Blogs by Hilary Hopkins

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Missing Alyson

March 26, 2015 / Missing Alyson

An hour ago I was riding the bus home from my water aerobics class in Harvard Square.  I saw a police car ahead of us, its lights flashing slowly, and then realized that in front of it was a line of cars carrying purple FUNERAL flags, led by another police car with slowly-flashing lights. Oh dear,… Read More

The Last Day of Winter

March 19, 2015 / The Last Day of Winter

Maybe you have read that our Boston winter set a record.   Yup, since they began keeping track of these things in 1872, this has been the snowiest winter in the history of the city.  One hundred eight and six-tenths of an inch of snow fell on us.  In February alone, a relentless parade… Read More

The Year of the Sheep

March 06, 2015 / The Year of the Sheep

Or the goat or ram, depending on which you like.  It turns out that the Chinese word for the zodiacal animal of this year can mean any of these, although “sheep” is especially good since apparently the word in Chinese looks as if it has a pair of curvy sheepish horns. In spite of bone-numbing… Read More

Snowing, Again

February 15, 2015 / Snowing, Again

(images I made of snowflakes on my pink and black mitten)   It’s snowing, again.  This bit wasn’t even in the forecast when I looked at it very early this morning.  The flakes are large, and gently flying sideways.  Or, when they get near my window, they float up. … Read More


January 31, 2015 / Snowstorm

This time, we all got plenty of warning.  It was going to be a humdinger, the forecasters said.  There was even talk of The Great Blizzard of ’78.  Friday afternoon, after listening for a while to the dire talk about the three feet due on the weekend, my husband suggested we do our… Read More

A Christmas Day Walk

December 29, 2014 / A Christmas Day Walk

Years ago, when both my Mother and my younger daughter were still living, my husband and I would find a fine outdoor place to go walking with them on Christmas Day.  Once, it was by the ocean; I have pictures of my darling Mother, who went about 5’ 1”, well-bundled up in one of my large… Read More

Driving Away the Dark

December 18, 2014 / Driving Away the Dark

Here in the Northern Hemisphere we are fast approaching the shortest day. I have been keeping track for a couple of weeks.  Right now, on December 18, following what had been our steady progress into the dark, though stuck for the past three days at 9 hours, 5 minutes of daylight, today we are down… Read More


December 09, 2014 / Persistence

Thanksgiving week we went to New York City and from there to New Jersey to spend the holiday with our older daughter and her family. In The City (I suppose there is another city, but), I introduced my husband to the pleasures of walking The High Line, the elevated linear park reclaimed from an abandoned… Read More

Not For Children

December 08, 2014 / Not For Children

A mother to her young child, as we started down the ramp to Ground Zero, impatience and anxiety in her voice, “It’s a different kind of museum.”  Indeed. The worst was the object labeled “Composite”.  It had its own separate place, somewhat apart from the other… Read More

Cheer at the Dog Park

November 18, 2014 / Cheer at the Dog Park

Often I walk down the street to the park near our house (  Not only is it a lovely place, with fine vistas, playing fields, a track where sometimes I walk a speedy mile, a playground, and lots of young trees, and a wetland, but it… Read More