.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Columns

  • Use summer veggies at their peak

    My mother was German-Irish and she loved to cook cabbage. You will find cabbage dishes in every part of the country and in every culture. Like many vegetables, there are 100 ways to prepare and eat it. All cabbage types, if fresh, are a high and inexpensive source for Vitamin C.
    Eighteenth century uses of cabbage combined food with medicine. The Dutch thought it was good medicine for a cold in the chest. The Dutch way was to simmer cabbage in butter and oil, water and vinegar seasoned with onion, pepper and salt to make a hot slaw.

  • Psychic sales clerk

    “How are you today?” the sales clerk asked.
    I offered the standard, “I’m fine, how are you?”
    “I’m hanging in there,” she replied.
    “Okay, to be honest, I’m barely hanging in there myself. This has been a really crappy week,” I divulged.
    She came around the counter, and took both of my hands in hers. “Do you mind if I do this?”
    Given my strong Christian upbringing and background, I thought she was going to pray with me. “I don’t mind,” I replied. “I welcome it.”

  • Meaning and purpose
  • Making beautiful memories
  • Dusting off and doctoring the resume
  • Can my cross be padded and a bit smaller?
  • Turning over a new leaf

     Recently, I turned over a new leaf.  Once you turn a leaf over, it is sometimes hard to keep it from flipping back. But this one has stayed on the flipside for over 10 days, so I’m feeling optimistic. 

    I had been listening to friends discuss the dilemma of the toothpaste tube.  

    “Are you an end squeezer or a middle squeezer?” they asked. 

  • Learning to deal with tough times

     My main premise is that the most creative, healing and human way for a person to reckon with tough times is by living in the present with others, borrowing light from the past and hope from the future.

  • Words every son needs to hear from Dad

     I had breakfast with my Dad and my brother.  We laughed.  We talked about serious things.  It was one of those breakfasts that fathers and sons are supposed to have, but rarely do.  

    The three of us are richly blessed that we can do that together, and always look forward to doing it.  A story came up that I think surprised us so muchthat we all remembered it.  

  • Now That’s Italian

     I just had the pleasure of a trip to Italy. The history, art and food were awesome. 

    My grandparents came from southern Italy to America around 1907.  Most Italians brought their culture, food and love of family with them (so do most immigrants).  Anyone who has ever seen, smelled and eaten Italian cuisine felt the cooking was an experience of satisfaction and love of the good life.