The Scent of Memories

The sweet green scent of string beans! These are the few gathered from my balcony garden, and as I prepared them, that clean smell rose up, taking me back to sitting on my grandma Bunch’s porch snapping beans as a kid. “You better make sure you get all the strings out or you’ll have to […]

Thunderstorms and A Pillow-Cased Cat

For those who chanced to be awake or were awakened last night, here in Berlin there was a not-often-experienced in January weather situation called a thunderstorm. Returning home late (in other cities perhaps, but not especially so here) after midnight I arrived home and being wiser than usual decided to completely turn the computer off, […]

Ring Side Seats: The Alabama April Tornadoes

The city was dark and silent beyond anything it had known in recent history. Even the stars seemed concerned, reluctant to show until early morning hours. With distressing finality, a hum and muffled thump, all electricity had ceased. A gloomy, ominous sky had brooded between gouts of blinding rain, lightening, thunder, and winds so strong […]