Happy 55 to the man who loves to drive

Happy 55 to the man who loves to drive

My husband turns 55 today, the perfect age for a man who loves crazy long road trips, respects all posted speed limits and monitors the stop signs outside our house with such Barney Fife-like intensity he scares drivers who dare to roll through. "Did you see that?" he'll ask me as he shakes his fist [...]

Skillet aspirations

Skillet aspirations

I seasoned our cast iron skillets yesterday. It took a couple of hours, two Google searches, a text conversation with two of my foodie children and four tablespoons of vegetable oil. That’s it. A little time, a little effort and those two pans emerged with a nice fresh outlook and a non-stick surface. I like [...]

License to renew my faith in humanity

License to renew my faith in humanity

Monday afternoon I received a phone call that affirmed my faith in humanity. As it came from an unrecognizable out-of-state number, and I’ve been fending off a five-year onslaught of unsolicited insurance robocallers, I considered not answering. But, the Sarasota prefix caught my attention and I worried it might have been regarding my mother, who [...]

Ice Ice Baby

Ice Ice Baby

There's something terrifyingly beautiful about ice, which hangs in rich abundance all through Minneapolis. It swoops down from rooftops like seasonal stalactites, stills mighty rivers and turns Minnehaha Falls into Minnehaha Stops-And-Preens-for-A-While. In town for some preliminary wedding planning and, fortunately, in the company of some of the warmest people we know, we stepped carefully [...]