Just Peachy

To me, peaches exemplify summer. Bring on the cobbler and the gatherings! The peach crop begins to bloom at the end of Spring. With more than a million peach trees spread across Texas, the state produces in excess of one million bushels a year, that sounds like alot, although Georgia, California, [...]

Reuniting with Family

Your family might look like those in the movies. Maybe you can identify with those in the movies like; Father of the Bride, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Sweet Home Alabama, Grapes of Wrath, or Home for the Holidays. I love the idea of family, a big one. That’s something I’ve [...]

Escape to Venice

Sunset on Golden Beach, Venice, FL 2015 Are you thinking Venice, Italy, or Venice, California? I’m talking about Venice, Florida, not to be confused with the muscle beach in California. When I first visited the seaside community, I really didn’t know what to expect. On my first visit I [...]

My Summer Bucket List

When was the last time you had a popsicle? How about a homemade s’more? I think it’s been a good 25 years since I had the frozen delight. Remember the days when the ice cream truck would ring the bell in the neighborhood and all the kids would rush out? The Push Ups and Bombsicles [...]

I Want To Love You More

Cynthia Hurd was one of the nine people killed Wednesday during a Bible study inside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. As I listened to an interview on NPR days after, I heard Malcolm Graham, a former North Carolina state senator, and Cynthia’s brother, talk about his [...]

Stories This Table Could Tell

How many of us actually have meals at a table anymore? It seems to be a lost tradition. It’s not just a meal that is had at a table; it’s conversation, it’s listening, it’s sharing, it’s knowing, it’s loving. I spent many years pulling up a bench to a farm table. [...]

In a letter to the Mayor of NYC

This blog is about the sweet things in life, but I’ll warn you, this post is not so sweet. I have to divert for a moment and talk about something that is incredibly deplorable and heartbreaking to me. So much so, that I wrote a letter to the Honorable Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City. Ask [...]

Food Memories Take Me Back

We all have food memories, some good and some not so good. The taste, smell, and texture of food can bring back memories not just of eating food itself but also of place and setting. Recently I made a 3-layer strawberry cake. It’s perfect for summer time. The taste of it brought back memories [...]

Sweet Memories & Snickerdoodles

Have you seen Still Alice? As you know it’s the story of a woman facing early onset Alzheimer’s. As I watched the movie recently, I was struck by the realization the human memory and the memories that we make throughout our lifetime are incredible gifts. The mind is a [...]

The Life of Riley

Grandaddy Riley He flew B24s and B25s as a bomber pilot, serving in what was then called the U.S. Army Air Core in WWII and Korea. Lt. William P. Riley was my grandaddy. Born February 26, 1922, in Junction, Texas, he was one of five children to Minnie and William Patrick Riley, Sr. His siblings [...]
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