This Christmas was all about simplicity

As I write this, we have turned the calendar page to another new year. The last two have been so odd, so asynchronous, so tragic. But perhaps we can agree that this time of trials and isolation has helped us to discover more joy in simple things, and more attendant gratitude. We haven’t allowed either […]

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Her quiet, happy life

July 5th would have been my godmother Angie’s 98th birthday. She passed peacefully in January, in her own home, in her own bed, after feeling vaguely unwell and lying down for a nap. It was the “happy death” she’d prayed for, in the way of the old-style Italian Catholics: no prolonged illness or unbearable pain, […]

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Making the most of stems and scraps

Note: Not long ago, my blogger colleague da-AL graciously invited me to do a guest post for her Happiness Between Tails. If you’ve never read her blog, check it out—she’s a vibrant, talented, and generous writer. The following is a collaboration with my daughter Emily. We hope you find it helpful! This Mama Bear just […]

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Good day, Sunshine…

I never expected to be nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award, or any other blogging award, even though I’m delighted when other bloggers receive recognition. I’ve built my blog very slowly, grateful for every single “follow,” but more intent on the joy of writing than on pushing hard or promotion. However, I was quite delighted […]

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Our cousins, our elves

My cousins Liz and Dorothy*, Liz’s husband Buddy, and their Shih Tzu Bella came all the way from Maine and New Hampshire, in December, to exhaust themselves decorating our house for Christmas. I helped, of course, but mostly I just let the elves have at it.  When the Good Lord was doling out talents, Dorothy […]

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‘Scratch’ applesauce

It’s a great thing that so many young cooks are taking up the “fresh and from scratch” cause. Some of the best recipes and tips I’ve found in food blogs have come from folks with far less “kitchen history” than my own. All that being said, I can’t for the life of me understand why […]

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Farewell, sweet friend

Cover photo: Miss Pup with her beau Rocko, who crossed the bridge earlier this year.  Many hearts were broken just after midnight on August 23, when Miss Puppy’s sweet little heart—which was at least as big as Texas—just gave up. Everyone lucky enough to have a loving dog understands intellectually that by human standards, their […]

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