Monthly Archives: July 2008

Porpoise on My Tail

“Will you walk a little faster?” said a whiting to a snail,“There’s a porpoise close behind us, and he’s treading on my tail.”    —Lewis Carroll, “The Lobster-Quadrille,” Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland I finished my walk about two minutes faster this morning … Continue reading

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Celebrity, Neologisms, and the Weirdness of Dreams

For a number of years I’ve been corresponding fairly regularly, first by mail and now by email, with Gene Owens, a journalist formerly with the (Mobile, Alabama) Press-Register and now semi-retired and living in South Carolina. Gene writes a column … Continue reading

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Between the Lines

This morning while walking I noticed how I was automatically stepping over all the seams and cracks in the pavement, unconsciously shortening or lengthening my stride to do this. Why do we do this? I know why I do it. … Continue reading

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I’ve Been Thinking…

Really I have. Unfortunately, none of the things I’ve been thinking have been worth writing about. Or at least I can’t seem to make them “jell” into a reasonable blog post. Since no one is reading this blog, anyway, I … Continue reading

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Walk/Don’t Walk

Although Fairhope is a small town (population about 15,000), it is not so small that we don’t have traffic signals. Indeed, some residents might say we have too many “stoplights.” We also do a very nice line in tree-shaded, flower-bedecked … Continue reading

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Walking and Agility

“Monday’s child is fair of face / Tuesday’s child is full of grace…” As a child born on Tuesday, I kept hoping someday I would be graceful. By the time I learned that the rhyme referred to spiritual grace, I … Continue reading

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House Plans

One of the benefits of walking (as opposed to running, which my husband does and I might do if my arthritic knees would permit it) is that I am able to observe changes in the neighborhood. Someone has planted new … Continue reading

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