Thanks for Your Service, Brother Jim Leatherwood

My brother, Jim, rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S Navy in the mid-1980’s, serving as a medical officer to the Marines. He was stationed at Camp Lejeune and Camp Pendleton after graduating from medical school. He loved the military and often said that if they had been more kindly to gay men, he…

Great Recipe: Pan-Roasted Chicken with Oranges

No surprise that I have turned to cooking at this particular moment. Cooking is calming for me, makes the house smell good and, of course, supplies Ray and me with some tasty meals. I especially like this recipe because of the inclusion of orange slices slipped under the chicken skin. Hard to beat that flavor….

May Light Perpetual Shine Upon You, Leonard Cohen

My beloved Leonard Cohen has died. Eighty-two. Spry the last time I saw him perform live just a few years back, once in Las Vegas and once in LA. Ray and I even flew to Denver to see his concert there, but the performance was rained out. We considered going to London to hear that…

The Day After…

Today has been one of those days.  Filled with a particular sorrow that I haven’t experienced except when dealing with the loss of a loved one. Pure grief.  The desire to crawl into a small dark place, curl up in the fetal position and let the world and its worries just proceed without me. Some might…

Comfort Food for Election Day

Hi all, We’re in for a long day and evening tomorrow and let me recommend some real comfort food for your table. The vegetable soup described below was created by Alton Brown and is a 5-Star, To-Be-Counted-On-Everytime-Everywhere recipe filled with colorful vegetables cooked in lightly seasoned chicken broth with a hint of fresh lemon and…

Cranberry Pecan Muffins

I love collecting recipes and this one came from a recipe box I bought at an estate sale several years ago. The box is made up of two long file drawers in a small oak cabinet and each drawer is crammed full of the owner’s favorite recipes clipped from newspapers or magazines, along with hand-written…

Ojai, Organic Blue Corn Chips and Agave-Sweetened Ginger Ale

Yep. Still here. Sitting with Ray in the Airstream, listening to KUSC broadcast  Beethoven’s 7th Symphony while we munch on blue corn chips and swig agave-sweetened ginger ale. Could I be any happier? Hard to say. Probably not. Maybe if my grandkids were here, but they are coming over tomorrow night for a sleep-over so…

Ojai Tonight

After working a day that literally started at 6 am and ended at 8:30 tonight, Ray drove us up to Ojai to the orange grove. The wind is balmy and gentle, the sky clear and sprinkled with bright stars and the quiet that is enveloping this place is peaceful. I am so happy to be…

Reflections on Faith on All-Soul’s Day

I have two icons of St. Mary holding baby Jesus that are in the cabinet next to where I am sitting here in the living room. The icons are both gifts from our priest, Father Ian Elliott Davies at St. Thomas the Apostle, Hollywood. In both, Mary is looking right at me, as if she…

Repost: Homemade Pizza Recipe and a Fun Evening

On Sunday night, we had dinner tonight at Liz’s boyfriend’s parent’s house in Hollywood. Ron made a homemade pizza dough from a Bobby Flay recipe, and cooked it on the grill. Cindy, Ron’s mom, made a homemade tomato sauce. Then there were loads of toppings to choose from including smoked gouda and mozzarella cheese, red…