Family and Friends

Julia "Who"

It was 4:30 in the afternoon when the phone rang. It was Doris Koplin, Chairperson of the local planning committee and  longtime friend. She got right to the point. “Do you have room for two more for dinner?” I hedged. Hmm...I’d have to re-set some tables, re-portion some food. She continued without missing a beat, “Julia loved your menu and wants to come to yo…

Clam Digging

I never cook clams in Martha's Vineyard that I don't think about the first time our family went clam digging... We waited all day for the rain to stop and it was late afternoon when the sun broke through. We gathered rakes and buckets and water shoes. The water continued its drip off the roof and sprawling oaks as we piled into Audrey, our ancient station wagon, a rusty retiree from the c…

A Tribute to Laura Rozo

 When we travel through life we never know when we will encounter another human whose presence and whose circumstances are so compelling that we must reach out. This is what happened when I first heard about Laura Rozo and invited her to come chat one afternoon last December.   What first struck me was that she, who was ill and dying, had more life energy in her than most peopl…

"Top Chef" Meets Google

 My husband eyes the overstuffed bags of groceries in the back of the car and starts hauling them in. “I know why you got so much food,” he said. “Our son is coming home.”  “Yeah, and I now I am competing with Google”, I replied.   Most kids away from home and out in the business world are nostalgic for their mom’s home cooking…

Baby in the Nest!

Two years ago I wrote about the first pair of osprey to build a nest on the osprey pole that we share with our neighbors, Garth and Ollie Edwards, who are in their mid nineties. Their appearance and industrious efforts raised great hopes for permanent nesting at a location that had been empty for around 20 years. Alas, their nest was  flimsy and they abandoned it. Last year, hopes onc…

Beach Breakfast

If you are hungry when visiting my house, then it is your own fault. At least that is what I tell any guest who is reticent to rummage through my fridge and pantry to find a snack or lunch, but especially breakfast. I generally don't prepare breakfast for anyone but myself. In fact, with all my work lately to get my book out, I try to block off every morning for writing and website work, e…

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…

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 …

Holiday Self Care

It’s November, almost Thanksgiving. Once again, lifestyle magazines are offering “tips “ for navigating the holiday season. You know-making perfect decorations, gift wrapping shortcuts, holiday menus and recipes galore, or creating new family traditions and rituals. The overall message of this barrage of “useful” information is that we, mostly women, can &ldqu…