family traditions

deep and quiet is a long love

January 17, 2017
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“I spent an hour and a half cleaning out the fireplace,” I say to my husband of 29 years so he would know that I cared about our anniversary dinner. I want his memories of me to be slathered with the scent of my perfume and the smoke of the many fires we’ve sat around. […]

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food: fuel or nurturance?

January 7, 2017
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Does food preparation at your house feel tender and nurturing or like a slog through wet cement? This holiday season I was struck by the distinction of food as fuel and food that deeply satisfies. My daughter took hold of an avocado smashed it, added salsa, lime and salt. I couldn’t get enough. I warm […]

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a longing for christmas connection takes flight

December 24, 2016
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“If I’d known it was going to be this much fun, I wouldn’t have cried so hard when the kids left!” says my husband as we Christmas shop and lunch. I throw my head back with laughter. Then, instantly, a pain of guilt shoots through me, I’d never want the kids to hear us say […]

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love in a tradition

February 15, 2011
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I was a smidge late for Valentines Day at my house. My family woke to the altared space of peanut M&M decor instead of our usual treasure hunt for hearts. That’s OK. It made for a nice moment when everyone gathered after school and I had finally finished that last fabric heart.           The treasure […]

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