Susan C. Willett

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Lights! Camera! Jasper!

Lights! Camera! Jasper!

The script called for my daughter’s senior thesis film called for dog that was a “big goofball.” Jasper was perfect for the part.

By December 19, 2011 Read More →
Sticks Together

Sticks Together

What is it about sticks? It seems everybody likes them. Dogs like ’em of course. Jasper and Lilah, sticking together. Pun intended. But people have been known to play with sticks as well. When my daughter Corinne was little, she had a pet stick. To anyone who has young children, it would come as no […]

By November 14, 2011 Read More →
Snow. Fall.

Snow. Fall.

The snowstorm nor’easter that slammed the east coast on October 29 wreaked havoc in our neck of the woods.  At the time, trees still had their leaves; many of which hadn’t even begun to color, let alone drop. The leaves caught the heavy snow like cupped hands, and the overburdened branches bent and then broke […]

By November 10, 2011 Read More →
Snow Kidding

Snow Kidding

I don’t think anyone really believed it was going to happen.  Flurries aren’t unheard of in October, but a full-fledged snow storm? With actual accumulations and snow sticking to the streets? Hardly likely.  I don’t think I’m alone this year in my irritation about the Christmas decorations that already started crowding out the Halloween candy […]

By November 3, 2011 Read More →
Drop on by

Drop on by

We live on the first ridge of the Watchung Mountains. Of course the Watchungs are New Jersey versions of mountains, which means, really, nothing more than large pointy hills. And one would think, if you live on the top of a mountain (or a large, pointy New Jersey hill), that one wouldn’t have problems with […]

By October 27, 2011 Read More →
Hum along with me

Hum along with me

They are tiny, irredescent acrobats. Their smallness inspires the casual observer to think “adorable” and “delicate.” But they are bellicose warriors of the sky, extremely territorial, and capable of putting on an aeronautic display to rival the dogfights of World War II pilots. A juvenile hummingbird flies past a butterfly bush. Hummingbirds are incredible creatures, […]

By October 19, 2011 Read More →
Vocabulary Lesson #3: Dogs, N through Z

Vocabulary Lesson #3: Dogs, N through Z

There’s something about having dogs around the house that encourages one to make up words. Here are just some of ours.

By October 13, 2011 Read More →
Vocabulary Lesson #2: Dogs, A through M

Vocabulary Lesson #2: Dogs, A through M

Admit it, you have many pet names for your pets. We have an entire dictionary.

By October 4, 2011 Read More →
It’s Not All Butterflies and Rainbows

It’s Not All Butterflies and Rainbows

A few weeks back, my post featured butterflies, those soaring flowers of the sky. Gorgeous creatures, all. But I have many other visitors to my yard and garden, who might not have the glitz and glory of those pretty insects. Below are some other garden guests, including some butterflies who were late arrivals this summer, […]

By September 28, 2011 Read More →
Twinkle: the Devilish Dog of My Childhood

Twinkle: the Devilish Dog of My Childhood

Twinkle The first dog I shared my life with was a beagle poodle mix, back before there were such things as designer mutts. Her fur was mostly black, with single white hairs stippled throughout. Kind of a salt-and-pepper look, though mostly pepper. She had a beagle-shaped body, with wavy not-quite curly poodle fur, and a […]

By September 20, 2011 Read More →