Author Archives: Joy Clough

Permanently de-pressed


“What’s that?” I had to ask Helen recently. I was staying in her guest room where, to my untrained eye, something resembling a coat rack stood in the corner atop a super sleek upright vacuum. Her initial response was probably … Continue reading

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The signature of summer in Rangeley


“Write something that captures this,” Tom urged, taking a deep cleansing breath and waving his palms skyward. It was that turning point last year in May when we were pretty sure winter was gone, when the breeze lifting the last of the … Continue reading

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Talking about Toby


I knew this time would come. I knew it a few months ago when I taped Christmas bows on Toby’s crate and made him Facebook famous for recovering from surgery “at the Bemis Mountain Home for Aged Beagles.” I knew … Continue reading

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Codifying my blessings


Codify (verb): To organize or collect together (laws, rules, procedures, etc.) into a system or code. Used in a sentence: “Sometime after the age of 50, Joy learned to count and codify her blessings.” When it comes to writing stuff … Continue reading

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Having my moments


Somewhere between the shrimp cassoulet, the lobster mac ‘n cheese, and the “perfect pairing” wine, it  happened. I had a moment. I stopped, looked up from the mounds of “I can have turkey any day” stuff I’d loaded onto my plate, and saw Helen … Continue reading

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A 9/11 prayer


For my friend Edie Lutnick, and for all of us, here is how I am remembering: Today, I will put my hand on my heart and know the loss and healing that connects us all. Today, I will pause in … Continue reading

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A day for Dada cookers, homemade Hallmarks, and lakeside legends


Today is Father’s Day and the first day of summer, or so says the calendar. Our Rangeley weather, on the other hand, just isn’t buying it. With every downpour, it says “Go hug Dad. Don’t wait to tell him how special he is. … Continue reading

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Beware the packin’ kraken!


Kraken (kra-khun): Noun — A legendary sea monster that, when provoked, is believed to have devoured helpless voyagers. Just when I think it’s safe to get back on a plane, to venture away from mud season in Rangeley, I hear its primal … Continue reading

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Mooselook State of Mind


“What did you call that lake you live on way up there?” my friends Edie and Lewis kept asking. We were in Florida where they’d gone to escape winter on Long Island for a bit, and where I’d eagerly found … Continue reading

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Directionless TV


New Year’s Day 2014: “To read more in my free time.” New Year’s Day 2015: “To watch less TV, giving myself infinitely more free time.” (See last year). Watching New Year’s Rockin’ Eve two years in a row, while what my … Continue reading

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