Month: December 2019

The Best of It

2019 exhausted me more than giving birth or having a heart attack. A list of a few of the people who have kept me sane, along with a sample of their work, would include (in no particular order)….

Recipe Wednesday! And Droning with Tom: Away in a Bronx Manger

Seen on a Bronx street corner upon the darkness of the winter solstice, it’s strangeness disappears and its wonder magnify.

Happy Birthday, A Christmas Carol!

It was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge,” Dickens wrote. “May that be truly said of all of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless us, Every One!

Recipe Wednesday! Mrs. Cratchit’s Plum Pudding

I’ve always thought I should make my own plum pudding but I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that it calls for suet. I love suet. It is my version of Proust’s madeleine–not as classy, I know, but just as evocative a memory, recalling my mom’s Sunday roast beef dinner cooked with a healthy slab of suet on top that kept the meat moist and added a rich flavor of its own. I just couldn’t see it playing any part in a cake.

Recipe Wednesday! Part III The Marines on the Truck

“We’re Marines, we have a work ethic and know how to suck up pain. We both could handle the bullshit that’s out of our control. It made it easy to say screw it and go for the food truck.

Droning with Tom: A Mighty Echo

I am happy every time I walk about Paterson.