Nostalgia: The Christmas Mixing Bowl

If you were to sneak a peek into our kitchen cupboards you would find - amongst the utilitarian nesting stainless mixing bowls, the variously-sized modern black stoneware stove-to-table bowls, and the ornate glass serving bowls - a well-used, scratched and worn, slightly-yellowed white plastic bowl from days gone by. This plastic bowl was manufactured at some point in either the late 1960s or early 70s - long before any kind of knowledge of leaching chemical toxicity had seeped into the awareness of the general public, long before the need for dishwasher- or microwave-safety standards. ...more

Childhood Christmas Nostalgia

As I was sipping a cup of Silk Road's "Spicy Mandarin" tea, I realized that my memories of Christmas past and dreams of Christmases present and future are inextricably linked to the scents and flavours of the holiday season. ...more

Winter Nostalgia

Rushing around doing All The Things and getting ready to attend a Christmas party this evening, so today it's just a quick post in the form of a photo share... one of my favourites from a winter long ago. ...more

To Lie or Not to Lie - The Santa Dilemma

I grew up in a house where there was absolutely nothing and no one worse than a liar.  Every crime is substantially worsened by the commitment of a lie to hide your responsibility....more

Scattered Pictures

Twenty-seven years ago (ACK!!), I moved into my first apartment at Georgetown with three classmates.  It was like playing house--walking to Safeway to buy groceries, making Quick Corn Light Bread from my mother's recipe, using the carpet sweeper, fighting over whose turn it was to buy toilet paper, throwing dinner parties.  We had so much fun.  And of course it seems like it all happened yesterday....more

Nothing Like a Fabulous Pair of "Kicks!"

Describe an outfit that makes you feel good.Bette Middler said it best, “Give a girl the correct footwear and she can conquer the world.”My Superwoman shoe is a vintage set of teal colored Nike Air Icarus. It was given to me as a gift from my grandfather in 1993. They were my very first pair of running shoes and sadly, the only possession I carry from the days when my Lolo (grandfather) and I ran every weekend at Ypao Beach, Guam....more

Twenty Years of Journaling

As a kid who read Holocaust memoirs and most every thing written by V.C. Andrews, I had this morbid fantasy about dying young and having my diary, you know, live on and touch the world. Well, thank gawd that did not happen. Because after perusing two decades worth of diaries this weekend, I can tell you with certainty, I'm no Anne Frank. I am, however, a prolific journaler. (Journalist?) ...more
@Julie McKee Heinrich I'm with you. I've been in a dry patch lately, but am looking forward to ...more

CONOCIENDO A MARIANA

En mi primer artículo no empecé por el principio,  muchos de ustedes no saben quien  soy,  sólo unos pocos me conocen  y los demás no están seguros   porque solo saben mi sobrenombre.DONDE NACI?Nací  en un país incomparable, de caminos ondulados y montañas cuadriculadas, de  volcanes ardientes como su gente,  de ciudades  pintorescas  con Iglesias monumentales y conciertos  de campanas ....more

Indulging in Nostalgia: My First Job

Something that has always amazed and intrigued me is the way certain smells - even the tiniest of whiffs - have the ability to instantly trigger a flood of memories. ...more

What's the Dispatch Code for Stealing a Wagon Wheel?

Somewhere in a Kirksville, Missouri police station there sits a file bearing the names of me and my husband, all thanks to the Great Wagon Wheel Caper of '99.It wasn't premeditated; but I don't know that it could be called a crime of passion either. It was more an incident à la alcohol, if you will. But what did you expect? We were just college kids after all....more
@Denise Thanks for the giggles :)more