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July 2019

I don't feel like I discovered Doctor Jennifer Ashton's new book, Life After Suicide: Finding Courage, Comfort & Community, by accident. Our story starts with the fact that the 5 1/2 year anniversary of my mom's suicide is coming up in a few weeks, so that was already on my mind. I made plans to go to a 3:15 movie earlier this week, and I thought I'd pass some time by stopping first at the bookstore. It wasn't my usual store, and I found myself walking walking straight to the table that featured the book. That seemed like interesting timing.... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. How are you? I was just telling BDH and Little Buddha that we're going to change the schedule a little bit so that I can get in some more garden time today. They think that's a great idea, but they warn me that it's supposed to be both warm and muggy, so I need to remember my sunscreen and to drink plenty of water. We make such a good team. They also say that the coffee is ready, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some... Read more →


If you want to take a break from the nonstop coverage of all of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, including Joe Biden, let us recommend a crime thriller that stars...Joe Biden. New York Times best-selling author Andrew Shaffer made a splash last summer with Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery. It was a fun read that tapped into the famous Barack Obama - Joe Biden "bromance" and hearkened back to a more nostalgic time when the White House occupant wasn't being accused of treason, sexual assault, and other criminal activity on a seemingly daily basis. Shaffer is back, and... Read more →


Jerry Remy has been with the Boston Red Sox for over 40 years between his stint as a second baseman, and now as the team's longtime television analyst. The "RemDawg" has fans throughout Red Sox Nation who appreciate his ability to explain what's happening on the field and do so with a sense of humor. He brings his perspective on baseball, as well as many of the players, managers, and broadcast partners he's worked with, in his new book, If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the Boston Red Sox, Dugout, Locker Room and Press Box. (Release date: July 9,... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. How are you? We had a bit of an intense day here yesterday. The morning was fine, but then I decided to catch the 3:15 showing of the new Spiderman movie. No big deal. Thought I'd stop at the bookstore first, even though new releases come out today. Found myself walking straight to the table that carried Life After Suicide by Dr. Jennifer Ashton. (I didn't know the book existed before this, mind you.) We're coming up on the 5 1/2 year anniversary of Mom Clutter's death, so this has... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. How are you? Did you have a good 4th? Things are pretty good here at the moment. Between the holiday and some family stuff, the last few days have been different from the usual schedule, but it's settled down again. The flowers are all starting to return in the garden en masse, which is terrific. Climate change may have thrown off their schedule this year, but they're here now, and that's what counts. It's about 55 degrees at the moment, which is a little startling, but BDH and Little Buddha... Read more →


Full Disclosure: We had no intention of writing a review for My Next Guest Needs No Introduction: Zach Galifianakis. The staff was looking for something funny to watch on Netflix, we came across this bonus episode of David Letterman's series, and it seemed like a good choice. You've got two funny men and two fantastic beards. That's all we needed. No notes were taken, and we settled in for a nice casual viewing, but then plans had to be changed. The first 20-something minutes of the show is awkward. Galifianakis is clearly a little nervous to be with Letterman, and... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. Any big plans for the 4th? I suspect we'll mostly be focused on setting up shop in a cool location, because it's supposed to get hot early today. Maybe we'll take a trip to the movies, or maybe we'll just grab a book, hang out by the fan, and then water the garden before the fireworks begin. Can't say our group is a big fan of fireworks. Well, we don't mind the "official" ones - it's the thought of our neighbors shooting them off that makes us a little nervous.... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. How are you? Yesterday was a bit of an odd day around here. It got off to a productive start, and everything was fine. Somewhere around the mid-afternoon a few things on my mind started building up, and I couldn't shake them. I got so distracted, I couldn't get it together for gardening, and you know that doesn't happen often. I could feel my mood deteriorating, and usually in that situation I just go to bed, sleep it off, and start over the next day. However, I had the chance... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? I was just sitting here waiting for a weather report from BDH and Little Buddha. Let's see, they say it's supposed to be cloudy this morning, sunny in the afternoon, and cloudy again in the evening. We can work with that. Oh, and the guys also say the coffee is ready. Excellent. Grab yourself a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Tuesday Clutter. (As always, if you'd like to support our coffee budget, please consider using the Clutter Amazon page for your shopping needs.) It makes sense that a new poll... Read more →