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Monthly Archives: January 2007

Hoyo de Manzanares

Written in Brooklyn in 1976 after reading a TIME magazine article about the execution of three Basque separatists in Hoyo de Manzanares. Winding through the hills on the road to Madrid, The jeeps and vans came to a stop; The morning sun had just begun To warm the mountain tops.

Union Hero

Written in about 1976, and based on my ancestor Uncle Hyland Biddle, wounded at the Battle of Shiloh CHORUS: Well, I feel like I’m slippin’ into hell to the sound of a rebel yell; I only want to be a Union hero, Most decorated man at the Battle of Shiloh; But I had to get […]

You Know How You Need Somebody

Written around 1974, loosely based on a bus ride to Indianapolis sitting next to a Marine, heading to Columbus to see Karl play with his band at a Smuggler’s Inn One evenin’ feelin’ kinda low, I took the bus to Ohio; To see my brother play in a band at a Holiday Inn; And I […]

A Place for Everything and Everyone

Originally published in LLL US Western Division’s Connections #75, January/February 1998 It is a daunting project to move a household. It can feel even more complicated when many containers of precious La Leche League items are also involved. Moving my three sons, my husband, and myself from Nova Scotia to Pennsylvania was one thing. Moving […]

The Future Article You’ve Already Written

Originally published in LLL US Western Division’s Connections #75, January/February 1998 Many of us agonize over finding just the right topic or expanding an idea into an article for the Area Leaders’ Letter (ALL), a memo, Connections, or another La Leche League publication. Waiting and hoping for inspiration can be illusive and sporadic at best. […]

Clear Blue Skies in the Heaviest Fog

Originally published in LLL US Western Division’s Connections #71, May/June 1997 “She was like clear blue skies in the heaviest fog . . .” —E. Annie Proulx, praising her editor in the acknowledgments from her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Shipping News Nova Scotia is famous for its fog. Like many coastal areas in Atlantic Canada, […]

Using an Index to Generate Article Ideas

Originally published in LLL US Western Division’s Connections #66, July/August 1996 An index is a useful tool for locating material that has been written about a particular subject. But have you considered using an index to generate an idea for a new article? The August 1995 Connections index compiled by Lynne Coates covers Issues #39–#59. […]

Two-dollar Window

Based on a conversation I had with a one-armed man in line at the $2 window at the 1974 Kentucky Derby I met you at the two-dollar window, At the races on a day in July; And I could tell you were a regular winner, By the crazy look you had in your eye.

Tongue Sandwich

Written in Brooklyn, New York, in 1975 Movin’ and groovin’ at the deli, Not exactly sure what I want; Standin’ at the counter, starin’ through the glass, Corned beef is nice, but it ain’t got no class.


Written at a booth in Deena’s Diner during the summer of 1975. Just outta Jackson, headin’ for Nashville, ‘Cause I’m gonna be a country star, too; When the axel started breakin’ and the van started shakin’, We pulled off on Highway 22.