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.

ON THE ROAD WITH BILL AND JIM, PART II

For the second week, we have a “Guest Blogger,” my spouse, Bill Popik. He and Jim Martin–our friend, photography guru and sometime-photo trip guide—embarked on a cross-country trip to photograph parts of the northern United States. This is Bill’s next … Continue reading

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ON THE ROAD WITH BILL AND JIM, Part 1

For the next three weeks, we have a “Guest Blogger,” my spouse, Bill Popik. He and Jim Martin–our friend, photography guru and sometime-photo trip guide—have embarked on a cross-country trip to photograph parts of the northern United States. This is … Continue reading

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LEMON TREE, JONATHAN SWAN & DEATH OF READING

Lemon Tree Of all the blogs I’ve written, I get the most questions about the fate of the Meyer Lemon tree I decided to kill last year. Though I had planned to do away with it, what with all its … Continue reading

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ROMANCE AND MY GARDEN

I tend to romanticize my garden during the winter. In February, looking out my window at the snow, icicles and gray, leafless trees, I dream of my Marion garden with its beautiful Dogwood, Peonies and faithful perennials. I picture myself … Continue reading

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L. Thon C’est Bon!

Our friend Larry Thon died last week. He was killed when a tree fell on him during a severe storm while he was sleeping in his bed. Larry always said that he hoped to die by going to sleep one … Continue reading

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A PERFECT DAY, PART II

In September 2015, I wrote here about “A Perfect Day.” The conclusion was that a perfect day would include remembering to appreciate life’s special moments. Today was one of those days full of happiness. My niece Angela and her boyfriend … Continue reading

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GARDENING IN A SPACE SUIT

My favorite summer pastime is gardening. After the long New England winter, those little buds that peep out of their greenery in June are like old friends I have missed more than I can say. As in all good stories, … Continue reading

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CAN YOU GO HOME AGAIN?

Can a person really “go home again” and what does that mean? Thomas Wolfe’s most famous book title says we can’t. I’m not sure. This week Bill and I went home again to the San Francisco Bay Area where he … Continue reading

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I HEAR VOICES AND THEY’RE IRRITATING

NOTE:  No photo this week.  The downloads and links aren’t working but I wrote this so I’m posting it. I have always felt a kinship with Sylvia, “the easily irritated woman,”  a character invented by Nicole Hollander. I think of … Continue reading

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ARE YOU DREAD FULL?

I dread going to nearly every event on my calendar. Hartford Stage: “Can’t we just skip this play?” Eating out: “Do we have to dress up?” Just about any party: “Will they even notice we’re not there?” I even dread … Continue reading

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