A Mother’s Panache

After her death, my father divulged that he almost broke his engagement to my mother because she rebuffed his request to drive with both feet on the floor board. Sounds …

Mommie’s  Brownies

What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate. Katherine Hepburn My mother loved Katharine Hepburn. She was enthusiastic enough about her to wake …

Handy

Love is the whole thing. We are only pieces. Rumi Lifelong friendship with a group of folk is like a good marriage. The only mandate in gathering together is to …

Oyster Time

There’s no greater pleasure than a bag of books. D Mounger Once I was gifted with a tender need to pause over the personal tattoo. An ancient veteran serving with …

All Through the House

When I was a little girl, we would leave Tupelo, Mississippi early on Christmas Eve and head to Yazoo City to join my grandparents, aunt and uncle, spouses and seven …

Melvin in the House

Legacy is not leaving something for people. It’s leaving something in people. Peter Strople Early winter bustled into our country town. The Weatherman would have had a few things to …

Message In a Box

The glove box was my first grown-up hidey hole. My Grandmother literally understood the compartment as a place to store driving gloves, but with my Father’s prompting when I got …

Look Pleasant Please

At some point during the past year, I built a mountain of all the printed film that I had been hoarding. No overnight visitors were expected so the gigantic pile …

The Dome

I am awake; I will spend my life taking this armor off. Pema Chodron Lots of talk about self care these days. Lots. And no doubt we need it. A …