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Archive for November, 2011

My grandmother, Marjorie Rickard McEwen, was, among other things, a very accomplished cook. Like many women of her generation, she wasn’t much on the whole therapeutic conversation thing – “Least said, soonest mended” was one of her mottos. But in teaching me to cook – specifically to make pie – she taught me some very […]

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These are the dark times. A month from now, we’ll reach the winter solstice, when the world will start getting lighter again, which means it’s eight long weeks to get back to where we are now, which is dark. And then there’s my Keeping the wolves at bay issue – January 4th will be the 10th […]

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Here in northern California, fall looks different than it does in the storybooks. We don’t have snow. We don’t have holly. We don’t have pine trees. What we DO have is redwood trees – and, courtesy of the tree trimming we had done recently, lots and lots of redwood branches. We also have flowers. Yes, […]

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We get a fruit box at work and one of the things that comes in the fall is Kiwi Berries. They taste like kiwis but they are smaller and smooth-skinned, not fuzzy, so you just pop them in your mouth and eat the whole thing. They are pretty cool. I had never seen them before […]

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