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  • Swan song

    Swan song

    I write this on my deck in dappled sunlight, in the house in which I’ve lived for almost 18 years. Like many people my age, I’m downsizing for practical and economic reasons, and will soon transition from this small home overlooking a lake to a smaller apartment overlooking a parking lot.

    But don’t feel sorry for me.

  • When the muse mews…or barks

    When the muse mews…or barks

    WRITING CAN BE a very lonely affair, since the very act of having to concentrate on the fiction or non-fiction being created...

    • Oct 27, 2016 11:17 am
  • Peck’s pick

    Peck’s pick

    IN ONE OF my first columns, I wrote about how I’d rescued a baby pigeon who’d fallen out of his nest in Manhattan,...

    • Aug 30, 2016 04:22 pm
  • Park your dog

    Park your dog

    Every parent knows what it’s like when you announce you’re taking your little ones to the park. The excitement and...

    • Mar 1, 2016 11:30 am
  • Bears in the ‘burbs

    Bears in the ‘burbs

    Once upon a time—specifically during the sizzling summer of 2015—there was a mama bear and one, two three, four,...

    • Oct 29, 2015 04:14 pm
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