Monthly Archives: March 2012

Life used to be so hard, now everything is easy ‘cause of you

Today is the third anniversary of our first date. We woke up this morning feeling tired but cheerful and ready to clean and unpack. It snowed last night in Portland; I walked Dingo at 7:15 through a light powder. My … Continue reading

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We were at the beach, everybody had matching towels

Brendan turned 30 on Wednesday. In the late morning, we loaded Dingo into the car and drove to Crescent Beach on the coast of Maine. I had made reservations about a month earlier at a luxury spa-resort that takes dogs. … Continue reading

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Rise up this mornin’, smiled with the risin’ sun, three little birds pitch by my doorstep

I was able to go to college and stay there, all four years, thanks to a combo platter of financial aid: a tuition reduction from Reed College, a Pell grant, student loans, and the work-study program, which meant that I … Continue reading

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We’ll go fishin in the crawdad hole, honey, baby mine

The other day, a Flat Rate Priority box of 2 dozen oysters arrived from Cape Cod. Beau, a college acquaintance turned Facebook friend and fellow food lover, had gathered them himself near Wellfeet, where he lives. When he’d posted a … Continue reading

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When the pie was opened, the birds began to sing

I lived in New York City for twenty years. By the time I left and moved up here, my entire being felt as if it had shaped itself around the familiarity of urban life, so completely I hardly noticed any … Continue reading

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The black-eyed dog he called for more

This morning, we found ourselves awake and up at 6:30, which turned out to be 7:30 because of springing forward. We drank a lot of coffee and read the paper (online of course), and then we drove into town. The … Continue reading

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We’re marching to a faster pace, look out, here comes the master race

The mania of spring is infecting our hermetic little threesome. Dingo has been bounding around outside all day like a humpy rabbit, barking at snow drip-melting off the roof and fluffing his suddenly-shedding fur in the breeze and sunlight. After … Continue reading

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Hey little girl, is your daddy home

When I was 18, after I’d been living in the French countryside for about a month, I was asked to make mincemeat for the family I worked for. “I’ll show you how,” said Vivian, the lady of the house, a … Continue reading

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All the little birdies on Jaybird Street love to hear the robin go tweet, tweet, tweet

I always keep several different kinds of hot sauce on hand. At the moment, I have both regular and chipotle Cholula, Tabasco, chili-garlic sauce, Sriracha, Thai hot chili sauce, and a can of chipotle peppers in adobo. I consider this … Continue reading

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Swing your razor high, Sweeney

When I was a kid, I felt as passionately about the food I hated as I did about the food I loved. My mother, who otherwise fed us stuff we liked or even adored, had the occasional  sadistic spell during … Continue reading

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