Julia Child was an August baby. She would have turned 104 years old this year. I miss Julia. That woman was a class act, a huge talent, and an early mentor for me.
Most kids came home from school in the 60s and watched cartoons. I used to come home from school, grab my after-school snack, pull up a chair at the kitchen table, and watch Julia...Read more
The other evening, my husband opened a bottle of red wine.
He decanted it and then poured himself a glass.
Then he promptly announced that he was going to pour it down the drain.
“What’s wrong?” I asked.
“It smells bad. Like rotten.”
So down it went. Glug. Glug.
I have been ordering wine for about 4 decades now. It’s ...Read more
When it comes to diabetes, I think it’s important to be part of the conversation; to be well-informed.
Have you been to the doctor lately and been told you’re prediabetic? I’m lucky. I have not. I’ve been to the doctor but my blood sugar remains in the normal range. I took control of my carbohydrate intake when I designed Plan Z, and ...Read more
When my back went out, my doctor heavily suggested I needed some stress relief and time off. Good thing I already had a vacation planned.
I have driven parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway before, when I was on a vacation that included visiting Asheville and the Biltmore tour, but I had never hung out in the Smoky Mountains. This was my time to do ...Read more
Two ideas about dementia grabbed my husband’s attention recently. I want to bring both of them to you.
As an aging Boomer, the title of Michael Kinsley’s book speaks volumes: Old Age: A Beginners Guide.
Here’s a quick excerpt that appeared in Parade magazine:
“I begin with the assumption that, as age cohorts go, boomers...Read more
Every once in awhile I give you a little personal update on me. Unfortunately, this one is not so great.
I have a slipped disc in my back. L4/L5 is the location.
This happens to be the most frequent disc slippage location for all sufferers of this malady.
I didn’t fall. No accident of any kind.
My back is just defective. Something I ...Read more
My mom never had trouble getting me to eat my vegetables; except those times when she served lima beans. I hated lima beans. I thought they were so disgusting to chew, that I’d swallow them like pills. I flushed them down with milk. My family believed in the “Clean Plate Club.” You didn’t leave the table without eating everything on your...Read more
Enjoy this previously published Zola classic.
Going gluten free is all the rage right now with urban and rural hipsters. So many are jumping on the bandwagon; especially the young. Don’t they realize how they are being manipulated?
Step back to the 80s and I was in the same boat. I fell into a similar food ...Read more
Flaherty's CrossingKaylin McFarren
Successful yet emotionally stifled artist Kate Flaherty stands at the deathbed of her estranged father, conflicted by his morphine-induced confession exposing his part in her mother's death. While racing home, Kate's car mishap leads her to a soul-searching discussion ...
On my only trip to Italy I learned an important lesson. When it comes to food, it’s not how creative you can be but how authentic.
While we traveled around, I kept looking for the Italian restaurants that would serve what I referred to as “modern Italian”. I wanted crazy, creative Italian food and I thought I was in the mecca of Italian ...Read more
When I was 34 years old (25 years ago), I had a very bad day that lead to more than four bad months.
I’m going to tell you a shortened version of the story. I could tell you the long story because even 25 years later I remember it like it was yesterday, but I want to get to some new information I want to share as soon as possible.
This story...Read more
I was one of seven children. I was fifth in line, so I was sort of buried in the middle of the gang.
When I was a little kid, our dental appointments were prompted by our birthday. If you turned a year older, it meant it was time for a dental appointment.
I can vaguely remember that when I was six, the family dentist died about 2 weeks before ...Read more
I started dieting at age 12. Some of you may know that already.
I know now that 12 years old is too early to go on a diet. At the time, I was worried because I was going to be in my big sister’s wedding and I was afraid of what I’d look like in the pictures. Even then I knew that ‘wedding pictures are forever.” I look at those pictures ...Read more
Did You Say...I Can Eat More Carbs!?
I have to admit. I’ve been keeping a secret.
I have had good reason to keep the secret, and that is, there wasn’t much data out, and I didn’t want to send you down a rabbit hole unprepared for the results.
I’ve been harping over the years on how bad for you the “white stuff is.” Bread, ...Read more