Quest for Quince

If you’re hankering for quince jelly this Thanksgiving (and who isn’t?)  run, don’t walk, to the nearest Western Beef.

Western Beef is a grocery store, in case you didn’t know. It’s full of delicacies from around the [Third] world. Look for it on the wrong side of the tracks. No, really.

Here in Nassau  County Long Island, […]

What Cats Really Think

“See? See? Those damn Twilight vampires aren’t the only ones who sparkle in the daylight.”

“It’s not so bad being between a rock and a hard place as long as you have a nice big butt for a cushion.”

“In the future, every cat will be famous for fifteen minutes on YouTube.”

“I’m only coming to your Thanksgiving dinner […]

Listening Is An Act of Love.

When you live in a 100-year old house, there are things that go Boom in the night REAL LOUD.

Most recently, what went BOOM was a 50-year old shower door, and it had heaved itself right off the wall. Poor, tired, 100-year old walls can’t fight a suicidal shower door.

So Top Cat got to demolish the old […]

From When I Lived Closer to the Ground.

You might recognize these elements from the June chapter of When Wanderers Cease to Roam. In my book, June is a month in flight — lots of birds and insects on my mind, floating in air as thick as the honey smells of Summer.

But June is also for remembering when you lived closer to the […]

Me To The Rescue.

Yesterday I drove across the Whitestone Bridge today to go to my favorite thrift shop In. The. World. It’s in Westchester, my old hometown.

Here are some of the things that I considered buying, but didn’t: 1950s novels with their original dust jackets:

I already have too many books. But oh, how I love love love those […]

Who Doesn’t Love a Pumpkin?

A squirrel loves a pumpkin.

Baby pumpkins love a pumpkin.  [All photos were taken Nov. 11, a warmish day that was just right for walking around the neighborhood peeping at pumpkins.]

Afternoon sunlight loves a pumpkin, or two, or four.

Pumpkins waiting for the mailman love a pumpkin.

Zombies love a pumpkin. Pumpkin innards remind them of human brains.

Peek-a-Boo pumpkins […]

November in a nutshell

November 1:  I’m excited about Fall, and ambitious. I’ll paint the most complicated leaves I can find.

November 7:   Ooooooo.  The first REDS.  There’s a leaf from the Japanese maple in the front yard in there, which has just turned from dull maroon into brilliant vivid crimson.

November 17:  Here’s how I learn all about BROWN, and […]

The truth about Long Island

My awesome weekend (con’t): Day Two, Saturday, Oct. 31

Here’s the most crucial thing you need to know about Long Island: the North Shore is New England, and the South Shore is New Jersey. Culturally, socially, and mall-wise; when you’re looking for a place to pimp your car, you head for the South Shore. When you’re […]