Category Archives: Family and friends

Moving toward the light: Braised short ribs

Ignore the grey skies, never mind the cold stream of rain that trickles down your bare neck, go ahead and order those lettuce seeds—we are definitely leaning toward the light. It’s been a month now since the winter solstice, there are … Continue reading

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Adventures: 2005, 2020

Roberto Griego Arriba, Musica Nuevo Mexico Fifteen years ago, the Sweetie and I took a long, circular drive from Eugene to San Diego, Tucson, El Paso, San Antonio, New Orleans, Savannah, Myrtle Beach; then turned left and went home through … Continue reading

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2019, the Year of the Baby

On our block, 2019 was the year of the baby. In July, my great granddaughter Jane was born, then came our friends Bill & Glenda’s grand nephew, and in November, Ginny’s daughter Claire had Eleanora. They are all healthy, happy, … Continue reading

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas: Sugar Cookies

Hal Kemp, A Boy, A Girl, A Lamplight There must be a lobe of my brain dedicated to song lyrics. I may not remember where I parked the car at Costco, but I know all four verses of Joy to the … Continue reading

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Elvis: Black bottom peanut butter pie

Elvis Presley, Jailhouse Rock, 1957 Elvis, Run On, 1967 Elvis, Are You Lonesome Tonight, 1977 I’ve been to three concerts in my life: the Avett Brothers in 2019, Lyle Lovett & Bonnie Raitt in 2004, and Elvis Presley in 1956. … Continue reading

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This chicken came home to roast: Mark Bittman’s roast chicken

Little Feat, Dixie Chicken When I was growing up, Sunday dinner meant a 1:00, after-church, elbows-off-the-table, no-TV, meal of roast beef, roast pork, or roast chicken, with an occasional ham. Now before you wax all nostalgic, may I add that all … Continue reading

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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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