Food on Fridays: Shrimp in Garlic Cream Sauce

shrimp

(smaller button below)For the Food on Fridays carnival, any post remotely related to food is welcome—though we love to try new dishes, your post doesn’t have to be a recipe. We’re pretty relaxed over here, and stories and photos are as welcome as menus and recipes. When your Food on Fridays … [Read more...]

Curiosity Journal: December 28, 2011

pear sketches

Each Wednesday I’ve been recording a Curiosity Journal to recap the previous week using these tag words: reading, playing, learning, reacting and writing. Now I'm simplifying the journal, to see if I like a slimmed-down version. … [Read more...]

Season of Creativity

fir-snow

Heavy, wet flakes of snow are dropping steadily from the sky today, weighing down branches, muffling sound. The girls are playing a CD of a singer whose mellow voice is new to me. I have brewed loose tea in my blue-and-white Spode teapot, poured it into a Christmas cup, stirred in a teaspoon of … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday streamer

One of our daughters has a December birthday. A week ago we celebrated with signage and candles and cake and presents. When her party was over, I started to tear down the streamers, but for the first time in 14 years I paused before pulling down the "Happy Birthday" banner and thought, you know, we … [Read more...]

Food on Fridays: Chocolate Decadence Cake

Chocolate Cake No1

(smaller button below)For the Food on Fridays carnival, any post remotely related to food is welcome—though we love to try new dishes, your post doesn’t have to be a recipe. We’re pretty relaxed over here, and stories and photos are as welcome as menus and recipes. When your Food on Fridays … [Read more...]

Curiosity Journal: December 21, 2011

Chocolate Cake No2

Each Wednesday I’ve been recording a Curiosity Journal to recap the previous week. Tag words were: reading, playing, learning, reacting and writing. This week I'm abbreviating, simplifying, and amending the journal. Like so much of life, it's an experiment.:::ReadingAs part of the experiment of … [Read more...]

What Lies Behind the Family Bible’s Names and Dates

Bible-shut-cover

I pulled out my camera to snap some pictures of the four-inch-thick family Bible my dad recently acquired from a distant cousin—second cousin once or twice removed, or something like that. This particular family Bible belonged to Dad's grandparents, but had been passed down another branch of the … [Read more...]

Who We Are Becoming

cuckoo

Saturday night I tore off pieces of a Post-It to mark passages in Staying Put: Making a Home in a Restless World. As I reached the last lines of the last chapter, closed the book and set it on the bedside table, I continued to think about story and place and self and how they overlap and interweave. … [Read more...]

Food on Fridays: Bûche de Noël

buche de noel

(smaller button below)For the Food on Fridays carnival, any post remotely related to food is welcome—though we love to try new dishes, your post doesn’t have to be a recipe. We’re pretty relaxed over here, and stories and photos are as welcome as menus and recipes. When your Food on Fridays … [Read more...]

Curiosity Journal: Geography of Mind, Birdfeeders, Sarah Kay on Story, and Mini Flash Mob

feeder-finch

Each Wednesday I’m recording a Curiosity Journal to recap the past week. Tag words are: reading, playing, learning, reacting and writing. ::: Some of you have mentioned that you’re keeping a Curiosity Journal, as well. If you do, leave your link in the comments so that we can visit and enjoy your … [Read more...]

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