Category Archives: Family and friends

1979, 1989, 2019: Remembering

Charles Aznavour, Ne Me Quitte Pas Seems as if friend-making years occur when we are the busiest: during college, on our first jobs, when we’re young couples, or as playdate Moms. The Sweetie and I are lucky to have friends we … Continue reading

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Beach stories: North Carolina Fish Stew

Katy Perry, California Gurls Another beautiful morning on San Diego’s Pacific Beach: soft, summer breeze, cloudless blue sky, gulls circling overhead (probably on the prowl for palm rats and kittens). Sundays bring out the surfers, the watchers, the families, and … Continue reading

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Beans or no beans: Beef and Pork Chili

The Mavericks, All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down If you want to start a spirited debate in Texas (remember, it’s a legal-carry state), ask for your chili with beans. You’ll likely be told, “Take that bean stew up north, … Continue reading

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A new generation

The Who, My Generation I was 21 when my daughter Bridget was born; she had her first child, Caleb, in her late twenties; and today, my grandson and his wife, Leah, became parents to Jane Rose. All of this adds up … Continue reading

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Have your cake and eat it too: Nikki’s chocolate cake

You may remember that not long ago, thanks to Beto and Bernie, the Sweetie and I were released from Wichita Falls, Texas. You may also recall the kerfuffle at the local Walmart Supercenter when a scooter-riding woman careened around the … Continue reading

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Strawberry Fields: Strawberry cobbler

   Strawberry Fields Forever, The Beatles In 1950s small-town Nebraska, strawberries were not a big thing, either in size or in importance. Everyone grew a few in their backyard garden, made a little jam if they had extra, and enjoyed … Continue reading

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Return to We The North: Mu Shu Pork

Gordon Lightfoot, Sundown Although the NBA Grizzlies left for Memphis long ago, interest in the Toronto Raptors runs high in Vancouver parks and on city sidewalks. This year, heading into We The North territory ready to defend the Golden State Warriors, we … Continue reading

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Lottie: Clam spaghetti

Eddie Fisher, Anytime It was July, 1952 and we were on our way from Nebraska to Vashon Island. The windows in our 1944 Buick were rolled down, Eddie Fisher crooned Anytime on the radio, Daddy smoked a cigar in the driver’s … Continue reading

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My Heroes: Coney Island Chili Dog Sauce

“Who Let the Dogs Out,” Baja Men   When I first read about Cesar Milan in a 2006 New Yorker article, his Saturday morning show, “The Dog Whisperer,” was on the National Geographic Channel. I had no dog, but I didn’t care, I would … Continue reading

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Jon: Lebanese cabbage rolls

  My son Jon was born smiling. He seldom cried; he slept through the night and loved his big sister from the start. As a rambunctious three year old, he delighted in storming in to Ed and Sophie’s house see … Continue reading

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