Reading, Writing & Chocolate

August 15, 2018

As I was driving north on Route 123 toward the traffic light, my peripheral vision caught an unexpected sight on my right. A set of freshly constructed wooden stairs and handrails had magically appeared, seemingly overnight, leading into the woods. How delightful! My imagination conjured up a ...

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I am enjoying my summer so far. Walking every morning with my neighbor, reading a ton of new books, teaching summer writing classes, and eating chocolate ice cream has been very relaxing. But now that August is here, I’m thinking about planning a mini-vacation to a destination that sounds fun. I ...

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In a perfect world, I would like to know what will happen in the future. I could be prepared and make plans accordingly. But since I do not read my daily horoscope or visit psychics, I have decided to predict my future according to the activities of the chipmunks in my backyard. Why not? Every ...

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As a young child, I was quite the outgoing chatterbox. On an airplane trip to visit grandma in Florida, I asked a man across the aisle if I could have his chocolate cupcake. He was in a tough spot, how do you say no to a cute curly haired little girl? He graciously handed over his cupcake, as my ...

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I have a short name. One syllable, three letters. Easy to pronounce. My mother chose my name specifically because she did not like names that can be shortened into nicknames. My mother’s name is Sandra. And she was mightily offended whenever anyone called her Sandy. My mom associated the name Sandy ...

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Recently, I enjoyed teaching a one-week creative writing camp for teens at Katonah Art Center. For three hours each afternoon, six middle and high school students joined me to learn new ways to discover story inspiration, create unique characters, and explore writing in different genres of fiction.

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I watched a segment on the evening news about “stretchy” ice cream being made in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Based on an ancient Middle Eastern ice cream, the dense, creamy taffy-like texture is the result of adding ground orchid root and mastic (a tree resin) to the ingredients. It’s fun to try new ...

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Three times a week at 9 p.m. I take a trip to eastern North Carolina. Actually, I watch the TV cooking show, “A Chef’s Life,” on Create TV. The half-hour program chronicles the life of chef Vivian Howard at her farm-to-table restaurant, Chef and the Farmer, in Kinston, N.C. According to the ...

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Walking is my favorite mode of transportation. It is also my preferred form of exercise, meditation, stress reduction and idea generation. In middle school and high school, I walked and talked with my friends, Irene, Alexandra and Charles. We covered miles and miles around our neighborhood and ...

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We always want to inherit the best traits from our parents. I inherited the gardening gene from my dad. We both like to cook and watch cooking shows. He is very patient and can find humor in even the most difficult situations. My dad taught me how to ride a bicycle and drive a car (“Don’t use ...

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As the end of the school year approaches, we think of graduations and moving up ceremonies. We think of parties and summer vacation plans. Take a few minutes and think about the teachers in your life. I can remember the names of all of my elementary school teachers. My second-grade teacher, Miss ...

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The other morning I was having trouble sending an email from my laptop so I called my email provider’s tech support. After repeating all of my security words and listening to five minutes of recorded music, a tech support guy named Alex offered assistance. As we went through the steps of installing ...

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I love a challenge. I like to challenge myself to try new experiences. Bungee jumping from a hot air balloon? Check! Parasailing in Mexico? Check! Walking across the Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina? Check! You get the idea. My introduction to vegetable ...

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I save my old concert T-shirts. They are clean and folded in the bottom drawer of my dresser. I don’t wear them anymore. They’re thin and faded now. I’m not sure what kind of a fashion statement it would make to wear those washed-out U2 or INXS T-shirts displaying the cities the bands played in ...

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I’m afraid to take a sip of water. I keep reading about chemicals in the tap water, plastic particles in the bottled water, lead in the pipes, and pesticides leaching into the well water underground. I thought about placing a bucket outside to collect the rainwater but who knows what toxins a ...

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I’m the only one paying the bills around here but there seems to be a lot of uninvited guests making themselves at home inside and outside of my domicile. I love nature. Living in Lewisboro, I am surrounded by trees and grass. It is a pleasure to wake up in the morning and hear birds singing. I ...

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I was the kid who always looked forward to seeing the mailman walk up the front steps. I loved writing letters. Writing letters was the next best thing to writing stories, which I did for my own entertainment and proudly stapled together into little “books” starting at age 5. I met my pen pals on ...

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Do you know anyone with a collection of butterfly jewelry or a kitchen filled with rooster knick-knacks? Many childhood collections begin with a favorite stuffed animal. Sometimes growing up with cats or dogs as family pets is the start to a lifetime of collecting decorative feline- or ...

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The three things I need in my life on a daily basis are reading, writing and chocolate. So when my friend, Pat, presented me with a bakery box of the most scrumptious, delectable chocolate pastries from Sweet Delites Pastry Shop in Somers for my recent birthday, my day was complete! The ...

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