Life is Short. Fidelity is Sweet.

A new fruit The pomegranates I brought to the kids’ class I teach on Wednesday evenings were a fascination all evening long. The kids had never seen this fruit, and they wanted to touch and handle the pomegranates. They kept asking me about “those things” during the entire lesson. I had also brought grapes, but they weren’t interested in grapes. Because I made them wait until the end of the story, they were especially intrigued … Read more

How Reading Exercised My Mind

Once Upon a Bookworm Ever since I can remember, my sisters and I have been called bookworms. Folks who called us that were sometimes frustrated and sometimes delighted. We didn’t mind. What better things to do with one’s mind than to travel, fantasize, solve mysteries, and dream of love, all in the comforts of home? We visited the local library regularly (and paid enough overdue fines to pay the librarian’s salary). Our mother provided books … Read more

What’s a Cook To Do?!

I don’t know how it is for you, but dinner hour at our house can be quite hectic. Ed Asner says that raising kids is part joy and part guerilla warfare.  I suppose cooking for kids falls under that category as well. What’s a cook to do when the taste buds are as varied as the children?  In my house, the vote is an even 4-4 for margarine or mayonnaise on sandwiches.  On hamburgers, we … Read more

Why Our Kids Didn’t Celebrate Halloween

The land of Halloween – and pretend and make-believe When the clock struck midnight, Cinderella’s chariot turned back into a pumpkin. The white horses became mice again and her lovely dress diminished into rags. In the land of fairy tales, good things happen to good people and bad things happen to bad people – and the lovers live happily ever after. We know it’s just pretend, but we still enjoy the magic in the land of … Read more

Who I Am When No One Is Around

“It’s just up the road, about half a mile after the church,” my neighbor told me. “The pumpkins are sitting out in the yard. It’s the honor system, you know,” she added. The honor system, I mused. We hear about making the honor roll and about honors given to people for specific accomplishments. Yet this is a different kind of honor. This idea of an honor system speaks of trust. It expects and believes the … Read more