Why would you apologize for what you read for pleasure? Every book read for pleasure should be celebrated. And novels that celebrate love, commitment, relationships, making relationships work -- why isn't that something to be respected? - Nora Roberts
Saturday, November 2, 2013
It pleases me beyond telling that once again this house will be full of the laughter of children, feet pounding down the stairs double-time - rather than the tentative step-step, pause, step-step of the elderly - and there will be snowballs thrown and sparklers on fire, and probably dogs. This is a happy house, but it needs children to be joyous. Now it will have them, along with a youngish couple who fell in love with the place even as we did nearly 20 years ago.
We have gone from middle age to old age here. So much of our history here. Thanksgiving crushes for 40 or more, quiet Sunday mornings watching the birds and squirrels in the backyard. When we moved here, I was strong as an ox and could out-walk anyone I knew. Mr. Bat's spine was straight and his eyes clear.
But the future beckons, and if it involves flannel shirts, soft shoes, chair yoga, and Bingo, well, those are fine things, too, and when you can still hold the hand of the one you love beyond reason, the one who loves you, too, well then. Another adventure to experience together. We are enormously, immensely, blessed to be able to experience this transition, this big change, together, and with the laughter we have always shared.
I'll be out of touch until early to mid-December. Hoping to begin to review books then again. Hoping lots of things. See you soon.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, by Sheri Fink (nonfiction) (long)
Monday, October 14, 2013
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Sunday, September 1, 2013
I hope all is well with you folks. If I ever claw us out of this mess, I’ll read a book and share my thoughts. I hope you’re all reading something wonderfully satisfying.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
ETA: Gadzooks, what a hash of a review. Ms. Grant deserves better than this, but this is what I have for now, unfortunately.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Some years ago I read this column and it's stayed with me. You may enjoy it. I hope you do.
Will he hold your purse?
Saturday, May 25, 2013
There's no real recipe. None of my recipes have a recipe. Sorry. I'm a seat of the pants, what's in the pantry type of cook.
- Asparagus, trimmed or snapped free of woody areas, cut into bite-sized lengths and steamed or boiled for a minute or two, just to get the raw taste out and to brighten the color.
- Grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in half or quarters as you like.More than one color if you can find them.
- Some sweet onion, like a Vidalia or Walla Walla or even a red/purple onion if you soak it a few minutes in water to get the burny stuff out. About 1/4 of a medium onion, sliced thin to point of transparency.
- A dozen or so fresh basil leaves, chiffonade - although you could probably use dried
- Combine this all with your favorite vinaigrette. I normally use a lemon vinaigrette for this with just a touch of honey, but the hostess used a red wine vinaigrette and it was very nice indeed.
- Serve room temp or chilled. I think it's better if it can sit for an hour so the flavors get married.
Monday, April 15, 2013
I feel terrible about not reviewing the 2-3 books I had left from NetGalley and Edelweiss but it's likely that the world will continue to spin.
I'll miss you.
Be well. Read some wonderful books, and a few stinkers so you appreciate the good ones even more. I'll hope to see you in a few months.