MICKI COLBECK

It’s a late fall morning and the dogs and I head out for a hike. Rays of sunshine are coming through the clouds and the air is crisp. Who knows how...

Bounding across the frosty pale green early morning fields with two little brown dogs — the LBDs — the girls and I are confused by many of the...

Column: What babies and grandmas share

9/25/21

Pearl S. Buck’s The Good Earth is a powerful book about the importance of staying connected to the land. During hard times, the old grandma slept...

It was once suggested to me that old houses stay cool in the summer because they have not yet completely thawed from winter. Like the old house...

Column: The troglodytes on the porch

7/10/21

For lack of a more suitable place, I hung an earthenware birdhouse — actually, just a hollow clay ball with a hole in it, an artifact from my old...

Column: Of frogs and jumping

6/12/21

Running on our local road with the dogs every morning helps me get a finger on the pulse of how we are feeling today. For months after the shutdown...

My friend and neighbor Randy Coffin, long ago rode the bus from Strafford to New York City to see her future husband, The Reverend Bill, who was...

Column: Love in the time of COVID-19

4/17/21

A year ago, as he finally came to accept that no matter how hard he fought, he was not going to beat this one, Carl looked at me and asked if I...

Luka, my beagle-dachshund, stands on two short, stout out-turned legs atop the snow-covered pile of fruit tree trimmings. Annie, my long-haired mix...

Column: Desire among the ferns

2/13/21

I have been wondering if a story about sex might not ease our worries for a bit. Please forgive my anthropomorphism.One summer’s day when the...

What will become of the dogs adopted in 2020, once we all go back to the workplace? They are now accustomed to numerous walks, snacks, cuddles and...

Have you ever stopped to look closely at what seems to be a pale green forest ogre’s face looking at you from the bark of a tree? Perhaps you...

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