Good-luck charm

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WHEN WE moved into the Hacienda almost 16 years back, the late, great Al Kinnison, who was not “late” at that time, of course, gave us a necklace of garlic, a Hacienda-warming gift.

Garlic repels not only vampires but other evil entities to boot. In general, it blocks bad stuff from passing through the front door, and that’s where the chain of garlic has hung for all these years.

It hasn’t been touched or even dusted.

And it’s worked. Like a charm, which it is.

Good fortune reigns. It’s another beautiful winter day, brisk and blue. Everyone here is acceptably healthy and happy. It’s incredible what garlic can do. You don’t even have to put it into a stew.