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The old green shirt

It’s time has come. Today’s the day. I’ve been putting off this decision for years. For some of us, getting rid of an object becomes exponentially harder with each passing year. Pretending it’s younger doesn’t help. It’s embedded in the psyche. It is Identity. This Bisley shirt was once a dark green corduroy. It started…

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Entice

Sometimes, when you open a new jigsaw, you are greeted with a sense of song. It’s something about the colours, both the solid colour chosen for the back and the variety that is splashed across the front of each piece, all jumbled together in the box. This hadn’t occurred to me until I opened a…

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Ben and Barack

Two books. One read. Can you guess which? The story of Benjamin Franklin It was a radical trip to the book store; one of those outings where I was unlikely to return with something run-of-the-mill because I didn’t need run-of-the-mill that day. I’ve already written about my encounter with Thomas De Quincey’s On Murder Considered as…

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Mindfully Yellow

I noted the irony. While chauffeuring family members to and from their skin cancer checkup, I bought a jigsaw of a dramatic sunset. There was a large table of jigsaws, most sporting a “Buy Three For” sticker, and two of them were the same brand as my recently completed mini jigsaw, “Mindfully Blue”, which I…

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I forgot

I forgot that 2021 was my Year of Remembering. The leaves have fallen, the year half done, and finally it has dawned on me. At the beginning of each year, I usually write something to get things started, usually about the possibilities that the latest theme might bring. But not this year. It could have…

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Two books, intertwined?

I started one, wasn’t getting it so wasn’t getting into it, grabbed another from the shelf, got bored with the repetitiveness, went back to the first and stuck it out. The first choice was very left field, even though it was a Penguin. Its strangeness was grounded in an element of familiarity. It wasn’t the…

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Mindfully Blue

It was a superlative jigsaw. First, the larger-sized pieces allowed for a degree of immersion not possible with smaller pieces. Being only 500, with larger-sized pieces, it could be completed in a day. Second, it was a useful distraction from the carnage in the kitchen where mouse after mouse scurried out from between the cupboard…

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