Category Archives: Alexis Rankin Popik

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS & GRAMMAR QUEENS

Thirteen years of Catholic schools may not have done all my parents hoped, but they sure did turn me into a Grammar Queen.  No, there weren’t any Grammar Kings in my school.  The boys didn’t catch up until later when, in real … Continue reading

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Superbloom, Kondo-ing and Recycling: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

The past week was an interesting mix of The Good (Superbloom), The Bad (Kondo-ing  by clearing out more accumulated STUFF) and The Ugly (learning that China is no longer taking any U.S. trash). THE GOOD California’s unusual weather has yielded a … Continue reading

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WHEN LOVE DIES

Bibi and Poldi have split up after more than 90 years of “marriage.” The sad news of the breakup of two Galapagos Tortoises, reported here, made my sister Liz and me howl with laughter. What happens when love dies?   If you’re … Continue reading

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ROAD TRIP!

I like road trips in the U.S.   It’s fun to see new places, visit old friends and learn about life in different parts of the country.  Earlier this month my husband and I traveled to Tucson to visit our friends Judy and … Continue reading

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AT HOME IN VIETNAM

Home…is where the heart is. (Pliny the Elder)h Home…is the nicest word there is.  (Laura Ingalls Wilder) There’s no place like…home. (Dorothy of Oz) Okay, so I fudged a little on the last quote.  Home and feeling at home are often on … Continue reading

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SAYING GOODBYE

My friend Norm Benjamin died last week. I didn’t get to say goodbye to him.  He was one of the first people I met when we moved to Simsbury, Connecticut 22 years ago.  Norm was a husband, father, church sexton, owner of … Continue reading

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You Must Remember This

I have an increased risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. This doesn’t mean I am certain to get it, but my risk is greater than that of most people.  My father had significant memory loss and, when he died at age 88, had … Continue reading

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BAD MOM, CHRISTMAS VERSION

Are you a BAD MOM if you let your kids watch The Ladies Man on Christmas Eve? I’m afraid I may be, at least by local standards. Our family’s move from loosey goosey California to traditional New England twenty years … Continue reading

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CUTE ANIMAL VIDEOS

Friends are always sending me links to cute animal videos.  I am quite aware of all the time it is possible to waste in a day, so I try to avoid watching them before I sit down to write.  Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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FEAR AND COURAGE

  For several years I have been afraid of water and therefore seldom mustered the courage to snorkel, even while wearing a life vest.  When our kids were little, I would sit on the sand of some vacation spot and … Continue reading

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