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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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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