Is it the physical bricks and mortar in which you live, or is it a feeling? Is it the people you see each day who contribute to the feeling of belonging that comes with “home”? Can you feel at home anywhere?Jimmy Carter, "A Letter from Home." The Bitter Southerner; March 2022. An overly brief and … Continue reading Home is a kitchen.
The question for you, this Sunday morning (or whenever you make your way to and through this post) is this: What do you relish, and why?
I'll start by cleaning out the "drafts" folder. Deal? "Treat it like a friend," the man -- a master breadmaker -- said. "Check in on it every now and then, but don't hover. Feed it once in a while. Don't obsess." We were at a funeral service, he and I and a few hundred other … Continue reading Recommiting.
I won't ever be a chef or have a restaurant or write recipes for a living. But I know how to cook because my mother taught me how to love cooking and how to enjoy the experience of eating a shared meal.
Short version? A friend invited me to escape for a little while, and I said yes. And even though (a blessedly mild case of) COVID came home with me, it was a transformative trip for which I'm eternally grateful.
As I've written before, I've been working with an executive coach for several years. Our work together and the relationship that has grown through that work, continue to bring brightness, clarity, calm, wonder, and warmth to my work at Kindred Place and more broadly in my life. It was through this work that I decided … Continue reading Something about flow.
When it's hard to imagine what my life was like a decade or so ago, I scroll back through early blog posts. In those days, getting a grip on daily chores, including family dinner preparation, was a constant challenge. One of the things I did in response to that challenge was to prepare weekly menus … Continue reading Something about the work of family dinner.
Comfort food: Potato chips. Ice cream. A jar of peanut butter and a spoon. Mac ‘n cheese. Grits. Meatloaf. Mashed potatoes. Or maybe: Chicken pot pie. Warm banana bread. Poached eggs on buttered toast. Rice pudding. Or maybe none of that, which is why we're here on Monday instead of Sunday, as promised. This post … Continue reading The complicated problem of “comfort food.”