Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Gratitude

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving,
turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings
~ William Arthur Ward

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Totoro Family Recipes: Eggnog Streusel Muffins

I'm convinced holiday elves are responsible for transforming grocery stores from Halloween headquarters to Winter Wonderlands in the wee hours of November 1st. Warm fall colors are now festive reds and greens; candy corn gives way to ribbon candy; and delicious eggnog is now front-and-center on the dairy shelves.

I realize not all are fans of this holiday drink. Truth be told, I only indulge in  a glass each year. But I do enjoy the flavor and enjoy adding a bit to baked goods and morning coffee.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Hope

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul - 
and sings the tunes without the words - and never stops at all.
~ Emily Dickinson

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Friendly Ghosts

While retail stores decorate for Christmas,
I want to savor fall just a while longer.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Boston: Then and Now

When I visited the gift shop of the Museum of Fine Arts, I could not resist purchasing Old Boston: A Book of Postcards. In reality, it is more a collection of photographs taken around the turn of the 20th century.

I'm fascinated by time, and the concept that the more things change the more they remain the same.

This is particularly true in cities such as Boston which have a rich history spanning centuries. The landmark monuments are frozen in time amidst the glass and chrome skyscrapers of the modern era.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Totoro Family Recipes: Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs

For as long as I can remember, I have loved the idea of decorated sugar cookies: the variety of shapes, the colorful icing, and the whimsical decorative elements.

And every year since the kids were old enough to help me in the kitchen, circa 1992, I have made a batch of holiday cookies. I've tried a variety of recipes (although the one in this cookbook is the current favorite), watched numerous YouTube tutorials, and performed LOTS of culinary experiments. Somehow... my cookies never quite measure up to the gorgeous creations on the Food Network Channel.

My cookies don't measure up BUT... my girls create masterpieces.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Decaying Beauty

Autumn wins you best by this: its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay
~ Robert Browning

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Make Way for Ducklings

Make Way for Ducklings
by: Robert McCloskey
published by: The Viking Press
copyright: 1941

I'm not sure how I missed reading this delightful picture book when my children were young, but my grandchildren will be well-acquainted with its charm.

It is a sweet story of two ducks, Mr. and Mrs. Mallard, who are searching for a place to live and raise their expected brood of ducklings: "But every time Mr. Mallard saw what looked like a nice place, Mrs. Mallard said it was no good. There were sure to be foxes in the woods or turtles in the water, and she was not going to raise a family where there might be foxes or turtles."

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Reflections on 2016 Readathon

Yesterday I participated in Dewey's 24-hour Readathon for the first time since 2010.

It was a last minute decision. Less than 24 hours before the official start time, I reviewed my Saturday agenda and realized I was free most of the day. I've talked for months about reading more fiction, but fail to follow through. This seemed the perfect opportunity to jump-start a new reading routine.

I originally selected eight possible books, a combination of Halloween and Christmas, short stories and full-length novels. Obviously I was in the mood for thematic literature, just uncertain as to which holiday.

I set my alarm for 6:00am, but indulged myself another ninety minutes sleep. I began reading at 8:15 ... about an hour after the official start time. I decided to begin with a collection of Victorian Ghost Stories and focused on that genre for the entire day.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Reflecting...

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.
~ Pablo Picasso

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