The Thoughtfulness of Friends

March 24, 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

I read today that in these crazy times, Facebook has become the main news source for millions of people. And I thought, we can do better than that! I have friends, both on the far right and far left, who’ve shared ideas that are so insightful that I hope you will appreciate some of their musings on the Topic At Hand as much as I appreciated receiving them.


Astute commentary from S., resident of Germany:

A Few Thoughts Tonight

March 22, 2020

Dear Family,

Now we have lockdowns. Which have caused an economic downturn that has already trashed millions of jobs, and millions of Americans have no confidence that public Health is much of a priority for our fearless “leader” who gets up on podiums and just Makes Stuff Up. Lots of other experts are Making Stuff Up too, and we can do very little about it except Talk Amongst Ourselves, virtually of course, and come up with more opinions.

Here are a few of mine, subject to change.

Apple Turnovers

November 29, 2019

Makes six hand pies

These came out light, flaky, and delicious, with just the right filling consistency (not too oozy, but not too dry). The crust recipe makes enough for a single pie crust (just omit 1 T. of maple syrup).

6 apples, peeled and cut into chunks
6 tbsp. maple syrup
1 tbsp. cinnamon
pinch of cloves
1-2 tbsp. ghee
juice of one small lemon

Saute gently until nearly cooked (wide frying pan, uncovered, is perfect); sprinkle with 2 tbsp. quick cooking tapioca granules and stir well. Let cool.

So Many Enchanted Adventures

September 15, 2019

Dear Family,

“This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert


“Everybody else went out. But it’s not lonely, cuz I’m with you and you’re with me!”

Overheard - a voice from the bathroom: “Ewiza? I have the funnest idea in the WORLD! I could take off my pants and pee into the toilet like a HE!”

Concerning her outfit for the day: “I got very useful fings on me: cuz I got shorts on under HERE, and a tee shirt on under HERE!”

A Theatrical, Satirical, Traveling Summer

August 11, 2019

Dear Family,

“Time went by so fast these days. There was some sort of malfunction going on with how fast the earth was spinning. Decades went by as quick as years once did.”
—Liane Moriarty, “Nine Perfect Strangers”

“And the moral of the story is that you don’t remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened.”
—John Greene, “An Abundance of Katherines”



The Best of All The Worlds

May 16, 2019

Dear Family,

“Sometimes I think the difference between what we want and what we're afraid of is about the width of an eyelash.”
― Jay McInerney


Eliza: Dragons need HUGE caves.

Ivy: Why?

Eliza: I dunno…I guess cuz they need to fit.



“Mama? I wuv you more than myself AN my flip flops.”

“I’m hoppin’ around like an Eastern Bunny!”

An Ivy Ditty: “…Because I’m an edible nut, I wish someone could eat me, pew pew pew pewie pewie pew...”

“I want NORMAL shorts, wif no skirt and only legs!”

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