Rigged

Every year the winner’s of the Palisade Peach Festival’s baking competition have their recipes published in the local paper and every year I say I should enter.  It would be fun I tell myself and yet I’ve never followed through until this year. The adventure started when my book club chose a novel called, “Kitchens of the Great Midwest”.  The online description didn’t enthuse me at all, but out of loyalty to the club I went to Barnes and Noble to at least flip through it. When I found the […]

Every year the winner’s of the Palisade Peach Festival’s baking competition have their recipes published in the local paper and every year I say I should enter.  It would be fun I tell myself and yet I’ve never followed through until this year. The adventure started when my book club chose a novel called, “Kitchens of the Great Midwest”.  The online description didn’t enthuse me at all, but out of loyalty to the club I went to Barnes and Noble to at least flip through it. When I found the [...]Keep reading...

Peanut Butter & Jelly Burritos

We were driving to a meeting with his job coach when Chase asked, “Mom you don’t have a $12,000 coat do you?” I laughed. “No, I don’t have a $12,000 anything.” “Well did you hear about Hillary Clinton’s coat?” “I saw something on Facebook about it.” “Can you believe that?”  “Yeah I can.  Designer clothes are expensive but to be fair men in the presidential race spend a lot of money on their clothes too.” “Not Bernie Sanders.”  He had me laughing. “Probably not.” “I’ll be glad when the election […]

We were driving to a meeting with his job coach when Chase asked, “Mom you don’t have a $12,000 coat do you?” I laughed. “No, I don’t have a $12,000 anything.” “Well did you hear about Hillary Clinton’s coat?” “I saw something on Facebook about it.” “Can you believe that?”  “Yeah I can.  Designer clothes are expensive but to be fair men in the presidential race spend a lot of money on their clothes too.” “Not Bernie Sanders.”  He had me laughing. “Probably not.” “I’ll be glad when the election [...]Keep reading...

Quacked

“Hello, this is going to sound silly but I’m calling about a couple ducks with injured legs.” The young man answering the phone laughed. “This is the Department of Wildlife ma’am it doesn’t sound silly.” “Oh good, well these ducks were born in my yard and moved to the ponds behind my house. They’re eight weeks old and something’s happened to two of them. They’re struggling to keep up with the rest of their family and I’m worried.” “Can you capture them?” he asked. “Probably not.” “You can’t get close […]

“Hello, this is going to sound silly but I’m calling about a couple ducks with injured legs.” The young man answering the phone laughed. “This is the Department of Wildlife ma’am it doesn’t sound silly.” “Oh good, well these ducks were born in my yard and moved to the ponds behind my house. They’re eight weeks old and something’s happened to two of them. They’re struggling to keep up with the rest of their family and I’m worried.” “Can you capture them?” he asked. “Probably not.” “You can’t get close [...]Keep reading...

Bigger Than Me

School was easy for me.  That’s not to say I was a scholarly kid I just didn’t have anything working against me other than being a leftie.  When spiral notebooks are your worst enemy you don’t have much to fear. That hasn’t been the case for my kids and between the two Chase has had it the hardest.  I suppose that’s why in early spring when he sailed through the last class he had to pass to graduate I breathed a sigh of relief.  This was followed by more than […]

School was easy for me.  That’s not to say I was a scholarly kid I just didn’t have anything working against me other than being a leftie.  When spiral notebooks are your worst enemy you don’t have much to fear. That hasn’t been the case for my kids and between the two Chase has had it the hardest.  I suppose that’s why in early spring when he sailed through the last class he had to pass to graduate I breathed a sigh of relief.  This was followed by more than [...]Keep reading...

A Year to Remember

“This is a year to forget!” he wrote in his message.  When I first read it I laughed.  Rick with his perfect mix of humor and compassion had nailed it.  The saying “when it rains it pours” has come to mind often in the last year.  Between my health and my kid’s it’s been a physically and emotionally challenging year to say the least. When his message arrived, it was four weeks post-op and life without my gallbladder wasn’t going so well. Gone were the problems I’d struggled with before, […]

“This is a year to forget!” he wrote in his message.  When I first read it I laughed.  Rick with his perfect mix of humor and compassion had nailed it.  The saying “when it rains it pours” has come to mind often in the last year.  Between my health and my kid’s it’s been a physically and emotionally challenging year to say the least. When his message arrived, it was four weeks post-op and life without my gallbladder wasn’t going so well. Gone were the problems I’d struggled with before, [...]Keep reading...

