Daily Prompt: Celebrate Good Times

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Daily Prompt: Celebrate Good Times – ancestral feast

Back in 1988, my mother passed away on the 8th of December. I was only 30 and my children were seven, five and two years old.  I knew that they would never really know their maternal grandmother. It was sad enough to have lost my second parent at such a young age, but to not […]


As I write this, my husband, David, is in Ethiopia. He’s there as an advisor as a part of IBM’s Service Corps to assist the Ethiopian Agricultural Ministry in improving their data analysis in relation to farm production and their efforts to reduce mortality and hunger in the northeastern African nation. Also, as I write […]

my blog’s had a baby…

In a few days my husband will be traveling on business. He’ll be gone more than a month. We won’t be able to talk on the phone, but we have set up Skype. My end is camera-less, which is fine by me. Several friends have attempted to explain how cheap and easy it would be […]

in defense of paula deen…

I am a Southerner. Let me get that out of the way. I’m also someone who loves cooking. I watch the Food Network on a regular basis. And I’ve watched Paula Deen’s shows for years. I like her. I gasp in horror at least once each episode, not because of racism or glorification of the […]

Daily Prompt: Red Pill,Blue Pill

Nourishment is found not just in the list of ingredients eaten and consumed by the body, but by the numerous acts of intent that precede its digestion. I plan my meals on a weekly basis. I pour through cookbooks and online sites and magazines for just the right foods to feed my family. I strive […]

writing under duress…

Ernest Hemingway did it. They say F. Scott Fitzgerald did it. Stephen King claims he was also guilty. All these great writers supposedly wrote while under the influence of alcohol and drugs. There is almost a cache of being the talented, yet tortured great artist. I’ve never been sure if the pain informed the art […]