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What’s Wrong with This Picture?

It’s August, and this is a LILAC flower. Not a so-called summer lilac (which is really a buddlia–I have one of those, too) but a plain old May-blooming syringia, one of a half dozen along the property line between our … Continue reading

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Snapdragons in the Sun

Summer is a vase of snapdragons backlit by the morning sun. The show lasts only three or four minutes and is possible only a few days of the year, when the sun rises at a certain angle over the roof … Continue reading

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I Buy a Semicolon for $300

In Traveling Mercies, Anne Lamott quotes a colleague of the Dalai Lama about Things That Go Wrong. ….they believe when a lot of things start going wrong all at once, it is to protect something big and lovely that is … Continue reading

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In Praise of Portable Pumps

Thursday was an interesting day around here. It started raining in the morning, and began to really, really rain in the afternoon. Whole neighborhoods of Milwaukee County were badly flooded, many repeats of last week when hundreds of basements were … Continue reading

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High Summer

It’s HOT in my part of Wisconsin, mid-to high 80s most days. The cicadas are going almost non-stop. Days like this always remind me of the midsummer chapter in Wind in the Willows, with cicadas being the Midwestern equivalent of … Continue reading

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