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In My Backyard: Part 5 — The Non-Creeping Garden

Continued from here. When the backyard belonged to my grandparents, I liked to think of the patio belonging to my grandfather and the yard belonging to my grandmother. The patio held the charcoal grill, the picnic table with massive adjustable

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In My Backyard: Part 4 — Bobsled

Continued from here. So there was the slide in summer and the slide in winter. In summer, we saw fit to make the slide our own personal water slide, complete with hose-fed marsh pool at the bottom. In the winter,

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In My Backyard: Part 3 — The Slide

Continued from here. I am not quite ready to let go talk of the swing set, partly because the fun and danger we had with the slide merits a post of its own. In reality, it was as impressive as

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In My Backyard: Part 2 — The Swing Set

Continued from here. When we tore out the pool, the ground beneath it looked scarred. Literally, the grassless dirt underneath bare and shiny. Where the perimeter of the pool used to be, a raised ridge like a welt. That welt

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In My Backyard: Part 1 — Grandma’s Pool

This house has been in my family as long as I have. Really. My grandparents — my father’s parents — bought it a few or several months before I was born. (Not having been born yet, I am a little

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