The miracles of Notre Dame

The miracles of Notre Dame

The first miracle of Monday’s devastating fire at Notre Dame is that the 856-year old structure remains standing. The second is that her precious relics – including the crown of thorns – survived. And the third miracle (because we Catholics like to do things in threes) is that, thanks to the quick response of Parisian [...]

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 [...]

Here’s to my friend Jan on the 10th anniversary of her stroke

Here’s to my friend Jan on the 10th anniversary of her stroke

My friend Jan has always been one of our neighborhoods' more impressive residents. A cheerful whirling dervish, Jan worked as a school nurse, mothered two boys and greeted every weird medical question I had with a confident smile and a ready solution. In a general phone conversation with her once, I casually mentioned that I [...]