take it with you

At the end of some weeks, what you really need is a pretty pink drink, you know? It’s not that this past one hasn’t been good—filled with kind people, strangers who felt like friends, unexpected work and unexpected rest—it has.…

Away from Here

Saturday afternoon, I went to Jamaica, from the comfort of my own back patio. I didn’t need a plane ticket or a passport, and there were no hotel costs involved. Instead, after preparing a chicken marinade the previous night—a puree…

THE coffee cake

Last weekend gave me other blessings beyond rest—things like roasted garlic hummus (twice! plus some roasted red pepper!) and a new cake plate I bought at the local antique store and, as a real surprise, an hour-long conversation with strangers…

just make these

Tomorrow’s the Fourth of July, which means fireworks, outdoor grilling, red-white-and-blue decorations and, for some of us, road trips through the night to the family cabin. That’s right: I’m saying that beginning sometime around midnight this evening, I will have…