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.

GOOD GRIEF

Evidence of grief and loss is all around right now:  on the news, in the streets, even in the air millions of us in the Western U.S. are breathing.  In my Northern California yard, I wipe ashes off the top … Continue reading

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BAD SMELL

From the Archive: “Does this smell bad?” “No, Mom.” “What about this?” “No, Mom.” “Or this?” “Mom, I feel like I’m living with Helen Keller.” Eight years ago I lost my sense of smell. I had had a very bad … Continue reading

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POEM FOR OUR TIME

This lovely poem, passed on to me by my Spanish teacher, is from the Purepecha people of Michoaca’n, Mexico. It was written in the 1500s but strikes me as relevant today, in this unexpected situation in which we find ourselves, … Continue reading

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FINDING JOY

Recently, Janet Compiano Alonso–a friend since 4th grade–sent me the following note about an event that brought joy in her life. And since she has known me since we were nine years old, she calls me Karen–though I am not … Continue reading

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MANSPLAINING

I was driving with a close friend the other day and the subject of protective gloves came up.  I was thinking out loud about when to don gloves to protect my new granddaughter when my friend began to fill me … Continue reading

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FINDING HAPPINESS

I got a catch-up note from an old friend yesterday that got me thinking about happiness. He wrote, “That said, we are great, positive, and enjoying most days with activities we would not have done without Shelter in Place.”  Because … Continue reading

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MOTIVATION LOSS SYNDROME

I just made up the title, “Motivation Loss Syndrome,” and then found that there is a named condition very similar to it:  Abulia.  While this sounds very much like a plant I wanted to buy yesterday at the East Bay … Continue reading

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MASKS AND FINDING HOPE

Kanye WestThis past week a post about Kanye West’s Bipolar Disorder appeared in Instagram Stories under Kim Kardashian’s byline. In it, Kardashian made several important points:  (1) it is complicated and difficult to understand; (2) the pressure and isolation in … Continue reading

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A NEW LIFE

This is not about the new life we are all experiencing due to the Corona Virus Pandemic.  This is about a New Life our family has been graced with during this very difficult time. A few days ago,  Baby T. … Continue reading

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A DAY IN THE DELTA

I spent a day on the San Joaquin Delta’s rivers, sloughs and cuts  this week, exploring the area where I was raised but never appreciated.  My sister Liz and her husband Steve acquired a boat earlier this year for fishing … Continue reading

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