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The Art of Compromise

I now live in a new city. I chose an elegant apartment building with wonderful amenities. There’s a sky lounge with breathtaking views of downtown Dallas, a clubhouse with a social kitchen, a media lounge, an incredible pool area with ...

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What Makes a Holiday

It doesn’t matter the holiday, our traditions and rituals always seem to be a seriously important part of them.  The day doesn’t seem properly completed without them.  Some are religious, others cultural and many, ...

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No Regrets

As a woman of a certain age, I often awaken in the wee hours of the morning for no apparent reason.  When I do, I typically open my laptop, read some emails, cruise Facebook a bit and soon I’m ready to return to slumber.  ...

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So Many Pumpkins

I’m mostly there.  Only three or four boxes remain.  The last 10 days have been a little overwhelming.  The movers just kept bringing boxes up until there were mountains of them and a few paths making me think of Collyer’s mansion – ...

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Crazy Delicious

Whenever a holiday is approaching or a dinner party is planned, you can find me surrounded by open cookbooks on all sides.  Pages torn from Food & Wine or Gourmet magazines litter the floor like autumn leaves.  I pore ...

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Something Out of Nothing

How do you make something out of nothing? You combine equal parts time, imagination and joy. Mix well, bake and voila! Sprinkle with a little silliness, if desired, and enjoy! I think, my favorite people are those who can make ...

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Easter Grain Pie

I sip my coffee on this Saturday morning and the house is quiet – except for the cookbooks screaming at me from the shelves in my home office. “Why are we still sitting here closed?! We should have been cracked open days ago! Lists ...

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Small Plates

Good things, really wonderful things don’t usually wash over you like a tsunami wave all at once and in abundance but, rather, come in small bits – a little taste here, a dribble or drop there, like a crack in the wall of the mundane. ...

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Mr. Rogers Neighborhood

I received another email from my Dad. They come with some regularity now. He and my Mom have moved into assisted living and to say he is having trouble adjusting is a bit of an understatement. His messages are disjointed, angry and ...

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Changes

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes Turn and face the strange Ch-ch-changes Don’t tell them to grow up and out of it Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes Turn and face the strange . . . . . .   For many years, our dining room was the setting for every ...