Morning meeting on the Mystic River. Joe, far right, hurries off to get the coffee he has, again, forgotten. His colleagues are not impressed.

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Friday short story: I'm all business during the week. I write. I listen to NPR. I read serious fiction. But by Friday afternoon, I need to loosen up. This sometimes starts with a trip to the grocery store - no, not for yogurt and vegetables. My weekend list includes the good stuff: vanilla ice cream, cheeses from France, and red meat. As I cruise through the aisles, my mood is further lightened by the store's musical selection. Wait, is that Ladies' Night by Kool and the Gang?! I am so excited, I immediately start texting the lyrics, as I sing, to the boys. They used to ignore me. But now, occasionally, they text back the next line. Ecstatic, I pull the cart to one side and text the next line back to them. Do you want to try it? It's really easy and it's soooooo fun! Here goes: Just a small town boy born and raised in South Detroit...

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32nd anniversary hike at Devil's Hopyard State Park. After losing our way on the blue trail, somehow connecting with the orange trail, and never finding the white trail, we were delighted to stumble upon the falls. Old guidebook or old hikers?
I’m dreaming of a white Christmas...
Penobscot and Sargent mountains hiked; cocoa latte drunk; lobster pie eaten; Sauvignon Blanc downed - what's left but a Maine B&B fire?
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A Saturday short story:

My main goal for my annual physical is to weigh less than the year before. Shallow? Sure. Yesterday’s exam was scheduled for 1:30 pm, a bad time slot since it’s after lunch. I exercised in the morning, drank a smoothie, and told myself that I was done eating. At this point, I had five hours to lose three pounds.
I went to the doctor’s office at the appointed time and was told there was nothing scheduled for me. And the young woman at reception looked me like I am the right age to mix up my calendar. Because I skipped lunch, I was hangry - but said nothing, even though she could not be more wrong about my grip on my daily schedule.
The next stop was the grocery store. Freed from my self-imposed food restriction, I bee-lined to the deli for some chicken salad. It was gone before I reached the seafood counter at the end of the aisle. Just around the corner, a sausage vendor was handing out free samples. What’s the limit, I asked him. Two apparently.
Bagged food in the back of the car, I headed for the coffee shop, where I got a large cookie with my latte.
And this morning? I walked right by the bathroom scale like I didn’t even care.

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We live in an old, cold house. My first stop after getting out of bed is the coffee pot. My second is my warming station. Here I alternate between sipping coffee and heating my hands on the radiator. It’s a good place to clear early in the day fogginess. Sometimes I think about summer...

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Holiday memories keep me warm on cold days

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Tea time on a snowy Saturday

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A sugar forest!

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I love having a tree in the house

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I’m dreaming of a white Christmas...

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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