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Jeffery Cohen

A Cat’s Tale

By Jeffery Cohen

A Cat's Tale

My father was an animal lover, and though we lived in the suburbs, that didn’t stop my dad from collecting quite a menagerie. We raised sweet singing golden canaries, a coop of cooing homing pigeons, a waddling duck, and even a raccoon that rode around on my brother’s shoulder after my brother adopted him from […]

Lessons Learned South of the Border

I’ve always been fascinated with the lure of exotic lands and the mystery of foreign cultures. – the foods, the customs, the history. When I plan a vacation, instead of being satisfied with sunning on a beach or lying around the pool, I search for special places that I can learn something from. That’s what […]

Giving Back, Getting Back

By Jeffery Cohen

Giving Back, Getting Back

“What about this one?” I asked my wife as I pulled a Douglas fir away from the wooden rack it was resting against and shook off the ice crystals that coated its branches. “Looks good to me,” she answered. So I tied the tree onto the top of the car and headed for home. As […]

Flowers for Mom

By Jeffery Cohen

Flowers for Mom

My mother loved flowers. Flowers of every shape and kind and color and scent. I think it must have been something passed down from her mother who kept her small yard fully adorned with blossoms. Each time we visited my grandparents’ home, the first thing my mother would do was to take me by the […]

Let My Garden Grow

By Jeffery Cohen

Let My Garden Grow

Gardening was a part of my life. The piece of mind I gained by communing with nature was cheaper than therapy. The serenity I felt by being at one with Mother Earth was better than meditating. The exercise I got from lifting and stretching with a shovel and a rake was as beneficial as any […]

Oh, Wilderness!

By Jeffery Cohen

Oh, Wilderness!

Because I played a little tennis, fished once in a while and barbecued in the park, my wife had me pegged as the outdoors type. As a city girl, she thought anyone who mowed their own lawn was an adventure seeker. For our first vacation, I proposed a little camping trip at a nice family […]

Art Is in the Eye of the Beholder

They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I’m beginning to believe that that very same thing applies to art. My brother and I are both artists. We grew up together. We went to the same schools, had the same teachers and visited the same museums. We even wound up going to […]

Piece of Cake

By Jeffery Cohen

Piece of Cake

When I was just a boy my mother baked a special cake from a recipe that a neighbor passed on to her. The Hungarian Nut Cake, though simply named, was quite complicated to make. Instead of being flour-based like most cakes, the main ingredient was nuts. Bags of walnuts had to be shelled and then […]

Going Green

By Jeffery Cohen

Going Green

Back in the sixties, a grassroots movement had begun to sprout. Flower children from San Francisco to New York City planted the seeds of peace throughout the nation, harvesting a bushel basket of causes in the process. One of those causes was the environment. “The Environ-mentals,” a group of concerned and ecologically aware students at […]

Leaving the Nest

By Jeffery Cohen

Leaving the Nest

Several years ago, when my power mower had broken down, I found an old push mower in the garage and decided to give it a whirl. The quiet whoosh of the blades and the smell of freshly cut grass took me back to my childhood, and I’ve been happily sweating over that old grass cutter […]

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