January 2013

Midwinter Soy Free Miso Soup: My New Favorite

January 31, 2013

  Deep in Midwinter, I remember Summers. Among those memories are wonderful visits with a long time dear friend from California, back when our children were younger. The summer Mike was 12, she came to visit with her first born, a beautiful, intelligent two year old, startlingly articulate for her age (but no surprise, since […]

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Full Circle

January 28, 2013

  My brain thinks better in circles than straight lines.  When I started having cognitive difficulties from the Multiple Sclerosis, one of the first things to become unpredictable was linear tracking. So I am lucky that I  am also at home thinking in symmetries, correspondences, any pattern other than a straight line. Perhaps I have […]

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On Pointe

January 21, 2013

  A dear e-mail friend of mine who lives near NYC loves the ballet passionately. In early December she kindly sent me a link to a slide show of Henry Leutwyler photos of the New York City Ballet on the Vanity Fair web site.  As I perused the photos, sitting in my pajamas at the computer, […]

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Rainbow Chard: Red Light, Green Light

January 16, 2013

The first Spring after I had been diagnosed with MS and was unable to teach at the university, I saw it as a long awaited opportunity to start a vegetable garden in my backyard. I don’t know why I was so sure of this: I could barely lift a shovel myself, let alone dig out […]

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Window, Tree, Sky

January 12, 2013

For the last 17 years, I have rarely traveled far from home. One notable exception to that occurred in the summer of 2001 when I flew to Albuquerque for an Integrative Manual Therapy Intensive at the Desert Light Clinic. My friend Fran had generously offered to go with me; she and her husband donated many […]

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Power to the Pineapple (and Hawaiian Holy Shadow Cookies)

January 8, 2013

When I was a preteen back in the mid 60s, a slumber party was a sign of popularity and prestige. The first one my mother let me attend was during the summer of my tenth year: Judy Matrangalo, a very popular girl in my class at school who lived around the block from me, was […]

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Educating Maria

January 5, 2013

 A long time ago I dated a charming young man from England.  We’ll call him Sandy. The first real date we went out on he took me to see a Michael Caine movie called Educating Rita. Sandy had been a student of mine in a writing class. He had been hard-working, respectful, and animated in […]

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