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I went to my first Superbowl party this weekend, the woman who doesn’t give a rat’s ass about football. It was fun and strange, me wearing a generic orange sweater in a room full of jerseys and true sports fan garb; people who know players and statistics and care about what is happening; people who, […]

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I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving – we must sail, sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor. Oliver Wendell Holmes The post

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  Snow falling this morning, and yesterday, and into tomorrow, too, inch upon inch, each flake a single lively presence, bouncing and skittering down my sleeve, loud enough to hear. More sounds, cars hissing, the scrape of a shovel, the squeak of boots, a goose honking, then three, the creak of their wings in flight

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The truth is humbling, terrifying, and often exhilarating. It blows the doors off the hinges and fills the world with fresh air. Augusten Burroughs   The post Humbling appeared first on Un

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  Moon and sun, and planets in the pre-dawn! Grateful for rising early. Venus, Saturn, Mars, Jupiter, a satellite whizzing. Get up, get dressed, get out. GO! The geese are quiet, Watching the bald eagle in the tree. A companion calls and they are both off, winged acrobats, climbing and falling, flapping and soaring.

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This morning’s walk did not disappoint… The post Eagle Eye appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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To talk well and eloquently is a very great art, but an equally great one is to know the right moment to stop. Wofgang Amadeus Mozart The post Stop appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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A final look at our Pittsburgh house. It was that first glimpse of the fireplace in the living room that made me want it. I was house shopping without the hubster, and he, much to my great wonder, is a rather big J.R.R. Tolkien fan. He’s read all the books, in English and in French, […] The post

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Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. A.A. Milne The post Promise appeared first on Under a Red R

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Missouri to Nebraska, that is, and day two of our glorious drive west. That’s the Mississippi River, running swift and high, high, high. And the view of it? One and the same Samuel Clemens A.K.A. Mark Twain had when he was a boy in Hannibal. How cool is that? Hannibal is a charmer of a […] The post

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Me and my best love, our drive west and the Mini packed tight. We had seven suitcases, three tote bags, one duffel bag, one milk crate, one Vitamix (nestled between us in the arm rest!), one computer monitor, one fire extinguisher, and one gallon of laundry detergent! The heavy burden made our car 10 miles […]

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For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. T.S. Eliot The post Language appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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May the sun bring you new energy by day, may the moon softly restore you by night, may the rain wash away your worries, may the breeze blow new strength into your being, may you walk gently through the world and know it’s beauty all the days of your life. Apache Blessing The post

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Today, this 30th day of December, is our last in Pittsburgh. The house is sold, quiet, and for a short spell, empty. Our car is packed to the gills and ready to roll along home to Colorado. Colorado, where we were born and raised, landlocked anchor to our drifting hearts. When we are far greyer […] The post

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Love, whether newly born or aroused from a deathlike slumber, must always create sunshine, filling the heart so full of radiance, that it overflows upon the outward world. Nathaniel Hawthorne … Merry Christmas! The post Radiance appeared fir

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A hodge podge of photos, a pack of stray cats… The post Stray Cats… appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star… E.E. Cummings The post No Opposite appeared first on

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A slow amble with friends through the Phipps twinkle lights. Singing. Sparkling conversation. Laughter. The air heady with paperwhites and orchids redolent of Christmas itself. Magic! The post Twinkle Lights appeared first on

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It is a miracle if you can find true friends, and it is a miracle if you have enough food to eat, and it is a miracle if you get to spend your days and evenings doing whatever it is you like to do, and the holiday season – like all the other seasons – […] The post

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Working a puzzle of the great city of Philadelphia two nights ago. It’s that time of year! Though we are delinquents who failed to keep in touch, the happy memory of puzzling with our Portland friends, Dan and Kristin, is as bright and clear as yesterday: the four of us huddled over one or the […] The

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There is a wilderness we walk alone, however well-companioned. Stephen Vincent Benet The post Walk appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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Today is my Grandma’s birthday. I am dancing to Motown and baking Biscochitos, some of her favorite cookies, in between great belly laughs at our shared memories and hearty sobs that she is not alive. Since I cannot call her to tell Happy Birthday and am glad she was born, I talk to her in […] The post

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Happy Cyber Monday, peeps! Say hello to my annual Thanksgiving pecan pie, perhaps the most handsome I’ve ever made, and just as tasty, too. That’s me getting ready to push it (in what look like ginormous Doc Martens – I swear I’m a 6.5!) and our other food and beverage contributions down through B

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We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond. Gwendolyn Brooks  … Happy Thanksgiving! The post Bond appeared first on U

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Popped out for a walk the other day and this greeted me on the front steps. I watched for a long time, the slow, deliberate steps, and gave a shout to the hubster to come see. We scooped it up onto a leaf before the mailman had a chance to blindly squish it, and thanked […] The post

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Carousing, in our mild way, on the streets of the South Side. I found a dozen pennies and a couple nickels scattered on the ground, some thoughtful person anticipating my delight, I like to think, that weird woman who will always stop for a coin. To state the obvious, I love the collection of neon […] The po

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I have decided to stick to love. . . hate is too great a burden to bear. Martin Luther King, Jr.   The post Burden appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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All aboard from last weekend’s super fun adventure to the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum! A mere forty minute drive from our place, it was a welcome change from our longer distance travels. The museum is a rather impressive labor of love, with 161 volunteers and five paid staff restoring and maintaining trolleys, trac

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Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth, are never alone or weary of life. Rachel Carson The post Beauties appeared first on Under a Red Roof

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