Bees in the Lavender

Two weeks ago we lost our beloved cat, Archie. He was elderly by all standards, 19, ancient for a cat. He had been with us since he was 3 months old when we adopted each other and we definitely feel his loss and his absence. I miss his weight in my lap as I read…

4 to 12

Last week as we celebrated Father’s Day it struck me that it has been 48 years since we lost our father to cancer when he was just 55. So much of my life was spent without him that I confess many milestones passed when he did not enter my thoughts nor did I have any…

Flamingos in Mumbai

Unless you have been living in an alternate universe (and if you are, can you let me visit?) you would know that the current global pandemic has pretty much ground human activity to a complete halt all over the world. We are sheltered in place as we weather this beast, staying at home, communicating electronically…

Days of Wine and Quarantine

I read recently that during the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic and subsequent quarantine Ernest Hemingway was quarantined with his wife, their son… and his mistress. Six weeks into our own quarantine, that story made me wonder. How on earth could anyone get through this if they were isolated with a person they were angry with…