What is it about soup? The outdoor temperature plunges, winds blow briskly and snowflakes accumulate ... and suddenly, the palate demands comfort food, a hearty bowl of soup with an aromatic bread on the side. Whether it's chili, chicken noodle soup or a chowder, a steaming bowl lightly satisfies taste buds with each spoonful delivering goodness from… Continue reading Chowder Comfort In a Chicken Soup World
Humans are visual creatures. If ever anyone doubted it, the wildfire blaze of an internet meme (such as this week's #TheDress) should immediately set those doubts to rest. Personally, whatever color it is/was, I thought it hideous. (I'm partial to pants.)For part of today and yesterday, my attention was elsewhere and I missed most of this hubbub. Then… Continue reading Can The Dress Stop A Bullet?
One of my friends has a loved one who suffers from chronic, unrelenting pain, a physical issue that rarely ebbs and can't be controlled by medications (since the guy chooses to remain aware of and active in the world around him). The man has a family and wants to hold onto his job, even though working… Continue reading A Devouring Angel of Light
A dear friend and I try to share lunch at a local restaurant at least every couple weeks. She and I have known each other for many years and our lives have traversed similar paths. Over the last year or so, both of her brothers have died so that now, only she and her 88… Continue reading Outside The Touch of Time
When I recently mentioned Vincent Van Gogh in my post about selfies, I decided to dig a little deeper into his life. I knew some of the usual details about his life ... admittedly, most of it garnered from a long-ago viewing of the 1956 movie, Lust for Life, with Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn… Continue reading There Will Be God In It
In spite of the hype of the 2015 Oscars last evening, it wasn't enough to lure me in. Don't get me wrong. I love movies, especially the films with well-drawn characters and a sensitive story line. (I'm much less interested in films that go for cheap laughs and ugly or superficial relationships.) If I'm going to… Continue reading Home Before Midnight
For a writer, reading the following words may strike right between the eyes: "How long will you hunt for words?" Maybe it was more of a two-by-four upside the head, but I definitely reacted to this question from Job 18:2. It's Bildad speaking, responding to Job's monologue from chapters 16 and 17, and Bildad comes out swinging.… Continue reading How Long the Hunt for Words?
With Spring 2015 now less than a month away, I decided today to take advantage of a break in the winter weather (it was sunny out and 45°). I trekked out to my raised bed garden (which I've posted about before) carrying the pruning shears with me. The delectable, ruby-red raspberries had a date with the… Continue reading Red As A Raspberry
When the media were all abuzz earlier this month with the announcement of Harper Lee's new novel, Go Set A Watchman (set for debut this July), I was intrigued. The first story I read was from The Guardian, explaining that this "new" novel was actually intended – alongside the earlier work To Kill A Mockingbird – to represent… Continue reading Beauty and Deficiencies of Age
In His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5) Jesus said, "A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid." Invoking the image of a city on a hill in a 1630 sermon to the Puritans (while they were aboard ship bound for Massachusetts), Governor John Winthrop explained his view of A Model of Christian Charity. Winthrop called… Continue reading The Oft-Tarnished City on a Hill