Category Archives: Alexis Rankin Popik

CAT VIDEOS

Cat videos rule the internet. They are so popular that otherwise sensible people readily admit to enjoying them. As a friend commented yesterday, cat videos lift the spirits. Lately my spirits have needed lifting due to the unrelentingly bad news: … Continue reading

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FAKE NEWS

The term “fake news” has been tossed around daily by the current US president, a master brander, not to mention a purveyor of “alternative facts” from his alternative universe.   Last week the death of Paul Horner, a well known “Fake … Continue reading

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ROSES? WHAT ROSES?

I come from a family that does not “stop to smell the roses.” My parents, brother, sisters and I can best be described as a “Let’s get this done!” family or, at worst, a “Let’s get this over with!” gang. … Continue reading

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AT HOME LEFT AND RIGHT

If you are a regular follower of this blog, you will know that I am changing home base from the Right Coast in New England to Left Coast of California. You will also be aware that this is not easy-peasy. … Continue reading

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WHEN OLD PEOPLE BLOG

Something has gone wrong with one itty bitty piece of the technical chain that beams my blog around the world (yes, truly!) at 4:00 a.m. EST on Mondays. I am assuming you, too, were sent the same blog as last … Continue reading

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MINDFULNESS AND CREATIVITY

NOTE: This post was first published in February 2015. “Mindfulness” is everywhere these days, sometimes in unexpected places. My friend and photography teacher, James Martin, forwarded two excellent, short video conversations with Jay Maisel, the acclaimed photographer. What Maisel said … Continue reading

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CATS AND HURRICANES

How do cats react to hurricanes? Good question. Key West, Florida, in the path of Hurricane Irma, is home to some of the most famous cats in the U.S.—Ernest Hemingway’s polydactyls. Thanks to the kitty-loving British, I can assure you … Continue reading

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LABOR AND LEMONS

Happy Labor Day On this day it is useful to take a few moments to think about those Americans whose labor make our lives better. Though membership in unions has been in the decline, the effects of the unions’ nearly … Continue reading

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BACK TO WHERE I ONCE BELONGED

I used to belong in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’ve gone to college here, given birth to three children, rented, bought and sold houses in a large swath of the East Bay: Berkeley, Oakland, Kensington and Alameda. And now, … Continue reading

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MOTELS, MOOSE AND MOON SHADOWS

Last Friday I embarked on a real adventure—viewing the total eclipse–with part of my family: Bill, my daughter Sara and the fabulous Kamiko, our granddaughter. Here are a few impressions. THE SURPRISES OF ELKO We spent the first night in … Continue reading

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