Monthly Archives: August 2011

Chess Pie: Nothing But Sweet

When I was a child, chess pie was my favorite dessert.  Chess pie is a phenomenon of Tennessee and perhaps Kentucky.  It is not subtle.  It is rich and sweet and buttery.  It has some characteristics in common with caramel … Continue reading

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Riders On the Storm

It’s Saturday, and we’re just starting to feel the edge of Hurricane Irene where I live, north of New York City.  It’s raining steadily, but the violent winds and heavy rain haven’t arrived yet.  I keep hoping one of the … Continue reading

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Culinary Disaster by Act of God

When I was in high school I took cooking as a challenge, particularly baking.  I was much more ambitious then than I am now.  There’s nothing like energy and not knowing how hard something is to get one into a … Continue reading

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The Way We Were

The other night I watched the PBS special of Barbra Streisand performing to a small audience at the Village Vanguard, “One Night Only,” recorded in 2009.  Never having been a huge Barbra fan, I was surprised at how moving the … Continue reading

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Bad Photography and Good Memories

It poured rain today, so I finally embarked on a chore I’ve been avoiding–going through old photos.  I have five or six file boxes full of envelopes with prints and film in them, going back for several pre-digital years.  One … Continue reading

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Too Much Sharing?

An article in The New York Times today addressed how people handle the proliferation of social media sites http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/11/fashion/digitally-fatigued-networkers-try-new-sites-but-strategize-to-avoid-burnout.html?_r=1&ref=fashion .  Some folks are even threatening to start a boycott or cut back their usage.  It’s a far cry from the old … Continue reading

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Kangaroos in the Woods

Some years ago I went to Australia and New Zealand with my boyfriend.  He was attending a young lawyers’ convention in October, and I was along for an exotic vacation.  The convention was at a hotel in Sydney.  We had … Continue reading

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