You’ve heard of a ‘shaggy dog story;’ – well, here is a ‘shaggy raccoon’ story

From the Belfry August 29, 2014 1 Comment

by Janet Gilmore I’m a city girl. Because there weren’t any woodland creatures where I grew up, I assumed that most animals were either animated, like Bambi and Thumper, or stuffed, like the ones in the dusty dioramas at the Academy of Natural Sciences. So I was surprised as a grown-up when I looked out […]
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To find the key to Janet’s heart, look in the sand dune

From the Belfry July 17, 2014 0 Comments

by Janet Gilmore “You can’t retrace your steps.” — Gertrude Stein “We’ll have to retrace our steps.” — Hugh Gilmore Family vacation. “Mom, did you pack my headphones?” “I sure did, Andrew. They’re in the blue canvas bag under your feet,” I said. Back when we were school teachers, summer found us on the way […]
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Prescription for disaster: leave car unlocked on Hill

From the Belfry July 11, 2014 0 Comments

by Janet Gilmore Long ago, in circumstances best forgotten, I side-swiped a basketball pole and crumpled the driver’s side door of my beloved 1980 Toyota Tercel. I couldn’t open the door without a loud metallic SQUAWK, and I couldn’t lock it at all from inside or out. Not a problem. I entered and exited on […]
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How can Janet pay bills without that extra $1 million?

From the Belfry May 16, 2014 0 Comments

by Janet Gilmore Some people spend their time doing hard mental challenges, like the New York Times Crossword puzzle, Sudoku or Rubik’s Cube. Because I’m old and wise; I know those are all invented by sadistic fiends and are impossible to solve, so why waste my time? I choose to focus instead on the Acme […]
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You won’t get an icy reception at the hotel – No power? It’s snow joke; check into Chestnut Hill Hotel

From the Belfry March 6, 2014 0 Comments

by Janet Gilmore “I bought one of the little glass ball things with the snow in it. You turn it upside down, then you turn it back and it starts snowing? I bought one. Except the one I have has a little plough in it that comes out and does the roads.” — Steven Wright, […]
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Want to make Janet happy? Sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to her

From the Belfry January 24, 2014 0 Comments

by Janet Gilmore I was so depressed last month when I woke up on my birthday. I lay in bed trying to figure out why. The weather people had been yelling about snow for days, and it was due on Dec. 14, which happens to be my birthday. My sadness went way down deep beyond […]
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Married by hairdresser; it was all downhill after that

From the Belfry December 20, 2013 0 Comments

by Janet Gilmore The winter solstice, coming this weekend, means the days will be getting longer. I don’t mind winter, but I really mind the sun setting at 4:30 in the afternoon. The solstice is also our wedding anniversary (Dec. 21, 1985, to be exact). Yes, we got married on the longest night of the […]
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Making sure no misdeeds occur during Hill House Tour

From the Belfry December 13, 2013 0 Comments

by Janet Gilmore There I was on Saturday, Dec. 7, in a Chestnut Hill House Tour house close to our own. It was enormous, beautiful and decorated to the point where there was no room to set anything down on any horizontal surface. Even the birdbath was filled with Christmas balls. The owner was home […]
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