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.

CLEARING OUT

Last week I began an overwhelming task: clearing out the house of family members who died. They had lived in the same place for 60 years and it seems as if they never threw anything away. I have listened for … Continue reading

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LADYBUG, LADYBUG

Ladybug, ladybug fly away home, Your house is on fire and your children are gone, All except one, And her name is Ann, And she hid under the baking pan. (English rhyme circa 1744) Our house is not on fire, … Continue reading

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Here’s hoping 2018 will be a sane and peaceful year around the world.   The New Yorker has published this list of best fiction of 2017.  Happy Reading! In a year that too often seemed like fiction, my favorite novel … Continue reading

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A CAT’S CHRISTMAS IN CALIFORNIA

For the past several Christmas seasons, this blog has featured our family’s version of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” Though “One Christmas was much like another in those years around the sea town corner” of Marion, Massachusetts, this year we … Continue reading

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COMO SE DICE “QUITTER?”

  Photo by Jon Tyson via Unsplash I’m not a quitter. I’m proud of that, so it was a wrenching decision I made last week (la semana pasada) to quit my Intermediate Spanish class. I agonized about it for weeks, … Continue reading

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Gifts, Christmas and Hanukkah

As Christmas and Hanukkah approach, it’s time to think about gifts. I enjoy buying presents for my granddaughter but finding appropriate presents for the adults in our family is not so easy. Just for fun, I searched the web to … Continue reading

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#METOO 2: MATT LAUER

When the details leading to Matt Lauer’s firing broke a couple of days ago, my first thoughts were with his victims and my second take was, “Did he really think exposing himself was alluring?” This was not a new question. … Continue reading

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WHAT I AM READING

I’m often asked what I’m reading so I thought, on the occasion of giving thanks for what we have, I would list the books on my nightstand. Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins Collins is a former … Continue reading

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Autumn Leaves and Leaving

In the autumn of 1996, Norm appeared at my kitchen door and told me he had come to say “goodbye.” Our family had moved to Connecticut from California six months earlier and Norm was one of my few friends. We … Continue reading

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TECHNOLOGY AND ITS VAGARIES

What do you call an expensive multi-media system that is supposed to work with the push of one button but instead requires three controls per device and a closetful of equipment? I call it the temptation to swing a baseball … Continue reading

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