Strangers I have known.

October 14, 2011

I do not know this man.  He is my friend’s father and I only had the pleasure of meeting him once, briefly, at Starbucks. His eyes were gentle. His voice was confident. He was smiling. I got the impression he smiled a lot.  You could tell this was someone well respected.  He reminded me of [...]


a little light conversation.

September 1, 2011

Children have insights that experience can’t buy.  Eliott is 4-1/2 years old. He’s smarter than the average bear and completely full of energy. We sat down at the dinner table to talk about the world at large. First we had to define it. Me: What is the world? Eliott: The earth outside. Then the world [...]


Friday Night Light

August 27, 2011

I have no recipe to give.  It’s been a rough week.  I’m confident I am not alone in that sentiment. It’s 11:44 on Friday and everyone has gone to bed.  I’m imagining houses everywhere with only the monitor light glowing in the darkness.  This is our time.  Time when the week has been laid to [...]


Tomato Blessings

August 22, 2011

For Jennifer Perillo, who gives me courage. I am a fraud.  Well, not really, but I advocate fresh food and a farm to table lifestyle and yet I have never planted my own garden.  At least, not as an adult.  Of course, there have been classroom projects that experimented with water, dirt and seeds.   The [...]


Plain Pasta Drama

August 19, 2011

Sometimes Friday doesn’t go as planned.  I forgot to eat today.  Squeezing five days worth of work into 12 hours is not my strong suit.  I exiled my whining boys to the park or the zoo or wherever wasn’t home.  They need to go back to school.  It’s been nothing but fights and crying the [...]


After all these years…

August 12, 2011

originally published Feb 2011 I’ve been with my husband for 11 years.  We have an open and honest dialogue between one another and he is my greatest champion.  What I am about to tell you verges on the ridiculous. This morning my dear husband was compelled to tell me (after 11 years) that he does [...]


Rejection and other things that happened on the way to dinner.

August 9, 2011

I like to think that I am the type of person that can (and will) laugh at herself when the need arises. I’m not that type of person, but I’d like to believe.  I’m quite serious about myself sometimes.  A severe tendency towards the self critical can lead to small, nervous system breakdowns and the [...]


Forgiveness by the Pound

August 2, 2011

My father made pancakes.  Not the world’s best pancakes. Just plain, ole pancakes.  There was a limited amount of joy on Sunday mornings in our house.  As a child, there were times I sensed a lack of energy as we sat down with my parents to maple syrup and bacon.  The salty sweet aroma from [...]