My Brother Jim: A Gay Veteran

My brother Jim proudly served in the U.S. Navy as a medical officer, working directly with the Marines. He loved the military and would have considered making it his career, but he was gay and this was prior to even Clinton’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which afforded at least some protection for gay military…

Luna and Grandma’s Day

Today I had the pleasure of a full day with granddaughter Luna while Sarah went off to her first interview for a residency in Family Medicine. While Mama was gone, Luna kept Grandmother busy. Here’s a little of what we did : Needless to say, I had a great day.  Sarah came back to find…

Nemo and the WeHo Halloween Carnival

Sarah, Luna and I went down to Santa Monica Blvd. this evening to see what crazy costumes we could see. First, of course, we had to take pictures of our own little Nemo. Then we started our trek on Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood. We were there beginning at 6 pm before the huge…

A Few of My Favorite Things

I am struggling to write tonight so instead I have made a list of some of my favorite things and places. Sometimes 20 minutes a day is a lot… My favorite television shows are: 1) CBS Sunday Morning 2) Newsroom 3) True Blood – not so much this year, but in the past 4) Project…

A Great Make-Ahead Dish: Spinach Manicotti

This is one of those tried and true recipes that you can count on when you want something special. It’s slightly different from stuffed shells. A little prettier. INGREDIENTS: 1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry 1/2 cup minced onion 1 egg 2 teaspoons minced…

Countdown to Christmas

Today was one of those days when I felt as if I were juggling a dozen different tasks in the air and getting none of them completely done. Frustrating since I am tired of dealing with work and task lists and am ready instead to shift my attention to Christmas and holidays. Alas, tomorrow may…

A Honey-Sweetened Pecan Cookie Recipe

I made these cookies this evening. They have a cake-like texture and are delicious. With the pecan half on top, they also are a pretty holiday cookie. The recipe is below. I hope you’ll try these and let me know what you think. Honey-Sweetened Pecan Cookies • Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min. • Yield:…

A Day Full of Family and Friends

We have had a long day today here in Texas – all good – visiting with family and friends from 9 am – midnight. No exaggeration. This is one of the best parts of being in Texas, seeing people we care about. There’s a sense of camaraderie among us that comes from knowing each other for…

Frederick Douglass Facts & A Compelling Poem

I have been working with one of my students on African American poetry. Interesting facts I’ve learned about Frederick Douglass: 1) He was considered one of the most highly regarded African Americans in the 19th century. 2) He was a brilliant writer, speaker, social reformer, and statesman. 3) He was 1/2 white. His father was…

Our Flawed Selves

Today, while helping one of my students, I read several poems by Vievee Francis, who I have mentioned before on my blog. Her book Blue-Tail Fly is a series of persona poems about various figures ranging from before the Mexican American War until after the Civil War. One of those characters is Abraham Lincoln. One…