A perfect pepper promise

A perfect pepper promise

Even on the grayest days, we have a cheerful reminder that neither spring nor love ever fails, though sometimes they do take their time. We have other reminders too -- that challenged roots grow deep, tiny shoots are stronger than they look, basil makes everything taste better and grandparent vigilance stands eternal. All this because [...]

Grandma’s saving bonds

Grandma’s saving bonds

Tomorrow my grandma is buying my daughter Katherine a new computer. She won’t be skimping either. That’s not her way. Grandma always had a nose for quality, in solid wood furniture, in warm winter coats and, especially, in people. A housecoat-wearing, tea-sipping, force of nature who welcomed family and banished dust with equal passion, Grandma [...]