Today it's been 14 years since my dad died, and in most ways, it seems like longer than that. I've done a lot of living - maybe too much? - in those 14 years. But I can still hear his voice in my head, and I can still feel the hug he gave me in our d...
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
I've always been drawn to the things we're not supposed to talk about. I remember the night when, toward the end of writing A Homemade Life, I got into bed, switched off the light, and suddenly was hit with a very bad idea, an almost electric impulse...
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
I started my Monday by listening to Blood Orange until my ears fell off, which was nice. Then my friend Jenny told me to watch this (old-news) video (that I somehow had never seen before), and with that, my week is off and running. Hi to you. Now, bu...
Monday, October 3, 2016
It doesn't look like much
Helloooooooooooooooo. I didn't mean to be gone for so long. I know what some of you were thinking, and I am delighted to report that I did not give up on blogging. I also did not die. But it's been a long, hard, dizzying summer, I will say that, with...
Friday, September 23, 2016
Out here, up here
Today I come to you from Sitka, Alaska, where I've been since last Saturday, leading a writing workshop on memoir and place. I'm among the faculty for the first-ever Sitka Arts and Science Festival, a week of multi-disciplinary cross-pollination and ...
Friday, July 22, 2016
I am not, in general, someone who keeps a running catalog of her favorites: favorite movie, favorite book, favorite song, favorite color, favorite number, and so on. A couple of decades ago, if pressed, I might have offered The Shawshank Redemption a...
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
The opposite of fancy
In August of 2014 - which, for those who are counting, was twenty-two entire months ago - I mentioned my friend Natalie's "famous cucumber dip." A bunch of you asked for the recipe, so I e-mailed Natalie, and she sent it promptly. The recipe is not f...
Monday, June 13, 2016
It seems lately that I’ve found a lot of good reasons to not cook – or, if I do cook, to not cook anything new or anything that requires more than a passing thought. I’m a big champion of scrambled eggs for dinner, as you likely kno...
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Every year, my friend Brandi takes her preteen niece Paige on a trip for spring break, and this year, June and I went along. Last week, the four of us spent four days exploring the Grand Canyon and nearby Antelope Canyon, eating trail mix (the kind w...
Monday, March 28, 2016
Dino's Tomato Pie
Yesterday, my mom took June to the aquarium, and Brandon and I spent the day at Dino’s Tomato Pie, hanging photographs on the walls and making lists, getting ready to open the day after tomorrow. Like Delancey and Essex, Dino’s is owned b...
Monday, March 7, 2016