Author Archives: Joy Clough

Portraits of Thanksgiving (retouched)

Note: The following is an update to Portraits of Thanksgiving, published in November 2010. Back in my teens and early twenties, I thought posing for the family Thanksgiving photo was kind of annoying. Just about the time I’d be digging into … Continue reading

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Real life is scary enough

Who needs Halloween this year? Not me! I’ve been wearing a mask and eating candy for months now. And I definitely don’t need to watch any of those special October freak fest movies. I have more than enough reasons for … Continue reading

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April Fools’ amnesty

If ever there was a time to call a moratorium on April Fools’ Day, this would be it. With the pandemic and everything else going on in the world between last April and now, I just don’t need more shock … Continue reading

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Vaccine vigil

(Sung to the tune of “Jolene,” by Dolly Parton) Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccineI’m begging to be part of your next planVaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccinePlease come to me whichever way you can Just pick a town and I’ll be thereI’m ready … Continue reading

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Walking on

Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart and you will never walk alone.— Rodgers and Hammerstein  My Year in Review slideshow was shaping up to be kinda dull. Same Rangeley lake blues and forest greens but, comparatively speaking, the … Continue reading

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Not saying the “C” words

“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything!” my mother would repeat most days during breakfast. Never a morning person, I needed her constant reminders to stop belly aching and just eat so I wouldn’t miss the bus. Mean … Continue reading

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A few of my new COVID things

Anyone who’s lived with me for more than a day knows I can’t carry a tune. And they also know that doesn’t stop me from trying. At the top of my lungs. Because singing makes me happy. Or, better said … Continue reading

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My college to COVID(eo) composite

“Don’t forget, be here this Thursday afternoon for composites!” one of my sorority sisters would announce over dinner each spring. First time I heard it, I had a Hill Street Blues moment, wondering why we needed an appointment with a … Continue reading

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Pandemic proclamations

“Today, I ate a sandwich.” Not exactly an earth-shattering proclamation. Or is it? Really depends on the context. My step-mom, Prudy, once had a friend say that exact sentence to her, and it was the biggest deal either of them … Continue reading

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Slow, slow riders

Ten winters after putting down Rangeley roots—perennial roots deep in the arctic strata formerly known as our summer waterfront—we put down tracks. Serious tracks. Boldly going where we hadn’t dared to snowshoe, ski, or ice shuffle before. Faster than a … Continue reading

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