• snowflake sunday

    by  • November 27, 2006 • 3 Comments

    Since she got back from sabbatical, Ginger has made a point of preaching on some difficult texts and topics, rather than simply choosing the Gospel reading from the lectionary. She has been doing a great job. This week, her text was “the last words of David.” Her choice of subject sent me back to...

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    most of all that love has found us . . .

    by  • November 23, 2006 • 5 Comments

    The last pie is in the oven. Since I got a late start, there are only eight, most of which will end up on someone else’s table tomorrow. OK, half of them will be somewhere else. I made a couple of old favorites (chess, pecan, pumpkin, blueberry), a new one (chocolate whiskey pecan), and...

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    talk about pop music

    by  • November 22, 2006 • 8 Comments

    Several months ago, I was walking down the aisle of our local Target store when a mother and her son, who looked to be about ten or eleven, rounded the corner and started coming toward me. They were obviously having a fight. I only heard one sentence. The mother said, “You’re right. I don’t...

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    thankful boy: part two

    by  • November 21, 2006 • 4 Comments

    About a month ago I found out I was going to have to work on Thanksgiving. The Red Lion Inn has a long history of serving dinner on Turkey Day and we serve a lot of them. There are three seatings – 11:30, 2:30, and 5:30 – and over three hundred people will stuff...

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    thankful boy

    by  • November 20, 2006 • 5 Comments

    I love Thanksgiving. It’s about not eating alone – what can I say? I can begin by posting a couple of recipes: cranberry sweet tarts the best apple dip ever We’re not talking gourmet here, but we are talking quick, easy, and pretty darn good. I’ll have a few more recipes as the week...

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    faith and phyllo

    by  • November 17, 2006 • 6 Comments

    One morning this week, as Ginger and I were eating breakfast and getting ready to go to work, Martha Stewart was on the Today Show showing how to make some nifty Thanksgiving dishes. One of the things she showed Meredith Vierra how to make was a Sweet Potato Soufflé Pie. She made it all...

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    kitchen philosophy

    by  • November 16, 2006 • 3 Comments

    In the deepest throes of my depression, one of the things for which I was most grateful was Ginger wasn’t depressed. The Power of Two became increasingly evident to me: we thrive because we take turns having a hard time. The viability of any group of people relies on an assumption that we won’t...

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    it’s a small world

    by  • November 15, 2006 • 4 Comments

    We live in a small world. Most of the time we use that sentence to mean we are all more aware of the whole planet: I listen to the BBC on the way to work in the morning; I have a link to Al Jazeera (in English) on this page; we can buy produce...

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    a good kind of tired

    by  • November 14, 2006 • 1 Comment

    I had the kitchen to myself today. Since I was gone this weekend and it turned out to be one of the busiest of the year at the restaurant, I worked today so the others could have a day off. I got to the Inn about 10:15 am and left around 10:15 pm, with...

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    random notes

    by  • November 13, 2006 • 2 Comments

    Farrier was the word on the way to Birmingham; pedorthics was the word on the way home: “the art concerned with the design, manufacture, fit, and modification of foot appliances as prescribed for relief of painful or disabling conditions of the foot.” On the flight from Atlanta to Manchester, I sat next to a...

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