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Organizing Your Craft or Office Closet

After my first undergraduate Physics exam at Columbia, I remember sitting on the stone steps in front of Pupin Hall and crying.  It wouldn’t be the last time an exam […]

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Five Days in Ubud --- Bali

Stepping off the plane in Denpasar and climbing into our driver’s car, the smells and sounds of the island enveloped me.  The humid, sticky air smelled of savory charred chicken […]

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Making Vegetable Wax Candles

Many years ago, when I lived in Seattle, I purchased candles at the Ballard Farmer’s Market from Julianna, the creative mind behind Ascents Candle Company.  Julianna creates beautiful pastel ombré […]

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A Guide to Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Elie and I recently spent a long weekend with family on Salt Spring Island, lucking into blissfully warm days filled with blue skies. We took our car over on the […]

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Grilled Summer Salad with Haloumi

There are moments when I’m awed at how beautiful life with Elie has become.  Last weekend, standing in my sunny kitchen listening to the sound of laughter surround me, I […]

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Tahini Cookies from Shalumit Yard

I don’t have much of a sweet tooth. Actually, I have a recovering sweet tooth, being a formal SnackWell cookie binger.  Back in the mid-90s, I drank the fat-free KoolAid, […]

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Whole Roasted Cauliflower

I want to warn you that this post starts with sadness, in case you need to save this reading for another time.  But, it ends with friendship and a recipe.

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Out on a Limb in Israel (A Guide)

She stood, barely taller than the bottom of the apricot stand, biting into the fresh fruit with relish. “Metzuyan!” she declared. We followed her lead and asked for a basket […]

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Asheville, Nashville & Kentucky Home

Miranda Lambert's lyrics are stuck in my head.  I know they say, you can't go home again.  I just had to come back one last time. We sat at the […]

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Pimiento Cheese & Spicy Sesame Wafers

I don’t know why my childhood holds such vivid memories of pimiento cheese.  Mom didn’t make it often, so I mostly indulged at church potlucks and in the homes of […]

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