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When Food Snobs Ruled – and Ruined – the World

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Eating used to be so much fun before food snobs ruled – and ruined – the world. For generations, down home cooking like pies and gravy (or pies WITH gravy) vied for buffet space next to burgers, fries, and an ice cold shake. Sure you always had your fancy types with their steamed salmon and […]

Parenting? We’re just having a ball

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I am probably the only parent in history who has requested a parent/teacher conference with the playground monitor. Rules Generally, I teach my children that their teachers make The Rules and that, just as in all walks of life, we don’t necessarily have to agree with them to abide by them. I call this the […]

What’s the recipe for a good family dinner?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Leave it to those same fine souls who brought us “cocoa powder” that tastes nothing like actual chocolate, in any form, to be up to their old hijinks when it comes to “fixing dinner.” Food giant Nestle is now linking healthy families with gathering around the table at dinnertime in a new advertising campaign for […]

An ordinary life

Thursday, February 11, 2010

His was, by all accounts, an ordinary life. I first met him when he was nearly 70, and I was not yet 30. He was a quiet, Mennonite man who enjoyed reading — and writing — poetry in his spare time. I was an newlywed expecting my first baby. I wrote nothing remotely close to […]

Words can be deadly: Bullies can go digital, beyond the classroom

Thursday, February 4, 2010

“Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words can never hurt you.” I have always hated that fable. Words do hurt. Words can kill. Fifteen-year-old Phoebe Prince chose to take her own life rather than deal with what has been characterized as “relentless physical and cyber bullying.” Prince was besieged in school, via text […]

Embracing my inner grouch

Thursday, January 28, 2010

You hear all the time about embracing your inner child, but what if what you have is less an inner 8-year-old and more an inner 80-year-old? So to speak I was kind of mature even as a kid, downright stodgy even. Take grammar for instance. There is an attempt by “kids these days” to embrace […]

Armed and maybe dangerous

Thursday, January 21, 2010

It was the men with guns at the door that convinced me more than anything else that I wasn’t living in the suburbs anymore. Thirteen years ago, I faced my first morning alone in my “new” old house by way of crouching low by the door, peering up over the windowsill, as three strange men […]

Still hot stuff after all these years

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Though not as young as she once was, she still prepares up to three meals a day (and snacks!) without complaint. She manages mountains of holiday cooking as well, rising early to make cinnamon rolls before moving effortlessly to roast turkey and ham. Year-round she is always up for a quick batch of cookies, and […]

Christmas Crow

Thursday, January 7, 2010

My husband and I are polar opposites in many, if not most, ways. He is athletic. I have two left feet and no more competitive edge than your average tree sloth. I am a grudge holding introvert. He is gregarious and forgiving. He is a math whiz. I find that even fifth grade mathematics causes […]

I am dreaming of a just right Christmas

Thursday, December 24, 2009

“There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.” – Erma Bombeck Some gather on the eve and some on the day. Some prefer to leave home, and others to stay. Whatever your preferences or plans may be, Christmas is a time of hopes, dreams and glee. There […]

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