Monthly Archives: April 2010

Savoring a Sentence

by cheri block Consider this sentence only. Let me give you some context before you do. Before I give you the context, how much time do you have? If you are stopping by for six seconds in hopes of being … Continue reading

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The English according to Emerson

by cheri block I’ve just finished reading Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay (1856) entitled English Traits. Particularly curious (and a bit amusing)  is Chapter VI on Manners. One of my essays this quarter is due next Wednesday, so I am rolling … Continue reading

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A Cup of Tea and a Biscuit (Forbes Squire)

O.K. Here’s a peek at the last main character, Fiona’s husband Forbes. Men, feel free to weigh in. Am I off? Women? Someone you know? by cheri block Forbes Squire 1950 Forbes Squire throttled down his old John Deere Model … Continue reading

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And look what the California Teachers’ Association has wrought…

by cheri block In the March 31st edition of The Economist magazine, Andreas Kluth wrote a piece that warmed my heart. Warmed it like a blow torch. Although the subject of his article is education here in California,the problems the … Continue reading

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A Cup of Tea and a Biscuit (Francois Sabourin)

by cheri block To read Chapters One and Two, click on the link. If you have suggestions or observations, I am open to them. Francois “Roux” Sabourin 1950 Francois Sabourin’s red hair distinguished him from most other people in Yarmouth. … Continue reading

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A Cup of Tea and a Biscuit (Fiona Squire)

by cheri block To read Chapter One, you will need to return to to a previous post. In the future, as the story develops, I will use the picture to the right, taken last summer (2009) outside Annapolis Royal in … Continue reading

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Boreas elbows Zephyr

by cheri block At this moment, ferocious northerly winds are upsetting my clay pots.  Off the porch the adobe meteors fly in random trajectories, carried to the left and right by errant gusts. Broken shards of red pot and pansy … Continue reading

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Butterfly Lovers

by cheri block The sounds of the quail call-calling from under the oaks seemed louder this morning. The abbreviated shrieks of the red-tail hawk returning to her nest secure in our pine tree amplified the woods. Even the rabble-gobble of … Continue reading

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