Category Archives: Life

“She has the most sand of any girl I know…”

by cheri sabraw In Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Huck says of Mary Jane Wilks, a 19-year-old girl he meets and admires and who, along with her sisters, is the object of a failed scam by the Duke and … Continue reading

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The European Onion

by cheri sabraw In psychological parlance, an onion is a metaphor for the subconscious, a place that often needs to be peeled back, layer after layer, in order to get to a problem. In most cases, the problem has rested … Continue reading

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The Honeysuckle Jasmine of it All

by cheri sabraw I took this photo last May while visiting Charleston, South Carolina. This grand Percheron, tasked with pulling a carriage load of tourists, stopped for a bite of tender shoots. He was doing something he shouldn’t–leaning in, off … Continue reading

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A first world problem

by cheri Three days ago, on the 23rd of this month, I marked my day by dredging up the banal fact that it has been eight weeks since our kitchen and family rooms were “demoed” and the Judge and I … Continue reading

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Thy Will be Done

by cheri sabraw One of my most memorable dogs was Maggie, a gorgeous liver and white Springer Spaniel who coped patiently with my typewriter, my stacks of uncorrected essays written in awful cursive or those typed on thin paper with … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to me

by cheri Today is my birthday. I am very grateful to have reached older age in pretty good shape and with an optimistic demeanor. In honor of my birthday, I am posting several of my favorite photos.  

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Blue

by cheri I’m taking a break from trying to dress up my new “garage” kitchen, which the Honorable Honor and I are now sharing with a yellow Labrador, her hairy and stinky bed, the cars, two refrigerators, box cutters, and … Continue reading

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A Giant Loses a Limb

by cheri sabraw We were lying in bed yesterday morning, listening to the delightful sounds of a morning coming to consciousness: Turkeys stepping through dry leaves, finches singing to their mates, blue jays squawking at will and the 6:30 am … Continue reading

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Edna Mode

by Cheri E. Mode My new, young dental hygienist told my brother, the dentist, that I scared her. I was, well, shocked beyond shocked. OMG. A kind, funny, focused person like me–petite, interested, interesting, conversant, curious, and focused (did I … Continue reading

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The Disappointment Gene

  by cheri sabraw I’ve written about certain genetic mutations in my family which have manifest themselves in dramatic behavior rather than in physical maladies. You may remember that my Grandmother Rosalie (1900-1992 A.D.) passed down FFN Syndrome to me. … Continue reading

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