My laptop crashed last night, just after I’d uploaded the weekend’s photos. I fought with it a while, with just enough expertise to recognize futility and just enough inanity to hope my repeated pounding on an offending key might somehow revive the thing. Panic set in quickly as I realized I had not backed up […]
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For the longest time, Thanksgiving has ruled like a proud peacock at the top of any chef’s holiday menu. The big bird has gone unchallenged for centuries, by avoiding the nostalgia of Christmas or the spirituality of Easter, but purely sustaining itself as one gigantic meal. Well that’s all about to change, because there’s a […]
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The sweetest treat of Molly’s 16th birthday turned out to be a full house. All three of her older siblings turned up for the occasion, which we celebrated, among other things, all weekend long. Sixteen can signal freedom in this country and a significant mark of passage. Molly’s brother Vinnie gave a Croatian key chain […]
Take two long legs, soft brown hair and freckles across a nose A constant smile, a patient ear and beautifully painted toes Mix a cup of kindness, a pure heart with a love for classic books A gift for writing, a flair for fashion, even while she cooks Patterned sturdy aprons, sarcastic thoughtful wit 1920s […]
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They broke it to us gently prior to any public announcement. Still, it came as quite a shock to see the bright red sign in our beloved neighbor’s front yard. “For Sale By Owner.” We won’t have to look at the offensive sign very long, I’m sure, because this particular owner is a retired real […]
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My friend Gina challenged me last week, on a typically frantic day. At the time, I had no idea what the ice bucket challenge was. I just knew I didn’t have time to dump a bucket of ice water over my head. Still, as they all tend to, this challenge nagged at me. I admire […]
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By the 12th time you’ve moved a student into college housing, you and your kid have lowered your standards considerably. Carefully annotated check lists? Not necessary! Labeled plastic bins? Clearly, a waste of space. (Thankfully, because I’ve never labeled a plastic bin in my life. I like the festive, scavenger hunt atmosphere of a frantic […]
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Yesterday morning I lay on my sweaty back, watched the neighborhood geese V up for their annual training flights and fought back my annual panic at the fleeting nature of life. Summer lasts a moment around here and there’s still a lot to pack in. That sand-in-your-toes feel, sticky ice cream taste, campfire smell, lapping […]
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With a simple, stapled songbook and some old campfire songs, retired choral director Mr. Jim Heiks and his merry band of rock star carolers told the story of music. We found them loosely grouped under a shade tree on a sunny Saturday afternoon, Cory Chisel, Langhorne Slim, and Hillary Reynolds, cheerfully singing children’s songs as […]
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Navigating the 50+ venues hosting 220 bands and solo artists at this year’s Mile of Music Festival required the kind of preparation and organization that tends to elude Molly B and Me. Fortunately, for this year’s festival, we had Katherine Biskupic, who sent us pre-festival playlists at regular intervals in the weeks leading up to […]