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Hangout! Skype me, Grandma!

Enough about the loss of contact and community that is engendered by our modern obsession with electronic gadgets,Twitter, Facebook, blogs and smart phone apps! Let’s forget for a moment about the daily online and print reports of cyber-bullying, sexual predators, and addictions to online pastimes.  Last Sunday gave our family a chance to experience the best use of internet co…

Birthing a Book

                             Several months ago I wrote a blog about pressing the "send" button on my manuscript for "Children of the Stars". That seems like lifetimes ago. Almost nothing has captured my attention or focus but the work of finishing this book. I am almost there.The proofs will be back in a week or s…

Meditation and the Four-Fold Way

I like to use this framework in introducing the practice of meditation to new students. It is adapted from  The Four Fold Way by Angeles Arrien.  The Four-Fold Way is an ancient system of guidance for living a life of balance and integrity practiced by Native Americans and other indigenous peoples for millenniums. Today we may apply those same principles to the learning and prac…

Children of the Stars

Today was like any other Thursday. I walked the dog, drank my tea, shuffled papers in my office, went to the gym, and spent some time answering and sending emails. Now it is 8:30 in the evening and I am taking a moment to pause and remember that today was not just like every other day. Today I sent in the manuscript for a book I have been writing for a very long time. It will be published …

Steve Jobs: A Reflection

As I reflected on Steve Jobs passing last evening, I was saddened that a man of such vibrancy and accomplishment had passed from our presence at such young age. I wondered about Steve Jobs the husband, father, friend. It is a different kind of mourning for those close to him and than for those of us who never met the man. But mourn we will.Like the thousands, perhaps millions, around the w…

Answering the Island's Call

My friend, Jan Pogue, who is the Editor and Publisher of Vineyard Stories in Martha's Vineyard invited me to write a guest blog for her website this week. She has published some wonderful books about  Martha's Vineyard and the people who live here. Miles away from the island while I wrote, it was a sweet remembrance of what this beautiful piece of geography has meant to me over the …

Goodness Grows

I sat alone at my dining table after a taxing two and a half day drive to the Vineyard. It was an exquisite May evening, the last rays illuminating the newly occupied osprey nest and the tops of pine trees and oaks. The front door was thrown open to welcome the crisp air as it swept away the cobwebs of a long winter away. I regarded the salad, my first harvested from my very own garden. I …

Our Own Private Bin Laden

"Ding dong! The witch is dead."  Americans and our allies flock to the streets to dance and sing, weep and drink in celebration of the death of Osama bin Laden. For nearly ten years we have spent untold resources to pursue and achieve his end. Thousands have died, both innocent civilians and our own young fighting men and women, many of whom were inspired by the events of 9/11 to joi…

Greeks Bearing Gifts

As the Easter season approaches, I am reminded of another one, long ago and far away. The story is one of the first I wrote when I began writing about my life in food and the people with whom I have shared so many meals.               Adam’s introduction was a godsend for two weary travelers with no itinerary, not much…

Wally-World

He looks like a little fluff muffin, but his fuzzy-around-the-edges demeanor belies an independent spirit and a soulfulness you can see in his dark liquid eyes. Wally, a half Maltese and half poodle with an almost all white coat came to be a part of our family just a year ago. A younger friend who is still in the whirlwind of  little league, carpools and school meetings as she raises …