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Favorite Fiction – Books

Just the other day, my daughter, a voracious reader, asked me to send her a list of my top 10 favorite books of all time. I knew this list would take a lot of thought on my part and, as I was pressed for time, I emailed her my list of some of the books I’ve read over the past couple of years. Yes, I do keep a list.  Mainly, I think, because I would forget that I’ve read something and would, for the very same reasons I was attracted to it the first time, re-purchase the very same book months later. I’ve done that.

Anyway, I sent a list to Jeanne that contained a rolling list of more than 80 titles. promising her I would get to her specific request ASAP. But try as I may, I still have not determined my 10 all time fiction favorites – I don’t know if I could ever whittle down all the books to just 10 favorites. But here are a few titles that would likely make the list.

The Red Tent by Anna Diamante

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

2020-06-01T16:44:49+00:00June 2nd, 2020|Minding Our Minds|0 Comments

Are Cookbooks Really Obsolete?

“No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers.”

Laurie Colwin, whose words these are, was, among other things, a food writer for Gourmet Magazine.  I’ve always liked this quote and think of it whenever I am alone in the kitchen.

I love to cook and have lots of cookbooks.   But the image on the right comes from the collection of my friend, Lynn.  Needless to say, Lynn is an excellent cook and a truly gracious host – this is only a portion of her collection.

With all the recipes available on the internet today, why, you ask, do people still invest in cookbooks?

As one who gets recipes from many different sources, including cookbooks, I can think of a lot of reasons to actually buy a cookbook.  First of all, let’s look at internet recipes.  I’m a messy cook and I have a tiny kitchen.  Got the picture?  Liquids splash, flour fills the air.  Trying to keep my device clear of all these mishaps is virtually impossible.  […]

2020-06-02T00:18:26+00:00June 2nd, 2020|Minding Our Minds|0 Comments

What We’re Cooking

Who doesn’t love…chocolate cake?   

Certainly not me.  And this is the best recipe I’ve found.  I love everything the Barefoot Contessa makes – cooking, baking, libations…I mean everything!  This is a winner.  I’m gluten free and make this with GF flour and it’s still wonderful.  If you’re a chocolate lover, you’re in for a real treat.


2020-06-02T09:52:24+00:00June 2nd, 2020|Minding Our Bodies|0 Comments

Weavers, All


There’s a lot we can learn from spiders.

As I sit here at my desk waiting for a blast of inspiration, something shimmering in the morning light attracts my attention. I’ve told you I’m easily distracted and here is proof positive. There on the window ledge, between the storm and screen, drapes a beautiful work of art…and I behold!. An industrious spider is spinning a brand-new web. As she works, her creation becomes covered with glistening gems of morning dew. My wandering mind starts doing its thing.

I remember learning that while most all spiders have the ability to produce silk, it’s only the females of certain species that can spin these amazing webs. (If you’re an arachnologist reading this and it isn’t true, I sincerely apologize. Please correct me by using the comment button below.)  As I try to follow her strands from one connection to the next, it doesn’t surprise me that this is the work of a female. This intricate creation requires planning, patience, the need to unite, connect, relate.  Sound familiar?

As I muse about weaving and connecting, I am reminded now of the Navaho weavers – creators of incredibly […]

2020-05-26T15:02:55+00:00May 21st, 2020|Minding Our Spirits|7 Comments