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The Appraisal


At Central Watch, a woman with silver hair waited. Her red pill box hat capped her bob and accompanied her wool camel coat well. She had been wearing this outfit, or something like it, for at least 50 years. It looked good, even when she had started to shrink and her voice had begun to lose its easy, youthful volume. She stayed warm on her way to Grand Central.
When the clerk had taken my cash and returned my watch, she spoke.

“Excuse me, sir.”

From her leather tote she pulled a watch so bedazzled that the diamonds caught the light and broke it across the room in a thousand glamorous fractures. Certainly, it was meant for more than a timepiece, but it was more luxurious than jewelry.

Holding it a full arm’s length in front of her, she started again, “Do you know anything about this watch?” Continue reading “The Appraisal”

San Antonio: “It Looks Very Catholic”

After pulling some of these photos together and asking my husband to view them, he said, “Well, it looks very Catholic” and then went to bed. He didn’t say it pejoratively: it was a matter of fact. The missions of San Antonio are Catholic. Continue reading “San Antonio: “It Looks Very Catholic””

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