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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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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Tipsy over tulips: A flower fancier’s foray into Keukenhof

Imagine this: It's fall.  You’re on hands and knees, digging holes eight inches deep and four inches apart.  Your fingers, though protected by gloves, are sore, maybe even bloody.  You drop bulb after bulb in the ground, making sure the pointed end faces up, cover with soil, tamp it down and then water. Repeat this …

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