Monthly Archives: January 2012

At the berwyn sears

One of the first tests of my teenage life was acquiring tickets to the Bruce Springsteen concert.  My friends, KDM and KAW, and I camped out overnight at the Sears in Berwyn (the one with the garbage statue and the … Continue reading

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Shadows and windows

My recent window photograph got me interested in how light works, especially during the dreary days of winter. There was an oh-so-brief moment of sunshine today, flirting with the intermittent snow flurries, and I wanted to capture that moment. Curiously, … Continue reading

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Intertextualizing five-year olds

I visited Monkey Man’s class yesterday, and his teachers shared with me his story dictation (parent helpers and teachers take dictation while the kids tell stories, and then later the class acts out the stories as they are read aloud). … Continue reading

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The most perfect food on earth

That would be the potato. I love its many variations. Growing up, however, I was not such a huge fan of potatoes, and I trace my disregard to the staple boiled and mashed potatoes that we ate in my house. … Continue reading

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Are the bulls on tonight?

Monkey Man’s dinner table question: “Are the bulls on tonight?” Grandma’s answer: “I think so.” Monkey Man: “You can’t catch me, na na boo boo.  He cheated. The bad guys cheated the bulls, Daddy.” Gorilla Girl: “The coaches need to … Continue reading

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Sunday dinner: a ritual that sustains us

Sundays have become family meal times, like the old days when we had a big ham or a roast on Sundays, late in the afternoon.  A couple of weeks ago, when I made B &B Roast Chicken, we ate early, … Continue reading

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Dinner and dancing — the french way

We don’t have fancy dinner parties, but because I have been on a cooking jag, it is always good when we can cajole friends and relatives into coming to sample whatever new recipe I’ve decided to try. I know that … Continue reading

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Windows

Roused from sleep by the warmth of cuddling five-year olds as the sun washes over us, with the promise of a weekend ahead. Sleep deprivation and the aches and pains scrunched in a corner of the bed matter not.

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Quatre-quarts: four by four mistakes

When I read the directions for Dorie’s quatre-quarts, this week’s French Fridays recipe, I thought, “Oh, how simple, I’ll double the recipe and make two!”  Dorie notes that the recipe is simplicity itself — four parts each eggs, flour, butter, … Continue reading

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“Một con vịt”: what “sisters” teach

When Monkey Man and Gorilla Girl were three, we visited an older Vietnamese woman, Nu, who taught them a little Vietnamese–counting from one to ten, the words for airplane, dog and duck. Nu also was a surrogate grandmother who fed … Continue reading

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