Hawt Chocolate

We made a deliciously rich and decadent hot chocolate recently that I decided must be a part of my #2020s20HolidayCrafts. I insist you make it immediately then sit back with a good book and one of those arm-knitted throw blankets and have yourself a merry MERRY weekend-before-Christmas. This recipe is adapted from a Southern Living... Continue Reading →

Away. At The Manger

December 18, 2010 Mom had been incoherent for a long time. Alzheimer’s turned her into a completely different person for the last eight years of her life. I sat next to her in the assisted living cafeteria. Dad was at the piano playing Christmas carols for the room filled with other residents, staff, and family.... Continue Reading →

Deeply thankful.

Since Scott works next week, we decided to have our Thanksgiving dinner together on Friday. When your family is sitting down to turkey next Thursday we will be in the oh-no-not-turkey-again stage of leftovers. This was supposed to be a table set for five. Our children were going to be here all at one time... Continue Reading →

A CHRISTMAS MEMORY by Truman Capote

Illustrator Beth Peck elegantly illuminates the words of Truman Capote as he tells the story of the uniquely loving relationship between seven-year-old, Buddy, and his 'sixty-something'-year-old distant cousin, living in the same house. 'We are each other's best friend.'⠀ They make cakes together every year as the weather turns cold and fly homemade kites when... Continue Reading →

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