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Packing up a lifetime taught me to only ...

I’VE DISCOVERED HOW TO GET RID OF CLUTTER—TAKE ON SOMEONE ELSE’S

April 25, 2019

Now that my mother is living in a nursing home, my brother, sister, and I have been tasked with dismantling her apartment. As anyone who has been through this knows, it’s a major job. Dealing with the memories…

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Notre Dame Smoldering Cross https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/notre-dame-cathedral-what-could-be-lost-inside-1.5099419

NOTRE DAME, WHAT IT MEANS TO ME AND WHY I FEEL BLESSED

April 18, 2019 2 Comments

The last time I walked into Notre Dame I just stood there looking around while my eyes adjusted and this massive building came to life. I took it in, all of it at a glance: the space, the art, and the incredible majesty of this cathedral. As I entered the sanctity of Notre Dame...

A chill went through me...

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Brasserie Lipp Paris France My experience

WHAT YOU NEVER WANT TO HEAR IN A PARIS RESTAURANT

April 11, 2019

Over the hundred and thirty-nine years the Alsatian-inspired brasserie Lipp has been open, it has become a Parisian institution. The New York Times wrote: “It has been the place to be seen for generations...it was one of my father’s favorites...since it didn’t take reservations…everyone had to wait in line, but...

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Paris Apartment Clock and Orchids Ty Pennington website

SO MUCH BETTER THAN IMAGINED—BUT NOT EASY

April 04, 2019 1 Comment

I have a hard time admitting that a plant once intimidated me. But in my defense, it wasn’t just a plant, it was orchids! They’re exotic—they have their own rules.

Everyone has a different way of taking care of them: “Water them every two weeks.” “Only use half-a-cup of water.” “Put the pot in a water bath for a few hours every week.” One orchid came with a label that said ... But nothing prepared me for what is happening. . .

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Not communicating is a pandemic How to solve

COMMUNICATION—IT’S HARDER THAN I EVER IMAGINED

March 28, 2019 3 Comments

The state of our politics and our growing inability to communicate effectively with people who have different beliefs than we do has become an epidemic. . . a perfect example of how confusing communicating can be. I was asked to do the same job, but how I conveyed my solutions had to be. . .

So how do we talk to each other so we are actually communicating?

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Marble Cake Recipe and a story about communication

YOU WANTED TO KNOW—MARBLE CAKE

March 21, 2019 2 Comments

I was with my mother in her room at her new abode.

As I sat facing her, I began to read last week’s post, Cooking through a Child’s Eyes, about the time we baked a marble cake together. I wondered if she remembered the event that. . .

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COOKING THROUGH A CHILD’S EYES—MAGIC IN THE KITCHEN

COOKING THROUGH A CHILD’S EYES—MAGIC IN THE KITCHEN

March 14, 2019

The first time I saw magic happen in the kitchen I was six years old and wanted to help my mother cook. I’d follow her every step and move, clinging like her shadow, struggling to see what she was doing. Inevitably, she’d turn around and trip over me. It wasn’t optimum for either of us, so when she told me we were going to bake a special cake and I could help … “there is a surprise at the end,” she promised…

I beamed with joy…

Cooking is full of mystifying moments that are…

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Fresh Food vs Fast Food—is that even a question?

Fresh Food vs Fast Food—is that even a question?

March 07, 2019

The last time I took a train that had a dining car was right after I graduated from high school.

Walking into the dining car, I was flooded with memories of childhood trips. It looked exactly as I remembered: the tables were set with clean white tablecloths, cloth napkins, china, silverware, and gleaming glasses—just like in an old movie. 

I was excited and hungry for French food. My first taste was . . .

 

 

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WWI Artillery Shells

WE SAID IT WAS A TOY — THEY SAID IT WAS A BOMB

February 28, 2019 2 Comments

The apartment my mother grew up in Paris was large. My grandfather was a médecin, a doctor, and the apartment included his office...

During World War I, he served as a doctor and, like so many veterans, he brought home a souvenir. His choice was a big artillery shell, about eighteen inches tall with a twelve-inch diameter—a bomb. Proudly he displayed it in his office...

What could possibly go wrong?

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NO MORE EXCUSES FOR STAYING SILENT

NO MORE EXCUSES FOR STAYING SILENT

February 21, 2019 1 Comment

I had a strange and unpleasant experience a few weeks ago, and it still haunts me—probably because it adds to a chorus of experiences that I have chosen to not talk about. But now I have to: 

A few weeks ago, eight of us were dining at a local restaurant. As we were finishing our meals, a police car stopped in front of...

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WHEN PASSION AND ADVERSITY MEET–THE RESULT CAN BE SURPRISING

WHEN PASSION AND ADVERSITY MEET–THE RESULT CAN BE SURPRISING

February 14, 2019

Years ago, I lived in a loft in lower Manhattan. The first time I saw the space I fell totally in love with it. It was perfect, or so I thought.

The building was located on Reade Street, the old mercantile area of downtown NY. The space was originally . . . 

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THE SURPRISE REVEALED—A NEW USE FOR POST-IT® NOTES

THE SURPRISE REVEALED—A NEW USE FOR POST-IT® NOTES

February 07, 2019

This week, I promised I’d tell you about a simple method I came up with that made setting up the party incredibly easy. However, before I do, I need to go back to the party to fill in the ending. How could I have forgotten to tell you . . .

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