I am admitting, however, my ongoing and apparently lifelong love for Madrid. I was able to sneak in a one week visit to Madrid in May, accompanied by my undergraduate partners-in-crime, Nina and Charlie.  I would venture a guess that they, too, continue to be enraptured by ... Read More »

FM *GF* L

Does anyone really enjoy a gluten free life? Seriously.  No more of this? Or this? So get off my gluten free back!  This is not fun! People do this to “lose weight”?  News articles call this a “fad diet”? Harrrrumphhhhh! I am 2 1/2 years gluten free.  (My confessions can be found here and here.)  Why?  After 1.5 days without it, ... Read More »

G(R)ASPING AT MEMORIES

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Change. Exciting.  Terrifying.  Distressing. Unavoidable. If you haven’t met Sierra, then let me tell you that we have perhaps the sweetest yellow lab on the planet.  She came to us through a rescue organization, and has seemed grateful to us ever since.  With this little girl, we never needed the electric fence; she wasn’t leaving our sides.  She never barks ... Read More »

SPRING CLEANING

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It’s that time of year when allergies quickly morph into head colds and then back into allergies, resulting in a lethargic week or so where I haven’t wanted to do much of anything except veg out to one of Anthony Bourdain’s travel and food shows – too sneezy and tired to even really be envious or inspired by his very cool, very ... Read More »

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