All posts tagged: home

The scent of cooking

Ephemera

At the moment, I am not cooking anything so if our kitchen smells of anything, it is of the pot of orange-flavored tea that I just brewed. But when I am cooking something I hate to turn the fan on; I want the cooking smells throughout the house. It means that life is being lived in here. People are moving in and out and wanting their dinners. The house that I grew up in was […]

Cutting for Stone, and berbere

books / Ephemera

Because I read Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese last summer, and loved it so much that I insist on dragging it across country with me, just to have it close by, it has had at least one unexpected effect on me: namely, my cooking. The book is not about cooking; food is mentioned in the due course of things, but no more than you might expect. One thing mentioned many times: berbere. Berbere is […]

Firewood

memory

The firewood was always freshly stacked in its brass bin by the fireplace in the den each winter afternoon. When I was little, I would try to carve this wood with the blade of the letter opener that sat with its matching pair of scissors and note pad by the telephone in the bar. This was the only blade that I could get my hands on. The logs were soft and prone to splintering and […]

My Favorite Place in the World: Boulder

Ephemera

The air is lighter and cleaner here. I feel healthy just walking down to my favorite coffee house. Actually, my favorite coffee house here is one of about four different ones around here. Five, maybe. Everyone has a favorite. The plains intersect with the mountains right here. I can drive for ten minutes into the Front Range and be a thousand feet higher than I am sitting here in our home. Two environments — plains […]

Powerlessness and power

Natural world

I must start out this blog post by admitting a thing that might make me either very popular here in Cincinnati, or, possibly, unpopular: we have electrical power at our house. Ever since Monday’s infamous “deluge” by the remnants of hurricane Ike, with huge windstorms and much power outage, the most common question around here is “Do you have power?” We came home, slowly but surely, yesterday, to find out that we did have power […]

High winds today…

Cat-blogging

imply that your fair blogger is currently in at a hotel near Atlanta, hoping to get home soon to our animals which need constant care and love and assurance. Please send cat and dog prayers for Sophie and Newton and Satchel for us! We come as fast as Delta says that we can.