family life, spiritual life

The ever-changing table

"There is always, always something to be thankful for." poster wisdom The era that set all that Thanksgiving should be in my mind was actually rather brief. It began the year my immediate family returned to our Chicago-area home base and ended about 10 years later, when the cousins began to move away. And away… Continue reading The ever-changing table


Pumpkin-nog pudding

"I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion." Henry David Thoreau, American writer Once upon a time, people everywhere ate everything and they did not double over in pain or break out in hives. Like glass slippers and whistling while one works, however,… Continue reading Pumpkin-nog pudding


Fancied-up box stuffing

"Thanksgiving dinners take 18 hours to prepare. They are consumed in 12 minutes. Half-time takes 12 minutes. This is not coincidence." Erma Bombeck, American humorist I've been cooking a long time and I like to make things from scratch. So, for me, Thanksgiving has become a chance to pull out all the stops. But, when… Continue reading Fancied-up box stuffing

spiritual life

Always something there to remind me

"I can't seem to find Funkytown on Google Maps." bumper sticker wit It is probably difficult for Millennials or Gen Z-ers to imagine, but there was once a time when one could pump gas or buy groceries without listening to music. There are yearbooks to contend with, as well. Here I am in my 1980s… Continue reading Always something there to remind me