Quiet Winter Moments

Patience is not only a virtue, it is the basis of wisdom.

In this world of instant everything we have clearly forgotten that patience is an essential tenet.  Our Mide’ teaching from our youth inculcated the skills of observation in nature… to patiently observe, then delve deeper into what first appeared on the surface. First we saw the color and shape, then the leaf itself, peering deeper […]


“The cat…. He Just… Broke!”

It was the summer of 1984 and I was with my dear high school friend Rolf and his mom Inga Maj in the little Swedish town of Dals-Ed. He had been an exchange student at Hawken and we met when I was a sophomore. He went back to Sweden the following year but we kept […]


One Heartbeat Away

Happy Beginnings I’m quite certain she knew there would eventually be heartache in the decision to marry a man 20 years her senior. But the love was deep… strong… undeniable. He was so handsome, so very full of life. One of those men that everyone wanted to be near – men and women, children and […]


Grandma Was A Kitchen Healer

“Grandma, I have a splinter!” “Sit down at the kitchen table and I’ll get the Ichthammol.”  Oh, the dreaded Ichthammol, aka “black salve.” My grandmother kept it in a drawer under the electric can opener and between the 1970s brown GE refrigerator and gas stove. It smelled like some stinking pit where dinosaurs died eons […]


The Elephant and the Rope

As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did […]


Pork Tenderloin with Creamy Sloe Gin Sauce

This month we are featuring one of our books, The Keepers’ Kitchen, that is unique from all the rest… our cookbook! Jim and I both tremendously enjoy time in the kitchen, preparing food that is beautiful to the eye, healthful to the body, and nourishing to the soul. We hope you enjoy these excerpts.    […]