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.

LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE

I just heard the expression “Living Your Best Life” a couple of weeks ago and liked the sound of it—so catchy and original.  It referred to a U.S. senator who is not running for re-election and is therefore “living his … Continue reading

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WORKING ON WORKING OUT

There are as many good reasons for not working out as there are for committing to an exercise regimen.  Among them: It’s fun to laze around in the mornings, read the news, play Words With Friends.  You understand—stop and smell … Continue reading

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MOST OF THE THIRTEEN VIRTUES

When Benjamin Franklin was 20, he drew up a list of 13 Virtues, attributes he believed were worth striving for in order the live a righteous life. Ben Franklin was a genius, but at 20 years old, he was perhaps … Continue reading

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OVER TIME

“Over time…” my dermatologist began last week, and I started to laugh. The good news was that over time, lots of spots and bumps appear that don’t amount to anything. The bad news is that things happen physically over time—or, … Continue reading

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FACEBOOK: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

I have always been a little uneasy about Facebook because it seems to know more about me than I’ve intentionally revealed. At first I joined because I wanted to see what my kids and close friends were up to. This … Continue reading

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QUOTES FOR THE WEEK–MARCH 12, 2018

It’s been one heck of a week in our world, what with deaths of some good people, firings of others, and a wealth of quotes that range from the sublime to the ridiculous. Here are a few that characterized the … Continue reading

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CAT VIDEOS

This isn’t a shameless bid for more subscribers, only a notice that whatever I post about cats gets gazillions more “opens” than any other blog/essay, no matter how well reasoned, thoughtful and incisive. I would love to dish about last … Continue reading

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GARBAGE BRAIN

I often spend the previous week thinking about what I will write for this Monday blog. I take a few notes, look up a couple of sources and let things marinate. By Saturday I have a pretty clear idea of … Continue reading

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TIME AND FRIENDS

Nobody sees a flower—really—it is so small it takes time—we haven’t time—and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time. –Georgia O’Keeffe In the past two weeks I have spent time with old friends and it has … Continue reading

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PHOTOGRAPHERS AND STORYTELLERS

This past weekend I spent three hours with Photographer David Coleman, learning how to tell a story with a photo. Although I have always tried to do that, it is difficult. Coleman, who considers himself a storyteller, made it seem … Continue reading

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