"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" ~ Mary Oliver

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stirring the pot. . .

Although I sometimes think of myself as being quiet and solitary, (“a taoist hermit”), in my professional working life, I was anything but. Although I tried very hard each time I was the “newest kid on the block,” to keep my mouth shut and not challenge anybody, it was hard for me to do any […]


three years old . . .

I can hardly believe that this blog is three years old today! I wrote about how we turned two last year and thought it might be interesting to see where we are today, still a toddler in writing years. . . When people sometimes ask me what my blog is about, I hesitate, not knowing […]

anniversary . . .

Well, here it is: the anniversary of the first post on my blog, last February 23, 2011. It has come a long way since then and like much of life, has taken its own path. When I first started out,I began the blog with an intent to model thoughts that might inspire others to share […]

fear. . .

I’ve always had a sense of fear.. . ever since I was young and set in a place where I was alone, not knowing the language of this new land; set apart from the rest of my family once my siblings were born, one after another. It wasn’t just because I was alone a lot […]

odd fellows . . .

An observant person who reads my blog said to me yesterday, “you’re a combination of scientific inquiry and mysticism.” I was taken aback because I hadn’t put two-and-two together about myself exactly like that. It seems true, though, the more I think about it. I look at everything that happens in my life or around […]

being happy enough. . .

Here in America, the land of opportunity, we work harder than anyone else, strive to change ourselves from the outside in or from the inside out. We are encouraged to improve, to eat better, work better, make things better, BE a better person. Constantly. Everywhere you look. I have been there. Today, I thought about […]

fresh tomato and spinach spaghetti . . .

It’s Sunday and we’re between Wild Card football games. I find the games a welcome diversion from whatever happens to be coming out of Washington constantly. Anyhow, I saw this recipe on the NYTimes website and thought I’d try it out for two of us.  While the Baltimore Ravens were losing, I read many of […]

a simple meal in a heat wave! . . .

Years ago, I had lunch at “The Tea Box” a bento box restaurant inside Takishimaya, a jewel of a department store in New York City. The restaurant is closed now, but fortunately, the chef, Ellen Greaves published a cookbook called “Simple Meals for the Bento Box”  I have two copies of the book here and […]

a (white) peach pie for summer! . . .

I’ve been wanting to make a peach pie all summer but I haven’t found any fruit that was ripe enough to use. Even the local peaches at the farm stand were rock hard. So today at the grocery store, I found some white peaches that were fragrant and felt ripe but not too ripe. I […]

indian pudding . . .

Well, it turns out that the homemade slightly runny meyer lemon meringue pie was G.’s brother, Jim’s, favorite dessert. Today, I mentally went through my dessert rolodex from the past and remembered that one of G’s favorites was indian pudding. I don’t make it too often because it takes a long time to cook (90 […]