Peter Piper

Peter Piper

I have no logical explanation for the red and green explosion that is happening right now in my family room, where a couple of seeds we planted 2½ years ago continues to produce a plethora of peppers that would make Peter Piper proud. Against all odds, those little red hot chili peppers rooted themselves in [...]

Baby Mine

Baby Mine

I once spent the 11 days before Christmas rocking my two-year old daughter Molly while she sat limply in my lap, feverish and hoarsely demanding I sing "Baby Mine." So, I did. Over and over. Every time she fell asleep, I'd try to ease us both off that chair and she'd lift her head and [...]

Cherry season

Cherry season

Some seasons seem to pass more quickly than others, maybe because they are so sweet. Cherry season, for instance, rolls in gently on a cloud of soft, pink petals, produces bright red bursts of tasty fruit and disappears too soon, leaving behind an ordinary tree -- still sturdy, still useful, but far less interesting. Houses [...]