What does it take to live? Asked simply, the simplest answer is breathing and food. I asked Todd this question this morning, as I sat here for the fourth time since December 31st unable to think this post through. This post, by the way, is the last in a four-part series. Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and … Continue reading Thyme


Christmas Eve 2022. The morning is blindingly bright, the sun deceiving as the temperature hovers at 7 degrees. The index says it feels like -9. Like so many major weather events, the sunny day after often seems like a promise of better days. Or a terrible joke, depending on who you are. We have plans … Continue reading Rosemary


This morning the gray-soaked dawn is promising a blockbuster shitshow for everyone who has plans for the holidays. Well, except for at least two friends, whose planned family vacation was serendipitously scheduled to depart three days ago (I think it was 3 days ago, though the days for me are melting into one another – … Continue reading Sage


There have been a great number of deaths recently, both figuratively and literally. I, for one, have been reeling with what seems like a continuous and heartbreaking carousel of beloved and familiar faces exiting stage left – Kirstie Alley, Bob McGrath, Aaron Carter, Julie Powell, Jerry Lee Lewis, Leslie Jordan, Robbie Coltrane, Willie Spence, Angela … Continue reading Parsley


I am a huge fan of eleventh hour preparations but this year I bought my Halloween candy three weeks ahead of schedule. And proceeded to open the bag exactly two weeks and 5 days ahead of schedule. Still, I bought enough candy to feed a small country so I was completely disheartened when the rain … Continue reading Halloween