Best Shrimp Creole

Recently, I watched on TV a food truck chef make Bread Pudding in her truck. It looked delicious and I remembered I often made Bread Pudding based upon a recipe from the following book: I lost the book and mentioned this to Susan. And guess what? She bought me a copy. It’s a great cookbook,Continue reading “Best Shrimp Creole”

Susan’s Birthday

Yesterday, Friday, January 8th, was Susan’s birthday. When I woke up on the day before, the 7th, I thought the 7th was the 8th. Before she woke (on the 7th), I scrambled to wrap her present and make her card. (See Freddy above sniffing at her card and present.) Soon she came out of theContinue reading “Susan’s Birthday”

A Favorite Poem; “Kicking the Leaves”

This is a favorite poem. “Kicking the Leaves” by Donald Hall.   Kicking the leaves, October, as we walk home together from the game, in Ann Arbor, on a day the color of soot, rain in the air; I kick at the leaves of maples, reds of seventy different shades, yellow like old paper; and poplarContinue reading “A Favorite Poem; “Kicking the Leaves””

Autumn Painting

Follow me. There is a path up ahead. I can see it. I have been here before. Follow me across the stone bridge. It is beautiful. Follow me. I have to finish painting. And then I came home to paint.

Pretty Photos

Just some recent photos from the last days of September and first day of October. Leaves in our backyard. Monarch Butterfly. I love this photo. And they are still visiting the garden! Mittineague Park, West Springfield. Down the street from where we live. Gooseberry Farms. Down the street from where we live. Gooseberry Farms. GooseberryContinue reading “Pretty Photos”

An Interview with Bruce Barone

A few weeks ago, my friend,  Gretchen Smith Matthews,  an Inspirational Blogger, wrote on her website (Saving her words here on my site for remembrance.) “Bruce Barone is a professional photographer I ‘met’ through Instagram and who I’ve followed for about 2 years. I truly enjoy seeing the joy-filled photos he posts of his garden,Continue reading “An Interview with Bruce Barone”

Chicken Thighs with Fennel, Plums and Red Onion

Susan found this recipe for me. Based on the following recipe from Melissa Clark of The New York Times. According to the newspaper: “Beautiful to behold and easy to make, this sheet-pan dinner combines sweet plums and soft red onions with crisp-skinned pieces of roasted chicken. Toasted fennel seeds, red-pepper flakes and a touch ofContinue reading “Chicken Thighs with Fennel, Plums and Red Onion”

A Garden Needs Weeding

Yellow Tiger Swallowtail Ruby-throated Hummingbird In my garden I am Weeding I know not the names of the weeds They surround my plants I do know my back and leg muscles Will ache the next day I am on my knees Two hours on my knees I think this  is a form of prayer ManContinue reading “A Garden Needs Weeding”

Honey Mustard Cilantro Baked Chicken Thighs with Veggies

This is based on a recipe from Joyful Healthy Eats. She called for using thyme which I have growing in my garden but it was raining cats and dogs and I had a bunch of cilantro in the fridge so I used that instead. A big plus; this is a one pan dish! Ingredients 4Continue reading “Honey Mustard Cilantro Baked Chicken Thighs with Veggies”


On Friday In Springfield, Massachusetts I waited in the waiting room At the urologist’s office. I waited and I worried. I prayed and I meditated. I said my Mantra. I said the great I Am. There were a handful of us there Waiting with our masks on; Our face-coverings protecting us From the virus. IContinue reading “I AM”