• Posts Tagged ‘vocation’

    lenten journal: the question is . . .

    by  • March 2, 2012 • Uncategorized • 5 Comments

    My little school is imploding. I have much the same feeling as I did when I worked in my first restaurant which was a small tea house owned by a woman who had always wanted to own a restaurant, so she found an empty space, took out a second mortgage, spent a lot of...

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    on vocation and vacation

    by  • February 2, 2011 • Uncategorized • 10 Comments

    I turned down a job last week. I was surprised, actually. The position was Chef and Kitchen Manager for a local shelter that serves about 650 people a day. I would have had a chance for my careers as minister, chef, and teacher to integrate in a way I have not experienced. I even...

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    recipe for living

    by  • September 7, 2008 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    The beginning of the school year has meant a move for me. I’m back at Duke, as the chef for a restaurant my boss contracts to run on the Duke campus. We are open Monday to Thursday nights, and then I still work Sunday nights at the restaurant where I worked this summer. I...

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    grade and grace

    by  • July 13, 2008 • Uncategorized • 4 Comments

    Two things have spoken to me this week: music and muffins. As I’ve mentioned before, part of my daily ritual at the restaurant is to make the English muffins that serve as the buns for our hamburgers and shrimp burgers. The recipe takes time, so as I’m walking in at eight each morning I...

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    it’s my job

    by  • May 22, 2008 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    A few weeks back I was on my way home from work when Ginger called to say the main sewer line running from the house to the street was blocked and she had called a plumber, but he had not yet arrived; if I needed to go to the bathroom I should stop somewhere...

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    hakuna batata

    by  • October 13, 2007 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    I’m watching Chef walk an interesting creative line these days. He’s in the process of making some menu changes that work to incorporate his culinary creativity with the fact that our restaurant is, as he puts it, “in a meat and potatoes town.” Instead of each steak on the menu having a different starch...

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    building bridges

    by  • October 4, 2007 • Uncategorized • 4 Comments

    One of the ideas that continues to intrigue and haunt me is that most of the world lives their lives without knowing or knowing of me and they don’t miss me either. I even posted a poem about it called “Spokane.” This morning, I’m sitting in Foster’s Market and Café in Durham, which has...

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    by  • September 28, 2007 • Uncategorized • 5 Comments

    Yesterday was our Schnauzer Lola’s seventh birthday and my brother’s forty-ninth. (I suppose that makes them the same age.) Today, my friend Doug is fifty years old. By coincidence, today also marks my four hundred and fiftieth post since beginning this blog on December 27, 2005. Eliot said we measure our life in coffee...

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    dress to disappear

    by  • August 10, 2007 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    When I get to work, one of the first things I do is change into my white double-breasted chef’s jacket and don an apron to begin my prep work for the day. (I provide my own chef’s pants and shoes – and there are both made specifically for the professional kitchen.) Chef does not...

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    a boy named sous

    by  • July 11, 2007 • Uncategorized • 24 Comments

    I got the gig! It’s no Holy Grail, but there was much rejoicing. Yay! In between the opening and closing sessions of our Avalanche Ranch VBS, I drove down to Plymouth to talk to the Chef and came back with a job as his sous chef. I’m pumped. I call back tomorrow to find...

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