When you get old, who will you be?

Ordinary Life / Safe Place / Spirituality

What in life sustains us for the long trip to the end of our days? Sometimes a stream of despair causes me to doubt…

Scones – Margie’s Favorite

Recipes

My favorite recipe for scones a kind of biscuit-y texture and is a slightly sweet pastry. It is a little crisp on the bottom…

Say, “Thank you.”

Community / Hospitality / Ordinary Life / Visual Art

“Choose whatever you like!” We were sitting in the Bustard’s living room looking through a stack of original prints and the artist was making…

Make Me Find Joy

Community / Creation / Ordinary Life / Safe Place

Drought – now there’s a word. Drought. Like California. Like now as I try to write. It’s been like trying to cough up fish…

Little Ways and Secret Sins

Ordinary Life / Safe Place / Spirituality

In 1873 a twenty-three-year-old French woman died of tuberculosis. It was a common disease back then and many died from this incurable pulmonary wasting…

Calm down!

Creation / Ordinary Life / Safe Place / Work and Rest

If it were up to me I’d be blasting judgment from my throne. I would wipe out – the Zika virus, the ex-president of…

Gift Couch

Community / Hospitality / Ordinary Life / Safe Place

Camelback couch needs a new look From the moment it was hauled through the front door, I hated that pine-green naugahyde couch. It stank…

What if Your Treasure Was Worth a Billion

Creation / Ordinary Life / Safe Place

Last month Harper’s Magazine (April 2016) published a fascinating report about a Jay Miscovich, who found what he claimed were hundreds of emeralds from…

Moussaka

Recipes

Moussaka (serves 6) For the Meat & Tomatoes: 2 onions, thinly sliced or chopped 3 tablespoons olive oil 1½ lbs ground lamb Salt &…

Potato Soup and Cornbread

Recipes

Potato Soup (Serves 4) 1/2 stick butter 3 cups peeled diced potatoes (Yukon Gold) 1 cup diced onions 1/2 cup diced celery (optional) 1…