Appreciating Artistic Easter Eggs

Originally published in The Quarterly magazine, Spring 2013 Every morning, ordinary chicken eggs are cracked into frying pans. The content satisfies hunger and nourishes the body; and often, nothing more is thought of it… that is, until another egg dish is created or Easter rolls around. In the spring, the commonplace breakfast item demands attention…

Old Book for New Year: Discover Poetry

To ring in the new year I wanted to celebrate an older book with even older content: “A Poem for Every Day! An Anthology of 180 Poems…” By Susan Moger. There are many similar types of books, but this particular one is for kids in grades 3-5, so it’s perfect for me, a self-proclaimed poetry simpleton….

12 Days of Christmas Ornaments: A Tradition of Memories — Day 12

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 12 Hopes and Dreams! 11 friends and family, 10 gifts from giving, 9 wooden beauties, 8 family trips, 7 Bruins beating Trojans (38-28!), 6 Asian Orbs, 5 manger scenes! 4 major awards, 3 dancing pigs, 2 handmade bells, and a portrait to put on the tree. It’s the…

12 Days of Christmas Ornaments: A Tradition of Memories — Day 11

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 11 friendly families, 10 gifts from giving, 9 wooden beauties, 8 family trips, 7 Bruins beating Trojans (38-28!), 6 Asian Orbs, 5 manger scenes! 4 major awards, 3 dancing pigs, 2 handmade bells, and a portrait to put on the tree. Whether friendly families, friends of the family,…

12 Days of Christmas Ornaments: A Tradition of Memories — Day 10

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 10 gifts from giving, 9 wooden beauties, 8 family trips, 7 Bruins beating Trojans (38-28!), 6 Asian Orbs, 5 manger scenes! 4 major awards, 3 dancing pigs, 2 handmade bells, and a portrait to put on the tree. A life is enhanced when we give. Sometimes we…

12 Days of Christmas Ornaments: A Tradition of Memories — Day 9

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 9 wooden beauties 8 family trips, 7 Bruins beating Trojans (38-28!), 6 Asian Orbs, 5 manger scenes! 4 major awards, 3 dancing pigs, 2 handmade bells, and a portrait to put on the tree. What is really beautiful? Is it in the Sistine Chapel or an…

12 Days of Christmas Ornaments: A Tradition of Memories — Day 8

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 8 family trips 7 Bruins beating Trojans (38-28!), 6 Asian Orbs, 5 manger scenes! 4 major awards, 3 dancing pigs, 2 handmade bells, and a portrait to put on the tree. Seven years ago, our family visited the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. When I…