Author Archives: Pat Greene

Everyone has 9/11 stories. How did you find out about the attack? Did you see the towers fall? Did you know anyone who died? I too have a story – less important than many. I didn’t lose anyone. My mother-in-law … Continue reading

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Truth in music

I was listening to my “Going Places” playlist (all songs with names of places in them, as well as those involving transit) and I came upon the song “Banana Republics” (original by Steve Goodman, cover by Jimmy Buffet). One line … Continue reading

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The obligatory Summer Olympics post.

Every two years I lose two weeks of my life, as the Olympics comes to my room. A dozen-odd thoughts about the Summer Games: I use the term “stick the landing” when discussing matters other than gymnastics. I get cranky … Continue reading

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Leave her alone.

[Spoiler Alert: If you are not following the Olympics in real time, and want to be surprised, DON’T READ this. Go off and watch the replays of Tom Daly and Matty Lee winning the men’s 10-meter platform synchronized diving event. … Continue reading

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I have stashed a bag underneath a coffee table at the edge of the dining area. (Like many modern plan houses, we have a combined dining and living area.) Inside I have a colored pencil set, originally 72 colors, but … Continue reading

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Losing the world.

Happy day after Earth Day, 2021. The earth has been slapping us around the past year: drought, hurricanes, blizzards, pandemic. Every time you turn around you see yet another natural disaster barreling down on a usually unprepared populace. That doesn’t … Continue reading

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It’s that month again.

 April is the cruellest month, breedingLilacs out of the dead land, mixingMemory and desire, stirringDull roots with spring rain. T.S. Eliot, “The Wasteland” I turned sixty on Saturday (I am determined not to lie about my age). Just another depressing … Continue reading

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Deliver us from evil?

Last Sunday, I watched the livestream of the Easter service from San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral. The recital of the Lord’s Prayer brought me up short. I have always mentally heard the prayer as asking the Lord to “lead us not … Continue reading

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Words matter.

CW: Sexual Assault, Rape In the March 31, 2021 New York Times, Marta Blue had a moving article about the unwanted touch that women are subject to through their lives. She wrote an interesting piece discussing the boundaries of consent … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Kid.

Twenty-seven years ago, Railfan came into my life. It’s not always been easy, but I would not wish it any other way.

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Thank you, I’ll be here all week.

During the course of this epidemic, our family has begun to create that which before we would have simply bought. We don’t sew our own clothes, but we do cook our own pizza and bake our own bread and… brew … Continue reading

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My most vivid memories from travel, both good and bad. (I have previously written about some of them.) In no particular order: The feel of a baby sea turtle in my hand as I helped him to the ocean (Cumberland … Continue reading

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That’s one blessing counted.

I find myself struggling. The stress of the ongoing pandemic, and the knowledge that until everyone in the household gets completely vaccinated I am not going anywhere (we agreed on this as a family), gets to me. Having a relatively … Continue reading

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Aliens, and the rapture that didn’t happen, and Q-Anon.

I caught Cocoon on FXM the other day. I only saw about the last hour of the movie, but it nonetheless brought back waves of nostalgia. For those who don’t remember Cocoon, it concerned a group of St. Petersburg, Florida nursing home residents who discover … Continue reading

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Scones for Brunch

This recipe belongs to Ree Drummond (“The Pioneer Woman” on Food Network). I am duplicating it here because I am changing the measurements to make 12 scones instead of 8, and adding cherries. Chocolate Chip Scones 3 3/4 cups baking … Continue reading

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