This morning was not the best to redeem a writing promise. It was 3 degrees. Fully autumnal and fully chill. It froze my brain. I forgot what I intended to buy and forgot to take pictures of my local market … Continue reading
Ghosts trail after us. They are our fears and the shape of our hates. We bring them into our lives and into our homes.
Some years our fears and hates are so strong our ghosts turn tangible and fracture our landscape.
Poltergeists and the spirits of drowned girls; malicious presences and portents; cat vampires and roaming bushrangers.
These ghosts haunt Canberra.Continue reading
Life is never quite what it seems, even without the lost family heritage delivered to Judith and Belinda in boxes.Continue reading
This past week, I made a menu that came out heavy on the meat. We had ribs, ham, hamburgers, and chicken. It wasn’t on purpose–I just wasn’t paying attention. Maksim, my youngest, asked about some vegetarian dishes, and I said … Continue reading
by Phyllis Irene Radford The Daughters of the British Empire was founded as a social club for War Brides who emigrated to the US with their GI husbands. It quickly evolved into a national organization that raises money for charity. … Continue reading
by Brenda W. Clough I don’t know when scones became popular in the US, but it has been within my lifetime — I do not believe I saw them when I was a girl. For the scone as it is … Continue reading
by Phyllis Irene Radford In 1971, my husband and I took a belated honeymoon in Scotland — his ancestral home. At one of our many stops in a tourist shop we picked up a book Recipes from Scotland by F. … Continue reading
by Brenda W. Clough Agh, I knew this would happen. I knew that Americans have two kinds of muffins: English muffins, and muffins. Regular muffins look like this: These are from Starbucks, which means you can walk into … Continue reading
Don’t expect rational clarity from me. The whole muffin thing is a Gordian knot, and if you try slicing through it all you end up with is crumbs. When I was a kid, there were muffins and there were crumpets … Continue reading
by Brenda W. Clough Britain and the United States are divided by more than their common tongue. The Atlantic Ocean, pooh — a mere pond. What really divides us is our food. There are so many examples of this, that … Continue reading