A Heritage Look for a Gourmet Lunch

The Reason I Dressed A while back we were invited by our newly married friends to try a fantastic gourmet restaurant with them just outside of Modena....more

Curse of a Difficult First Name

If I could change my first name to anything I want, I would choose something common and easy to pronounce, but memorable enough to match my personality.  I have an ethnic first name that has two syllables.  Any person with a first grade education should be about to pronounce it correctly, or repeat it back to me when they ask how to say my name.  I gave up on correcting people about 40 years ago.  I have to pick my battles.  If I only see or talk to someone once in a lifetime, they can call me anything....more

You Look So Much Like Your....

My mother's side of the family has a very distinctive "look." All but one of her siblings is female, and they all fit a similar profile, not very tall, olive-colored Ukrainian skin, round faces and their father's freckles. Lots of freckles. ...more

There is No Such Thing as Half Italian

The other night, while guiltily attempting to enjoy the silence of a first-ever empty house, I settled into my sloppy, toy-covered living room with the remote and a fleece blanket. I was thrilled about the opportunity to watch adult television, at a normal volume, without the worry of tripping noisily over a toy, or sneezing, or breathing. The silence, though a blessing in the face of recent stresses, was ill-placed. I've never been without my children in the evening, and it was downright disquieting....more

Best Old House Neighborhoods 2012: Canada

I noticed today via a Facebook contact that Windsor - specifically the part of town known as Olde Walkerville - is featured on the This Old House web site: ...more

Be it ever so humble

We've lived in this house for just over three months now, the latest in a long line of residents who have called this place home over the past hundred years or so. (One hundred years! I never thought I'd ever live in a place of that age, and sometimes wish the house could share its stories of all of those who came before. What an interesting conversation that would be!) ...more
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Going Home

Home is where the heart is.  But, for my daughters, their hearts aren’t just under my roof.As internationally adopted children, I know a part of them still resides in their birth countries.  As they grow up as red, white, and blue Americans, Elle is still Russian, and Bunny is still Guatemalan.And I love that about them....ContinueLanita Moss A Mother's Hood ...more

Ancestors Gotta Eat!

http://ancestorsgottaeat.blogspot.com/ Who doesn't love to eat? I love to cook, collect cookbooks and old recipes, and delve into genealogy and the garden dirt as well. I also love to travel and spend time with my family, friends and my dogs. Sounds like a jillion other blogs? Maybe so, but I have been pondering what to do with the wonderful old family recipe boxes I have received, and I decided to share them by scanning in the handwritten cards and blog with them!...more

Teaching My Daughter What It Means to Be Korean

I grew up in a pretty white-bread neighborhood. You're practically handed a loaf of Wonder Bread when you enter the city. OK, so maybe I exaggerate, but until I was in junior high, I thought my brother and I were the only Asian kids in town, and we were certainly the only ones in our school. ...more

It's never too late to embrace a tradition, even if that tradition is a combination of ...more

On Loving Adopted and Biological Children: Turns Out Mom Was Telling the Truth

I am the eldest of four children; my brother and I are adopted from Korea. (My mother gave birth to my two sisters later.) She always told us that she "loved all of us the same," regardless of whether we were her adopted or biological children. I mostly believed her. I didn't think about the difference too much when I was young. It was when I got older that I began thinking about my mysterious blood relatives. I also wondered if parents could truly love their adopted children as much as their biological children. Was there a real difference? ...more

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