Category Archives: New England

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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APRIL FOOL’S DAY

Will Spring Ever Come? I am writing this on April Fool’s Day and it is not a joke. Outside our window, it is sleeting. Our deck and lawn are thick with ice. It has been 13 days since the first … Continue reading

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PHOTOS FROM A WEDDING IN MAINE

Last weekend our son Nathaniel (Nate) Popik married Suzanna Elkin at a beach wedding in Stonington, Maine, surrounded by family, friends and the occasional passing lobster boat. As promised, here are some photos from the happy occasion.        

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A WEDDING IN MAINE

I am taking the weekend off to celebrate the marriage of our son, Nate Popik, to Suzanna Elkin. Against all odds, Nate, who was raised in California and Connecticut and settled down in Burlington, Vermont, met Suzanna, who was raised … Continue reading

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GARDENING AND DEPRESSION

Gardening for many people is a cure for depression, a calming and even cheering activity.  That is true for me except towards the end of August, when the angle of light changes,  the echinacea dries out, daylily blooms give way to wrinkly … Continue reading

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PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY

The best thing about great photography is that it tells a story without words. It may set the stage for different stories, but that’s not important. The crucial part is that the photo “says” something for every viewer, something that … Continue reading

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THE HAPPIEST OF NEW YEARS 2016

  Wishing everyone the happiest of New Years! The wonderful news in our family is that Suzanna Elkin and our son, Nate Popik, are getting married in September, guaranteeing that 2016 will be a very good year for our families. … Continue reading

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A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN MARION

Last week, I published a copy of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.”  Now, Kamiko is back in Marion for Christmas, asking me if we can play all the games we did last year (games of which I have no memory), … Continue reading

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Autumn Leaves and Leaving

In the autumn of 1996, Norm appeared at my kitchen door and told me he had come to say “goodbye.” Our family had moved to Connecticut from California six months earlier and Norm was one of my few friends. We … 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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