What did I know, what did I know
of love’s austere and lonely offices? ~ Robert E. Hayden
As Thanksgiving approaches and the days get colder, I often think of this poem, Those Winter Sundays by Robert E. Hayden. It makes me mindful of the many gifts of love I receive so freely […]
Chocolate is the first luxury. It has so many things wrapped up in it: Deliciousness in the moment, childhood memories, and that grin-inducing feeling of getting a reward for being good…
~ Mariska Hargitay
Imagine, if you would, taking your seat at the table and being handed a nice cup of hot coffee and […]
Roll away your stone; I’ll roll away mine.
Together we can see what we will find.
~ Mumford & Sons
I recently returned from my travels to Spain where I walked 161 miles in 11 days on the French route of El Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James). It […]
“You never know when you’re going to need a tortilla.”
My daughter is a wonderful cook and during her last visit she treated us to homemade tamales. As an added bonus, the first time she went to the store for the ingredients she accidentally bought white flour tortilla mix instead of the corn flour she needed. […]
“Peace and rest at length have come,
All the day’s long toil is past;
And each heart is whispering, “Home,
Home at last!” ~ Thomas Hood
As we are slipping into November and toward the holidays, I realize that what we want most at this time of year is warmth. […]
Above all, don’t lose your desire to walk: every day I walk to find a state of well-being and to avoid any disease; while walking I have achieved my best ideas, and I do not know any thought, however burdensome it may be, which I cannot rid myself of by walking… If one […]
“Everyone carries an atmosphere about him. It may be healthful and invigorating, or it may be unwholesome and depressing. It may make a little spot of the world a sweeter, better, safer place to live in; or it may make it harder for those to live worthily and beautifully who dwell within its circle.” ~ […]
… and the rest is gravy.
I remember when I was young a friend of mine and I tried our hand at making gravy. We felt if we could make good gravy then anything we wanted to do in the kitchen could be possible. We approached our experiment with trepidation because we had heard that […]
Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children. ~Alex Haley
I’m approaching 50 now and I can honestly say that the summers I spent with my grandparents when I was little were the happiest times of my childhood and some of the […]
“My point is, life is about balance. The good and the bad. The highs and the lows. The pina and the colada.” ~ Ellen DeGeneres
I agree with Ellen, only this time I’m balancing my colada with a banana. It is, in fact, a perfect pairing.
I saw those bananas getting darker and […]
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