for the birds

for the birds

My mother-in-law grew up in different times, and I have learned much from her.  She introduced me to basic Midwestern cooking.  I’ve learned how to prepare roasts and vegetables with a slow cooker.  She has shared family casserole recipes.  Through our conversations, I’ve had the chance to learn some things about her youth, what life
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june gloom

june gloom

It’s June.  We’ve officially entered the season of June Gloom.  I knew nothing about June Gloom, until I moved to southern California.  It’s a local weather pattern that starts in late spring and can last through the summer.  During this time, the coastal areas in southern California start off the day with overcast skies.  On
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toys are us

toys are us

My friend’s son is a native New Yorker.  About two years ago, I was visiting and staying with my friend and her family in New York.  At that time, her son was seven or eight.  One evening after dinner, he was darting here and there, gathering toys and things:  a monkey with close-set, beady eyes,
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time stands still

time stands still

“If I could, I’d vote Condi Rice for President.  She knows the ins and outs of the White House!  Foreign policy!  The CIA!  The FBI!”  All this was spoken in a thick thick New Jersey accent.  With each “ins and outs”, the man shook his fist.  He was talking to another man who looked very
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seaweed love

seaweed love

Seaweeds exudate.  Yes, exudate:  in this case, the oozing of fluid from a plant’s pores, like sap from trees.  I had never heard the word, until a few years ago.  One afternoon, my friend S and I were on a bluff that looks over a surf spot in San Diego.  S is a waterman:  sailor,
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a few southern angels

a few southern angels

Angels have a tough job.  They are messengers and representatives of love, life, death, and deliverance.  They aren’t a light-hearted bunch, except for angels on Christmas knick knacks and those baby angels in classical paintings and sculptures — putti.  During a road trip, my husband and I saw many angels.  Don’t worry.  We weren’t going
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