Olives

Olives

When people usually think about a holiday dinner, they imagine turkey, cranberry sauce, the usual staples, along with their own customized favorites, sweet potato pie, creamed onions, frozen peas. When I think of that special dinner, which I traditionally make twice a...
Buzzed!

Buzzed!

I’ve always wanted to do it. But I’ve always been afraid to do it. We all have challenges we face fearlessly, and we all have issues that terrify us. One of the worst things we do to one another is ridicule one another because those issues differ from person to...
Fall Farm Morning

Fall Farm Morning

All of us, post-storm cold morning In the tiny cabin. Pups cozy in kennels Till almost eight—when Jess runs them to the big pen And starts up the garden gen—power for this keyboard. Tap tap tap in the old, cold lean-to that is my office. Cassidy’s soft laugh from the...
Heavy Metal Surgeon

Heavy Metal Surgeon

I’d never had surgery before, so I was uncertain what to expect when I walked through the doors of the Tahoe Forest Ambulatory Surgery complex in Truckee last week. It was 6 a.m. I was past being nervous at that point. I found myself determined, grateful, and open to...
Thoughts about Mom.3

Thoughts about Mom.3

Growing up, gifts were important to us. We didn’t have much money; it was the thought that counted. My parents’ birthdays and Mother’s Day and Father’s day were particularly important. That’s where the liquid powder comes in. I was nine...