Author Archives: Alexis

About Alexis

Alexis Rankin Popik, author of Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate, is an award-winning short story writer whose work has appeared in The Berkshire Review and Potpourri Magazine. She has penned numerous articles about local history that have been published in Connecticut Explored and the University of Connecticut School of Law and The Hartford Seminary publications. A former union organizer, Popik traveled the country educating shipyard workers about health and safety and founded a labor-management health plan before turning to writing fiction full-time. She lives with her husband in New England.

FEAR AND HAPPINESS

“What I Fear Most” is the homework (tarea) essay in my Spanish Conversation Group this week. I have been brooding about this for a few days and realize that I try not to think about my fears.  Focusing on fear doesn’t … Continue reading

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SORRY, MARIE KONDO!

Well, Marie Kondo, I’ll tell you what I was thinking:  “Hey!  This could come in handy!”  Did these weird items  meet your basic criteria—that is, did they “spark joy” in me?  Yes, as a matter of fact they did! The cat hair remover sparked joy … Continue reading

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Poem: A writer’s lament during the holidays — Musings, Magic, San Miguel and More

Note: This hilarious “poem” is by my friend Robert Hawkins, who perfectly captures what I go through in the days before I post my weekly blog. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Alexis That moment when … Continue reading

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EMINENT VS. IMMINENT

With the news of the past week even more scary and depressing than what has become normal, I find myself focusing on what I know much more about than the very complicated crisis in the Middle East:  the English language.  Words matter.  Thus, … Continue reading

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RESOLUTIONS 2020 AND OTHER B.S.

 Every New Year, I make resolutions that I seldom keep.  This year the resolution I hope will succeed is to stop swearing.  The problem is, I enjoy swearing.  It’s a small and satisfying way to let off steam.  I would like to think it … Continue reading

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A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN MARION

From the archive….December 2015.  (I think it’s time for A Child’s Christmas in Oakland.) Last week, I published a copy of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.”  Now, Kamiko is back in Marion for Christmas, asking me if we can play … Continue reading

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NO MALARKEY!

“No Malarkey!” and no fear, Dear Reader, that this week’s blog is political.  Instead, Joe Biden’s new campaign slogan got me thinking about how much words matter.  If a candidate is looking for young voters, “No Malarkey” is a slogan that isn’t … Continue reading

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2019

Meet “The Limper,” a turkey who lives in the woods behind our former abode in Hartford, CT. Despite a hinky leg, he has survived year after year, avoiding coyotes, bobcats, and whatever other predators lurk in the bushes. Here in … Continue reading

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AGING

Aging:  as the saying goes, “It beats the alternative.”  I have searched the internet for the origins of this cliché and there is no definitive answer but lots of suggestions.  You could say the same about the benefits of aging:  there is no definitive … Continue reading

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WHAT I’M READING

I have been reading more than usual these past few weeks while my shoulder and arm are healing. It has been such a pleasure to lie around, guilt free, and catch up with some favorite authors.  Here’s last week’s list: THE DUTCH … Continue reading

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