Creating a new normal…

On our trip to Belize, we met a woman from Germany who was managing the resort we stayed at.  She towered over the locals and tourists alike with her broad build and booming voice.  She was efficient and determined in a land that is laid back and has a more casual relationship with time. If […]

Don’t waste this…

There has been some bad news this week.  Cancer is being an asshole again, dropping in uninvited to the human party. Reminding me how unexpectedly short life can be. Meanwhile, my grandmother lives on but doesn’t know who I am any more.  She can’t remember her favorite foods, and couldn’t eat them if she did. […]

What I’m kissing good-bye…

I heard an interview today with the chef Jacques Pepin. He was talking about his life during and just after the end of World War II, in particular how little food they had. Even after the war, every time there was a piece of bread that had become too old and stale to find a […]

Spying on other people’s kitchens…

When I was a kid, we moved around a lot.  Each new school meant finding new friends.  I learned to look for the kid who was sitting alone.  A group of girls is not necessarily going to welcome the new girls with open arms.  But the shy or just “different” kid sitting by themselves, isn’t […]

The power of tending to small things…

Know your magic. What is it about you that changes things? That changes people? What is it inside you that changes? How is that even possible? If you know more brand names than plant names, start there. Rachael Rice* When you go to visit my grandmother, you have to let her show you the land. […]

Feeling peer pressured by a mason jar…

When I was a kid it was only advertisers that sold to us.  Burger King told us we could “have it your way!” and Coke said we should have their product with a smile.  Now, not only do we have ads on television, the internet and on our phone screens, but we sell our lives […]

It’s time to unclench…

I was sitting in a booth of a local Mexican restaurant when I heard two girls slide in to the booth behind me.  One was on the verge of tears, saying, “I called you because I need someone to cheer me up, I’ve been crying for days.”  Her friend responded with “Let’s get you a […]

An urgent message…

What you can stop doing right now… You have to stop scurrying from one thing to the next. You have to stop reading your texts at the stoplights (or on the freeway). You have to stop trying to get all of the things done. There is time for hugs, even if you have to drag […]

Getting lost again…

The streets of the little French village we were staying in had been built in circles around an arena.  This meant a lot of tourists finding themselves missing the turn to the restaurant or the museum or that little store that had the cute thing in the window – now where did that go?  I […]

What you need to know right now…

I find myself constantly asking the teenagers I  know where they want to go to college, what they want to be when they grow up – they look so on the cusp of adulthood and I am so excited for the adventures they are going to have that I forget to ask what is happening […]