How Teddy Got His Name

Peter was bored…as bored as a young boy could be on a rainy day.  He sat at the top of the stairs with Teddy, sniffing the air filled with the smells of fresh from the oven blueberry muffins.  Mommy always liked to bake, especially when it was raining or snowing.   She told Peter that it…

A Thorn in my Palm

Yesterday was Good Friday and I chose this day to visit my parents gravesite and decorate with some beautiful tulips.  The flowerbed needed to be tended, and as I reached down, gloveless, to remove the withered leaves and dead flowers, a thorn pierced the center of my left palm.  I felt the pain, was able…

n’t, also known as NOT

Were you to pore over the pages of Webster’s Dictionary,  it would be difficult to find a more self-limiting contraction than n’t or its namesake…NOT. My brain went into overdrive on this subject as I walked the Canal-14 pathway this morning.   See, I believe that n’t and it’s shadow NOT are saboteurs.  We use these…

Wondering Aloud

Just have a quick question…there are people that we see frequently but whom we do not know personally.  We see them on our way into work in the morning, eating at the same place for lunch, or on the corner as we are turning at the light.  We don’t know their given names, but we…

The Big Red Valentine’s Heart Box

I had not expected to be home for Valentine’s Day this year but the airlines and the latest Winter Nor’easter conspired and my flight was cancelled, not once but numerous times over the past few days.  However,  I cannot say that I have been disappointed with the unexpected delay in my travel plans.  In fact,…

Creamy Tomato Gorgonzola Rice

For me, there is nothing better than the marriage of delicious vine-ripened plum tomatoes, freshly grated cheese, extra virgin olive oil, and basil.  I do not care what the base is…rice, pasta, polenta, fish, chicken, you name it.  With this combination of flavors, the dish will taste better. This dish was developed from ingredients that…

Sundays in Callicoon

Several years ago, Kai and Phil mentioned that they had gotten the most delicious produce from the farmers market, not too far from their home in Orson, PA.  It turned out, that the market was at the Riverside Park on Sundays, located on the banks of the Delaware River in Callicoon, NY.  I had been…

Rules for Princess Parties and Pennies…and Life!

I had a chance to spend a wonderful evening with my nine year old granddaughter, Anna on Thursday, preparing for a Princess Party which would be held at the home of her friend, Rylee the following night.  Anna loves one-on-one time and has no problem asking for it.  So, her call to ask me to take her to…

Okay…begin!

There is something about the combination of the two words, “Okay…begin” that cause the following reactions…heart races; pulse quickens; palms sweat; hearing dulls; focus becomes more intense.  Or, is that just me? During my school years, flipping over the infamous “Blue Book” for tests, continuing throughout my  career days, when knowledge tests were timed, computer-based fear providers,…