On Mom, mushrooms, and times of scarcity and abundance

I’m standing in my kitchen wiping down button mushrooms. In my head, I wonder how I can make them last longer. The news of food shortages here in America, the land of plenty, is why I’m now thinking of ways to make fresh vegetables and fruit last longer and to stretch meals. Meat packing plants …

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Celebrating spring in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Sunshine spread warmth over snow-covered jagged mountain peaks and sloping hills dusted with white. In the valley, meadows burst with new growth; green grass and clover, yellow dandelions and buttercups and tiny white daisies stretched young leaves towards the sky. It was the first day in May 2019 in the Bavarian mountain resort towns of …

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Crazy First Love

Happy Valentine's Day! It was 1975. The Shephard Air Force Base (AFB) launderette that morning was almost empty, only two other airmen had also tumbled out of bed at dawn to wash clothes. Outside, in this part of Texas, early October felt like late summer, at 7 o’clock it was already warm. Inside, the sounds …

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Memories of Momentary Magic: Takeaways from a Daytrip to the West Highlands of Scotland

Dolphins. Seals. Otters. Catching a glimpse of those was always on my wish list anytime I found myself near a loch (lake) or shore while in Scotland. That’s why my head, on auto-pilot, turned left to scan the sea as soon as I stepped out into the cool, salty air surrounding Mallaig. Disappointed, again, I …

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People you may meet on a train to Edinburgh

“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” Gloria Steinem With a low electric hum, the train moved over the tracks leading from Glasgow’s Central Station. Across the aisle, two women took seats by the window. One, a mature, petite woman, a silk …

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On wind and wings, bovines and beaches. A look back on Barra and time spent in the Outer Hebrides

The opening, ideally fit for a child, dwarf or hobbit to squeeze through, revealed a confusing-to-me instrument panel below a narrow windshield. I knew there was a pilot even though I saw only an arm dressed in a short-sleeved, crisp white shirt. She pushed forward on the throttle. The engine came alive filling the snug …

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