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Revelations in Tapping | Mexican Hummus

  With a self imposed sense of discovery for the new year, I mustered an open heart for unfamiliar territory. An assigned seat brought a harvest of good fortune. On a Delta flight to Mexico this winter, I found myself in alliance with an older couple traveling back home. As I took my aisle seat, I determined that she, a …

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Refinement by Human

  Pappy was a narcissist. My pipe smoking architect grandfather had good reason to walk the egocentric path, the only child of an older professional couple (lawyer and teacher). He was raised in South Mississippi, not far removed from a time when folks claimed territory in unclaimed territory . Robert Benton McKnight was gifted in many categories having survived the …

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Pears in the Basement | AKA Pear Relish

  The first scary things in life cling like the contacts on my eyeballs which have been key for sight since 1966. I shiver to think what my plight would have been in another time – chair caning in a dark corner? And just for the record, such a clamp cranks up empathy for the nervous way I began life. …

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Private Art Showing | Late Summer Vegetable Minestrone

  Some might say our garage is in better shape than most. Nothing fancy, it is lined with pressed board and with a window and automatic garage door opening, it served duty in the name of rainy-day play dates, piñata bashings, roller skate trials, hopscotch and as home to an array of imaginary characters. These days besides our vehicles, it …

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Ease on Down the Road | Blueberry Breakfast Tada

Encoded in my genetic hoorah is a propensity for getting off the beaten path. As far as I can tell, despite the fact that it can double my mileage, the longer and windyer road delivers the windfall. One summer day brought proof with a pilgrimage north to Bell Buckle, Tennessee (population 453). Freelance business landed me on a sparsely traveled …

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Rule the Summer Day | Marinated Cukes, Red Onions, Tomatoes and Herbs

I was a restless young one always looking for an episode. One scorching Mississippi Delta afternoon after I folded clothes from the line and helped Grandaddy pick vegetables; after I played hopscotch and swigged a  draw of lukewarm water from the hose; after I shuffled a paper-thin deck of cards to the morning news played out on a tiny black …