Turtle Soup

I sat down winded.  I’d rushed to get to youth group Wednesday and needed to catch my breath.  The kids were lining up to get their dinner so I had a minute to collect myself before I had to be sociable.  The dinner I’d inhaled at home felt like dead weight in my stomach. It must have shown because the minute she sat down, Chloe the group’s most inquisitive member said, “Does your stomach hurt Kären?” Chloe would never lean over and ask me anything quietly so now all eyes […]

I sat down winded.  I’d rushed to get to youth group Wednesday and needed to catch my breath.  The kids were lining up to get their dinner so I had a minute to collect myself before I had to be sociable.  The dinner I’d inhaled at home felt like dead weight in my stomach. It must have shown because the minute she sat down, Chloe the group’s most inquisitive member said, “Does your stomach hurt Kären?” Chloe would never lean over and ask me anything quietly so now all eyes [...]Keep reading...

See What You Want To See

As I started to walk past her she motioned with her head toward the floor.  Her eyes locked on all the change.  She knew I would stop and pick it up. It was quite a bit—a dime and several pennies. “How many is that now?” she asked. “A little over 23,000.” “You’re kidding me?” “Nope.” Then it started.  A rant from Stephanie I’d never heard before.  In the few years she’s worked at our neighborhood store I’ve gotten to know her enough to be on familiar terms. I know what […]

As I started to walk past her she motioned with her head toward the floor.  Her eyes locked on all the change.  She knew I would stop and pick it up. It was quite a bit—a dime and several pennies. “How many is that now?” she asked. “A little over 23,000.” “You’re kidding me?” “Nope.” Then it started.  A rant from Stephanie I’d never heard before.  In the few years she’s worked at our neighborhood store I’ve gotten to know her enough to be on familiar terms. I know what [...]Keep reading...

Noticed

It was a comment that stuck in my head like a song you hear at the grocery store—one you’d never play at home like the theme song for Titanic.  Near, far, wherever you are you can’t get it out of your head. We were eating dinner and one of the boys asked me what I’d done that day.  “Clean the house,” I said. “Nice,” they replied in unison. It was a rote response.  They weren’t saying it looked nice.  It was simply an acknowledgment that I’d spoken.  Shaking my head […]

It was a comment that stuck in my head like a song you hear at the grocery store—one you’d never play at home like the theme song for Titanic.  Near, far, wherever you are you can’t get it out of your head. We were eating dinner and one of the boys asked me what I’d done that day.  “Clean the house,” I said. “Nice,” they replied in unison. It was a rote response.  They weren’t saying it looked nice.  It was simply an acknowledgment that I’d spoken.  Shaking my head [...]Keep reading...

Less Is More

Leaning against the brick wall of our hotel, the woman’s blonde hair was matted and her brown face weathered and worn.  She barely raised her weary eyes to us as we passed by and mumbled, “Can you spare any change?”  On her lap was a handwritten cardboard sign that said she had cancer. My husband and I had just arrived for a much-needed getaway in the Gaslamp District of downtown San Diego.  Downtown was a stark contrast of glistening luxury hotels and high-rise office buildings and rough, dirty transients roaming […]

Leaning against the brick wall of our hotel, the woman’s blonde hair was matted and her brown face weathered and worn.  She barely raised her weary eyes to us as we passed by and mumbled, “Can you spare any change?”  On her lap was a handwritten cardboard sign that said she had cancer. My husband and I had just arrived for a much-needed getaway in the Gaslamp District of downtown San Diego.  Downtown was a stark contrast of glistening luxury hotels and high-rise office buildings and rough, dirty transients roaming [...]Keep reading...

Tall As a Tulip

When the President said, “All in all, this has been a tough week,” in our nation I couldn’t have agreed more.  Every headline was awful—bombings, manhunts, explosions, and Congress waffling on gun control.  Man’s free will in a variety of ways, shapes, and forms at its ugliest.  It was sickening. Desperate for something cheery I stopped at the store to buy some flowers.  Fresh cut anything in a vase makes me smile.  Flowers are my best comfort food—aromatherapy minus the calories. When I asked the florist what she had that […]

When the President said, “All in all, this has been a tough week,” in our nation I couldn’t have agreed more.  Every headline was awful—bombings, manhunts, explosions, and Congress waffling on gun control.  Man’s free will in a variety of ways, shapes, and forms at its ugliest.  It was sickening. Desperate for something cheery I stopped at the store to buy some flowers.  Fresh cut anything in a vase makes me smile.  Flowers are my best comfort food—aromatherapy minus the calories. When I asked the florist what she had that [...]Keep reading...
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