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.

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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CLEARING OUT, continued…

Readers of this blog know that I have been cleaning out my in-laws’ house. It is a bittersweet experience. The “bitter” part is the reams of paper and items that haven’t been touched for thirty years but never thrown away. … Continue reading

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You Must Remember This

Some time ago (I can’t remember when) I wrote a blog about Mindfulness. I do remember that one of the people interviewed for an article about the subject said that to be “mindful,” she tells herself what she is doing. … Continue reading

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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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