Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Garden Patch

I have an ambivalent relationship with vegetable gardening due to my youth on a Tennesee farm.  The upside of a vegetable garden is obvious.  We had homegrown tomatoes from about July 4 through the rest of the summer, juicy, sweet … Continue reading

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Mama’s Tea Cakes

I never knew my grandmother on my mother’s side; she died before I was born.  Mother’s stories about her made her sound like the taskmaster and moral guardian of the family, while Papa, Mother’s father, was fun-loving and mischievous.  Both Mama … Continue reading

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The Cold War in Clarksville

In the early 1960’s, my father drove ICBMs into underground tunnels for a living.  My mother knew what he did, but no one else knew, except the people he worked with in the arsenal hidden inside a hill. Every day … Continue reading

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Father’s Day Special II: The Right Way to Do Things

Ford Tractor, Like Daddy’s My daddy was a man who considered there was a right way to do anything, whether it was repairing a car engine or eating cornflakes.  He was not dictatorial or oppressive in any way.  Daddy just … Continue reading

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Father’s Day Special: Don’t Try This at Home

I’m the youngest of five children, and there are almost 20 years between my oldest sister and me.  Daddy turned 40 years old not long after I was born.  That’s not unusual today, but in my parents’ day they were considered … Continue reading

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Chocolate Pie: Fudge in a Crust

Chocolate pie is an emotional subject.  This was my sister Juanita’s favorite dessert years ago.  She had married and moved away, living everywhere from Hawaii to Germany with her Army-officer husband.  Every time she came to visit with her young family, our … Continue reading

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Family History: What’s Buried

When I was working for a nonprofit organization in New York City our diversity task force brought in a consultant to do sensitivity exercises.  The consultant had us all stand in a line.  First she called out statements that, if … Continue reading

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