Love what is mortal

On Saturday we buried my mother’s ashes. In the Catholic section of Greenwood Cemetery, we gathered – Both of my siblings, most of our children, one beloved first cousin and his sons, my uncle, and Mom’s best friends. After a week of intense 100+ degree heat, the glorious weather made the gathering a relief. It…

I’m on the road – and posting from my other blog

I started traveling last week, beginning with the once-every-two-years family reunion.  We’ve been gathering like this since 1969 and  my sister and I are menu planners and provisioners. Start here: Hunting and Gathering

A Piece I Am Piecing

I’ve been wrestling with finding time to write.  Here is part of a larger reflection that I am working on. The Quilt When I began my career at this school there was a tradition of having new teachers speak at an all school gathering to introduce themselves to the school community.  I am not sure…

An Abundance of Abundance

Last night’s gathering at our home and a comment about fireflies from Michael Doyle over at Science Teacher put some pieces together for me this morning. Hosting Last evening we hosted a welcome potluck for the students from Japan that are visiting  my daughter’s school and their host families.  We had twenty families and their…

Meme Mash Up: 7 things and Music

Seven things You Might Not Know About My (Musical) Taste Clay Burell, was tagged for the  Seven Things You Might Not Know About Me meme – but felt he had “been there/done that” with an Eight Things meme not too long back.  So, he “fiddl[ed] with this one for the sake of self-pleasuring” (he really…

Facebook (breathe)

My niece is a wonderful woman.  She lives in Florida with her husband and children, and her best friend from high school is her brother-in-law.  My niece has stared down a lot of demons in her life, but lately they have come thick and fast.  In the past two weeks she lost a childhood friend…

7 things meme

Like Kelly Christopherson I haven’t officially been tagged on this one, but with two open invitations from plurk friends, I’m guessing that I shouldn’t worry and just jump in. So, seven things that you don’t know about me: I love to sing. If I could just figure out how to wrap it into my day…

Cross Posting – Pie Wisdom

This was originally posted on my family food blog, but I thought that I should have it here as well. If you’ve already read this there, please pardon the redundancy: Paul C over at quoteflections asks: What is your skill which has been developed through practice and experience? You have respect for this skill and…

Cold and Apples

I have been saving the last of the Wolf River Apples, carefully stored in the basement refrigerator for the holidays.  I made an apple pie at Thanksgiving using them, and the last ten pounds will be for Hanukkah applesauce. Wolf River apples are unusual for two reasons: they are HUGE, the size of a large…

Remember

I teach this senior elective on the autobiography and memoir.  Right now we are reading a group of writers who always make me think: Lucy Grealy, David Sedaris, Anne Lamott, and Harvey Pekar.  A wonderful assignment from last week was to write (after reading Sedaris’s “Twelve Moments in the Life of and Artist” from Me…