Commitment to Myself (July U.B.C. Day 8)

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The heat rises around me as I settle down onto my heels and extend my arms out in front of me and lower to the floor. The quiet chanting coming from the speakers and the hiss of ujayi breath from the practitioners in the room seems to increase the energy emanating from the air, making me drowsy and heavy. I drop lower into my pose and my back opens as the breath travels down my throat and into the burning muscles. Read more

Ready, Set, Splash – Happy Fourth of July! (July U.B.C. Day 4)

My little boy loves the water and regularly lobbies Ernie Hemingway and me for a pool in our yard.  That will never happen, as we’ve both had lots of adventures caring for in-ground pools and don’t care to add to our tally, but as a concession we’ve designed a motley water slide path involving his play set slide, a blow-up wading pool, and a Slip ‘n Slide. Read more

Don’t Look Back (July U.B.C. Day 3)

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Learning recently that a settlement had been reached between the Central Park 5 and the city of New York, I was transported back in time to my senior year of high school and the fights I had with my mother over where I would attend college. Read more

I’m sorry; could you repeat that? (July U.B.C. Day 2)

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I saw my gynecologist yesterday and learned that at 45, I am more than likely menopausal.  Not peri-menopausal, but through it.  All the way.  Done.  Finished.  I haven’t had time to suss out how that makes me feel yet, but over the past twenty-four hours, it’s been alternating between euphoria and despair. Read more

When I Ruled the World (U.B.C. – Day 28)

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Cleaning my office, aka the laundry room over our garage, recently, I found a batch of photographs from my first trip overseas. A friend from high school had moved to Paris after college and routinely sent me postcards and letters regaling me with his adventures living the life of an expat. Everything sounded so glamorous, and I knew I just had to get my foot in the door so that I, too, could become cosmopolitan and mysterious, just as he had. Read more

Pasta alla Norcina alla Madness of Joy (U.B.C. – Day 27)

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Traditional pasta alla norcina is a dish that combines flavorful pork sausage in a light cream sauce. I loved this type of a dish as a child, however, since making the decision to keep a vegetarian diet, I’ve been trying to rework many of my old favorites. Because a large number of standbys are so dependent on meat, I’ve ended up creating entirely new recipes, and the one below is no different. Read more

Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip (U.B.C. – Day 25)

A perennial favorite in my house, it always gets gobbled right up.  I could eat a batch of this by myself for dinner.

This recipe makes 10-12 servings.  Although I call for Parmesan or Romano cheeses, you can use just about any type of cheese you want.  Cheddar always makes a good dip, and Fontina makes a really mild dip that goes well with lighter flavored crackers.  I use white pepper in all my recipes, as it provides the flavor without so much of the bitter taste so common in peppery recipes, but it’s all a matter of taste.  Make it your own! Read more

The People’s River and the Gift of Time (U.B.C. – Day 23)

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The Charles River snakes through the southern part of my town, approximately three-quarters of a mile from my front door. On the western side of the bridge is a small waterfall, the size of which belies the fury of the water tumbling over. One the eastern side is a calm in which an observer can lose themselves watching the pattern of the current. Read more

National Jelly Bean Day (U.B.C. – Day 22)

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Today is National Jelly Bean Day (NJBD).  Who knew there was such a thing?!  According to the National Confectioners Association, there are a plethora of fun candy holidays throughout the year, including one I’m quite sad to have missed back on January 8th:  National English Toffee Day. Read more