November 2011

Week 1, Day 4: Real

On a cool November evening, I walked up to my friends’ house, just a couple of minutes late for dinner because of the rush hour traffic. They had invited a couple of us to share some leftovers, and I was hungry. As I approached the door, I noticed the beautiful potted flowers sitting on their […] Read more

Week 1, Day 3: Roots

Friends were coming for dinner Sunday to light the first Advent candle, so I decided to make stew – a thick, rich stew full of root vegetables and hearty chunks of beef. Saturday, I had purchased four long, skinny yams from an Amish farmer with a bowl haircut. His stand at the farmers market had […] Read more

Two Gratitudes

Yesterday, my friend Kelly and I attended a live production of It’s a Wonderful Life. With such a classic story from the movie we all watch during the holiday season, I wondered whether a local cast could pull it off. All morning I was doing my best Jimmy Stewart impression, “Mary, Mary!” my gravelly voice […] Read more