Yearly Archives: 2012

Happy Holidays

December 21, 20124 Comments

A few weeks ago, I was walking along the Georgetown Harbour and snapped this late afternoon image of The Kennedy Center, where we hear the National Symphony Orchestra perform Handel’s Messiah every year. It’s a serene pause in an otherwise harried season. I felt the same way about this photo, its stillness capturing a moment of tranquility and stunning light. Both are a reminder to stop, breathe and pay attention for a moment or two (or in the case of the Messiah, that would be two hours). Continue reading ›

Sunday Supper

December 14, 2012Leave a comment

When I was growing up in the west suburbs of Chicago, we had Sunday dinner just about every week. The meal occurred at midday after church. It typically involved a roast of some sort, potatoes cooked in any number of ways – baked, twice baked, boiled and buttered, mashed, smashed with garlic, I could go on but you get the idea – and a vegetable. Continue reading ›

Make a List, Check it Twice

December 10, 20124 Comments

You better not shout. You better not cry. You better not pout…do you know why? Yes, I know Santa Claus is coming to town. And at my house, Hanukkah Harry has already made a visit or two as well. But more importantly, this is the season for joy. Not pain, stress, worry and obligation. Continue reading ›


November 29, 20126 Comments

It’s the time of year where I’m asked what I want (nothing) and I ponder what to give friends and family (not nothing). When in doubt, books are a good bet. Andy might disagree but I’d say you can never be surrounded by too many good books. This is true of my ever-swelling cookbook collection as well as the leisure reads that pile up on my nightstand. Continue reading ›

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