Category Archives: Family and friends

The joys of adult children: Carrot cake

The Avett Brothers, February Seven The Avett Brothers, No Hard Feelings I wish they lived down the block, but I’ll take what I have: two wonderful adult kids, an extraordinary daughter and son-in-law, five granddaughters, one grandson, one grand daughter-in-law, … Continue reading

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There is there here: Peanuts and candy corn

Aretha Franklin, Respect Gertrude Stein’s remark, “There is no there there,” about her Oakland, California hometown, has been borrowed by the Justice Department to throw out bribery charges, used by political candidates to discount their opponents, and rewritten by Madison Avenue campaigns to disparage … Continue reading

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Sacramento Shorts: Muth’s Potato Soup

The Beatles, A Day in the Life A few snippets of a day-in-the-life in Sacramento: Last weekend, we rested on a bench in the Capitol Park World Peace Rose Garden watching two wedding parties: one pink and girly with yards of … Continue reading

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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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