Cool Stuff – Home & Family

Mary Ellen to Wellesley and Everything In Between

This morning I went to visit my great-aunt’s freshman year roommate. But more than that, her lifelong best friend. Her name is Mary Ellen. My great-aunt Gray was a very special and unique character, and if you’ve read the first few sentences of Food Heroes you’ll see what I mean. Mary Ellen and Aunt Gray spent their entire lives diligently corresponding via snail mail and would pay each other visits […]

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Sparkill Book Party

I’m not sure where to begin, but to put it quite simply, this is the story of “Camp Chaos.” It’s been a fun, whirlwind of a book tour so far, lots of plane rides and new faces, and public speaking, and sweaty palms, and good parties. And lots of book signing. I don’t have writers cramp yet. I’ve decided that I never will. But somewhere between the dewy air of […]

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Tofu Mayonnaise

Grandma P. is in rehabilitation. She’s slowly getting her movement back. But she is not pleased with the situation. She said, “Well I guess you’re learning a lot about life, aren’t you.” Then she said, “I’m learning a lot about life too.” One of the last things we made together was tofu mayonnaise. She really loves tofu and its magical powers, about as much as she loves stevia. In fact, […]

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The Largest Chicken Egg In History

Okay, maybe not ALL of history. But in the history of my Rhode Island Reds. One of them squeezed THIS out the other day. I think it’s a triple yolker. Is that even possible? I’ve seen some big ones, but this takes the cake. Remember all the ones I showed you way back when? Like these and these? Go girls go!

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Happy Birthday America!

In honor of the 4th of July, I will likely do three things: 1. I will be thankful for this great country we live in and for all those who have fought to preserve it. 2. I will squirt Reddi Whip directly into my mouth because it’s fun, and I’m on vacation. And sometimes you have to eat cream that squirts out of a can to remind you that you’re […]

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Lorenzo and His Gals

Ever since making the transition from Loretta to Lorenzo, he has done a very diligent job of ruling the roost. Every day Lorenzo stands watch over his girls to make sure they are comfortable and laying. While the other girls roam around and eat worms, Lorenzo stays focused, and paces back and forth along the laying boxes, making sure everything is A-OK. He doesn’t go out looking for extra plump […]

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Turkey Chase

This is Mr. Turkey who roams around the yard a lot. Turkeys mock me as you recall. There used to be a big flock of twenty or so, but this ol’ Gobbler is alone these days. I’m not quite sure why. He seems to prefer to hang out with the cats, chickens, and guinea hens. He thinks he’s one of them. That’s more his crowd. I chase him sometimes to […]

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Honey Bee Healthy

Remember yesterday how I showed you a glimpse of a strange figure in a hazmat suit wandering through the woods? That was my dad. He only comes out of his hiding place to feed the bees. My interactions with him are solely when he’s wearing netted head gear. Just kidding. But we do both have hermit tendencies. But we overcome them when society demands it of us. He enjoys interacting […]

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A Day at Tulipwood

I’m in New York this week to visit Grandma P. who is in the hospital, as you’ve probably gathered by now. In the past 48 hours, I’ve spent a good amount of time cleaning out her house, in addition to making her tofu pudding because she won’t eat the hospital food. I’ve also had a few adventures, and made some discoveries. For example, I found a book on making wine at home, […]

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My Grandma

Sometimes you have so many thoughts twirling in your head, that you don’t know what to say at all. Sometimes all of those thoughts and emotions get wrapped up into a ball and it’s easier to leave them there for a while. Sometimes it’s easier to spend a few days writing about clams. It’s taken me a few days to write this. I kept trying, but I couldn’t do it […]

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