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The Joys of Tomato Season

September 8, 2020

I was talking to a friend about the deliciousness of tomatoes this time of year. Our conversation reminded me of rainy days in late summer when my sister and I used to sit in the garage staring out at the rain. She’d eat a tomato sandwich and I’d eat a tomato with sprinkled with salt, loving that sweet, sun-ripened juice running down my chin. Every August and September…

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A Cure for the Covid Grumps

August 29, 2020

I woke up in a very crabby mood today, in spite of a perfect Los Angeles day with deep blue skies and an actual cool breeze. Maybe it was weeks of 100 degree temperatures, plus two political conventions back to back. Or maybe it’s living alone during five months of furlough with no discernible end in sight. Either way, my grumpiness wasn’t lifting. My usual ventees weren’t available…

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Life is Backwards Now

August 14, 2020

Life is all backwards now. People who used to have to be dragged into the kitchen are baking and cooking up masterpieces, and people like me, who love to cook, can barely lift a spatula because I have no one to feed. Cooking for myself is nice, but it’s the sharing that’s the fun part. I can make my favorite pasta with shallots, fresh tomato, basil and whipping…

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That Hopey Changey Thing is Our Best Ally

July 24, 2020

I was relishing the sunshine this morning as I walked, listening to my favorite hip-swaying, tunes,(after listening to the depressing news) when it, again, hit me — hope is our best ally right now. It’s symbol is the sturdy anchor that holds ships in place during rough weather. And I think Covid 19 definitely qualifies as a storm. Hope keeps us moving forward every day. I hate to…

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The Only Advantage of Covid 19 – Date Hazelnut Cinnamon Biscotti

July 17, 2020

On Wednesday I spent an hour and a half picking up trash on the streets I frequent on my morning walks. It’s supposed to be my time for reflection and peaceful meditation, but even with the meditation music plinking away in the background, I found myself cussing under my mask at all the a**holes who couldn’t be bothered to pick up their damned trash. (One advantage of wearing…

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Happy Birthday Ma!

July 4, 2020

I couldn’t let the Fourth of July go by without wishing my mom a Happy Birthday. I’ve been going through all the letters she and my dad sent me over the years and have been really humbled by the love and support they always offered their stinking daughter who moved away. The only good thing about living far away is that I have all these mementos to look…

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Life Imitating Art

June 26, 2020

It’s very appropriate that it’s 1:22 a.m. on Friday, June 26, and I just finished watching the 100th and final episode of Jane the Virgin (which I absolutely LOVED) because my life has sort of been like a telenovela for the past two weeks. First, I heard that I’ll be furloughed for another three months, which should take me to October 3rd, my former anniversary, so possibly not…