Monthly Archives: May 2011

The basement door that inspired “The Night Strangers”

This is the basement door to nowhere in my 1898 Victorian that inspired the basement door to nowhere that opens “The Night Strangers.” I couldn’t resist sharing it.  Advertisements

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A pause before a neighbor’s headstone

The older section of the cemetery in Lincoln, Vermont is accessed from Quaker Street, and bordered by an unas suming chain-link fence that seems to be comprised of equal parts metal and rust. But the modest markers and tomb stones … Continue reading

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A Grace note: Thank you.

My wife and my daughter first appeared in this column in May 1993 when she was in utero. Since then, she has endured having everything from her diapers to her dates chronicled (or, to use the precise journalistic terms, “exploited” … Continue reading

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Now even vigorous can rest in peace

My mother-in-law died the same day as Osama bin Laden. Most comedians would kill for an opening line like that. Let’s face it: The world is filled with mother-in-law jokes. But Sondra Blewer left behind four reeling daughters when she … Continue reading

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The Broccoli Rocket, the Funky Fruit Mingle and other Proustian madeleines from my mother’s recipe files.

I have never been shy about the reality that my late mother, Annalee Carolyn Nelson Bohjalian, was always going to be the first person voted off “Top Chef.” Actually, even that aggrandizes her skills in the kitchen. Let me try … Continue reading

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Things that go bump inn the night

Years ago, when my friend Adam Turteltaub and I were groomsmen at a buddy’s wedding in Mobile, Ala., he took one look at the spectacular four-poster bed in my room at the bed and breakfast where we were staying and … Continue reading

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