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Three or four days of genuine Winter had caused modest consternation in the garden. The Lavender and the Pineberries had relocated to the front porch, where the brick wall, soaking up sun during the afternoon, could then release the necessary warmth during the frigid nights. In the evening, the pots and boxes were gently tucked in, every care being taken to secure their safety until the temperature had risen in the morning to above freezing.

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“Your Sweetness Is My Weakness”

The Pineberries appeared to have enjoyed all the attention. They began producing fat berries, flourishing as the weather warmed. Hitty Hedydd thought it prudent to document this fruity phenomenon before the Mockingbirds, never ones to miss an opportunity, took advantage of this January surprise.

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Luke 2:14

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We all have those peas in our lives…sometimes we are the pea.

Throughout the year, Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth is knit during particular sporting events, when The Knitter can hardly excuse herself for sitting in front of The Box without something to occupy her hands…but not something that requires a great deal of thought or talent. Later in the year, every Christmas stocking beyond the immediate household is stuffed with those same dubiously handy dishcloths, both as a genuine gift and a poke in the ribs.

But before the stuffing of stocking or the mailing of boxes this Season,  Hitty Hedydd declared that the DD’s (Dratted Dishcloths) should be put to good, illustrative use in a Fairy Tale for a Kinder World.

 

For over thirty years, Thanksgiving dinner had included stuffing made with tart apples, tangy onions and spicy sausage. Delicious! However, it began as a unilateral decision, becoming worthy of the vote only as children grew of an age to have an opinion. There had only been one dissenting vote in those decades. One solitary voice asking for redress of this culinary grievance. Appeals to equality of culture went unheard. There was no debate. Nor was there cornbread dressing.

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Cornbread in a cast iron skillet

2016 has been a most unusual year in politics, and the politics of this Thanksgiving were no different. The majority would not rule! With her usual firm sense of self, Snip didn’t bother with a recount. Didn’t bother with a count at all, but plunged into the work with an unexpected zeal. She produced a deep, golden, whole-grained cornbread in preparation for the Redressing of the Dressing. Justice is served.

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A ramble in the woods

Forever Wild Trails, Dothan, Alabama

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Hitty Thisbe took Yorick out for a special treat on Saturday. In truth, it was a special treat for the entire family. The Montgomery Museum of Fine Art and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival hosted a celebration featuring the First Folio, on loan from the Folger Shakespeare Library, and a performance of “Gravedigger’s Tale”, a re-telling of Hamlet from a rather different point of view.

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Yorick couldn’t wait to hear the gravedigger’s down-to-earth perspective on the Prince of Denmark.

It was exciting to see the interest in the First Folio. Exciting, naturally, to see the Bard’s words revealed in the folio, knowing so many could have been lost without it’s printing. The Gravedigger, with help from the audience, spun his tale delightfully. It was difficult for Yorick to give him a standing ovation, but the thought was there. The day ended back in the garden with “No Holds Bard”, presented by Theatre AUM – sprightly performances by young actors, others young-at-heart, in celebration of Shakespeare.

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Montgomery Museum of Fine Art

First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare

Gravedigger’s Tale

Theatre AUM

 

A quick trip to Orange Beach on Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast gave Hitty Taffenous an opportunity let the sand run over the tops of her black boots – sigh, no toes – while collecting seashells.

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And after walking the beach and skipping through the waves, as well as one can skip through the waves being a pegged wooden doll, relaxing as the sun sets was the perfect end to the day.

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