Smoking

Smoking

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   My mother and grandmother smoked their cigarettes in a little room off the kitchen we called the back porch.  In the company of a washing machine, a dryer, a chest freezer, and a broom closet they sat at a table,...
Water

Water

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   It seems odd that you can live on a peninsula surrounded by water yet run out of the stuff every year just at the busiest tourist time. But, it happened every year in Mendocino when I was running the Sea Gull...
De Mortuis Nil Nisi Bonum

De Mortuis Nil Nisi Bonum

  [Click on Blue links for sources and further information]   De Mortuis Nil Nisi Bonum (Of the Dead say nothing but good)   We all know a few jerks. Emilee Hines, Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Washington, D.C., History   The evil that men do lives after them....
The Daily Special

The Daily Special

  [Click on BLUE links for sources or more information)     By age 35 I expected to be President, very famous or at least very, very rich.  Instead, by 35 I had three sons, a beautiful wife, and a restaurant business where I made great friends.  I had also discovered...
Oyster Stuffing

Oyster Stuffing

  [Click on BLUE links for sources or more information}       H A P P Y   T H A N K S G I V I N G   Thanksgiving comes and goes but oyster stuffing for the turkey has been a constant in my life since I first read M.F.K. Fisher’s Consider the Oyster.  Not everyone...