Category Archives: Notes from the Neighborhood

What goose around, comes around

About 30 years ago, concrete geese started appearing on the porches of the small Ohio town where I grew up, many of them wearing affiliate or seasonal clothing: a Reds baseball jersey, a witch’s hat and cloak for Halloween, etc. … Continue reading

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Migration of the Leafalopes

Not many people realize that leafalopes are ground dwellers only during their migration. In spring and summer, they’re arboreal. Like goldfinches, their color changes in autumn; during their arboreal phase, it ranges from light green through a deep purplish red. … Continue reading

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Scratched, Dented to Order?

This past week a manufacturer of premium made-in-Pennsylvania-when-not-in-made-in-China stainless steel cookware ran a two-day online sale of factory seconds. On Wednesday morning, the second and final day of the sale, I received an email to the effect that many sold-out … Continue reading

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Spring…FINALLY!

Winter went on waaaay longer than necessary around here, with absolutely vicious ice, but finally nice things are beginning to happen outdoors if you remove a compressed pollen season from the equation. The very first Nice Thing of May occurred … Continue reading

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Friday Four

1.     The Christmas Tree is up (a real one) and the angel and lights have been installed. Sometime this weekend I’ll put up the bead garland, and sometime next week, once Older Son arrives for the holidays, the ornaments will … Continue reading

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