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Monthly Archives: December 2010

The Patchwork Sweater

This essay appeared in the Plain Dealer’s “Her Say” spot in 1997, a few years after my mother-in-law’s death. A family friend just asked for a copy, and when I dug the old clipping out, it seemed like a good thing to recycle on this Christmas Day. I’d love to have you respond with memorable-gift stories (not necessarily […]

Accompaniments to Cooking

I imagine I’m not the only one to put on my favorite music while I’m cooking. Then there are some pieces that are special to this season. Our regular Christmas cd’s are satisfactory accompaniment, except John’s Slovenian Christmas album. And he’s not even Slovenian. Sorry. I just don’t like it. My favorite Christmas-baking cd is Respighi’s Ancient Airs […]

The Gender/Cookie Theory

During this cookie season, my husband’s theory always comes up. To wit: women prefer crispy cookies, while men prefer chewy, soft ones. At a holiday party the other day, a lady fell into the appropriate demographic. When I offered her one of my home-baked chocolate chip cookies, she asked if it was soft. Yes, I […]


Yesterday we had a big snowstorm here in Cleveland. My drive home from work – normally about half an hour — took five hours. That’s right. Five hours. 2:30 to 7:30. Broad daylight to darkness. Along about the three-hour mark, I was thinking I could have driven to Canton, our hometown, and back again. At […]