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About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.

Chicken lady for life.

We’d been invited to lunch at a lovely club by a lovely couple we barely knew. Hoping to make a good impression, I was actually wearing shoes that weren’t flip flops or sneakers. Nice try. But no. Because as we … Continue reading

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Ah, summer in all its ripeness. July is as spent now as a drunken sailor, and in waltzes August, full of the scent of unfurling gardenias, scarlet runner beans growing to the sky, and ruddy tomatoes, begging to be plucked … Continue reading

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Wild Kingdom.

It had been a typical day. All the usual minutiae with a highlight of a major plumbing crisis under the kitchen sink. Our cocktail reading hour was mercifully upon us at long last and the CE decided the week-old baby … Continue reading

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Be careful what you wish for.

Willa and I had one thing in common. We both wanted baby chicks. Well, at least I thought she did. She’s been glued to the nest for a few weeks, ferociously broody. Ferocious being the operative word here, by the … Continue reading

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One hot mama.

Willa is broody! How do we know? Well, for one thing, she won’t leave the nest. She’s fluffed up like a turkey. And she’s hot and bothered. Literally. When you pick her up, you can feel how warm she is. … Continue reading

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Lettuce give thanks.

I dare you to be unhappy in a garden where sunflowers grow. This year’s garden has been a huge improvement over last year’s first effort. There is a saying, “Garden as though you will live forever”, but the realists among … Continue reading

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I’ve fallen into the late ’60’s and I can’t get up.

I’ve never doubted the power of books to transport the soul. But time travel, that’s something new. A few weeks back I started listening to Sylvie Simmons’ I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen and at about a third … Continue reading

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June in NYC: 5 Takeaways

If all Junes are like this June, then I always want to be here in June! What a gift it has been for us – a second glorious week in the city. Yes, we are dodging the seemingly murderous e-bike … Continue reading

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It was worth waiting for.

Nearly a year since we’ve been back to the city. And, of course, we’ve heard nothing but bad news. Surge upon surge – in virus, in crime, in prices. All this time we’ve held our breath as to how we … Continue reading

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Family Album: You can go home again.

When you lived your entire childhood in the same house in the same sleepy town with the same boring parents, you can’t wait to move several time zones and a myriad of zip codes away. But after finishing college and … Continue reading

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