Crunch time

Two perfect puncture marks, accented by a spiderweb of cracks, adorn the screen of my son's new, only-had-it-since-Christmas, please-Mom-I-really-need-it smartphone. It actually doesn't look that bad; I've seen people using phones that look as if they've been on the receiving end of a sledgehammer with nary a hiccup of service. Even so, those two marks that... Continue Reading →

The extra mile

Okay, I screwed up. I missed the mark, so to speak, with yesterday's post. As soon as I hit publish, I knew it didn't feel right. Something was missing. It's this: A milestone, by definition, marks progress; it doesn't make progress. The travelers do that. And the progress they mark completely depends on what's left in front of them.... Continue Reading →

Milestones

Last week in my Snowshoes post, I pondered the concept of unearned intimacy, that is, when we race toward a relationship destination without marking the usual milestones. Of course, my mind has been whirling ever since as tried to label those milestones. I'm pretty sure they must be different for everyone, and probably even for each... Continue Reading →

Food fancies

I fancy myself to be a foodie. I like dishes that awaken my palate, juxtapose flavors, surprise my senses. Buttermilk basil sorbet. Brussels sprouts tossed in homemade pomegranate molasses. Duck meat loaf. Stinky cheeses. Anything with arugula. Latte art. There's not much I won't try--unless it features goat cheese or a nasty orange vegetable--and in fact, I relish... Continue Reading →

Color me beautiful

The past several months have held quite a few losses for my family, and I've had several opportunities to observe and participate in our grieving rituals. As I joined my family yet again this past weekend, I learned something important. You see, unlike the other recent funerals, this one had less elements of pre-planning. Most... Continue Reading →

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