The Silence of the Crickets

Chirp, chirp, chirrup! Anyone who describes the sound of crickets as “relaxing” or “soothing” or, heaven forbid, “romantic” has very obviously not been to Phoenix in summer! Yeah, yeah, OK, I was once one of those who considered the sounds of crickets on a warm summer evening to be a nostalgic experience, whisking me back…

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A lump of coal…and a warm hearth

Ever had someone threaten to give you that in your stocking? Or perhaps you’ve threatened to give it instead. That’s what my grandparents used to tell us Santa would bring for naughty little boys and girls – nothing but a great, ugly lump of coal. It had special meaning to us. To most kids, the…

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