Grits and Purls

Spinning yarns about the grit of life

The weather is beautiful. Crisp and clear. A good day for remembering. As I posted a September 11 memorial on our library blog, band rehearsal was just beginning. The melody of  Dona Nobis Pacem, Latin for “grant us peace,” seeped through the block walls. And I thought, “Yes, Lord, please, grant us peace. In our …

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Last Saturday, as I wandered through J.C. Penney, I spied . . . Santa Claus. Well, he looked like a human-sized version of the old elf. He had white hair, a lovely white beard, and a round belly. After all, no one has ever heard of a skinny Santa. I was not the only person who spotted …

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“Dear Nikolas, I want to tell you about your grandfather. . . .” I began writing at Hospice House. The letter is addressed to my sister’s three-year-old son. My sister insists that the boy will remember his grandfather. And maybe, by the grace of God, he will. But memories are limited by knowledge, and a …

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A death is followed by the year of firsts. The first Easter, first Thanksgiving, first Christmas, first birthday, etc., each sadly marked by the loved one’s absence. This week, I had the honor of accompanying a cracker-jack trumpet player in a concerto competition. We performed the 1st movement of the Hummel concerto, which lasts approximately …

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My husband poured a bowl of cereal for breakfast. He shook the box and poured a little more. Finally, he pulled the bag out of the box and inspected the underside. “I don’t think there are any raisins in this raisin bran.” I sang my reply, “Times is hard, times is hard.” You may, or …

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Melancholy. That’s the word I would use to describe yesterday’s mood. No, it was not the weather, the dense clouds, the snow. Well, maybe that explains part of the story, but not all of it. It’s the books. Every library has a “new books” section, a special, prominent shelf where the new books spend their …

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To my chagrin, the days are getting colder. Winter is here, and that means soup weather. So last night, I pulled out my grandmother’s recipe for cheddar-potato soup. It’s delicious and fairly easy to make. The recipe begins, of course, with potatoes, which I distinctly remember selecting, placing in a produce bag, and dropping into …

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