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Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

29 Dec

Babycakes Cookies

Babycake’s Chocolate Chip Cookies – gluten free and vegan! Try them… they’re so good!!!

I know that I’ve said this before, but how can another month have gone by?  Do you feel as I do… that it took forever for Thanksgiving to arrive and then before you knew it, Christmas had come and gone and now you are facing a brand new year?  It seems that if you listen you can almost hear the “whoosh” as time flies by!

Coco's rolls

Rolls made by our son, Coco

And because I believe that’s true, I think it’s so important to do all that you can to really be there for the people you love.  Our time here is limited and yet most of us act as if we have all the time in the world. We only “get it” when disease or disaster strikes and then we realize how precious our time is.

my rolls

Potato rolls I made for Thanksgiving

I’m reminded of the play, Our Town, where the young wife, Emily, after having died returns to earth for one day.  She finds the experience of going home again very painful and asks the stage manager if anyone realizes how beautiful life is while they live it.  He tells her, “No. The saints and poets, maybe – they do some.”

If I can wish you anything at all for the coming year, other than the usual greetings, it is that you take a moment or two to really look around at the simple beauty that surrounds you and soak it in. Hug your family and friends every chance you get. Don’t let them wonder for even one minute about your love.

Then, if you can, take a glance beyond your own life and offer a hand to someone in need, sit with a friend who is grieving, adopt your new best friend from the animal shelter.  Or you could do what works for me: Make a pie and give it away.  You won’t regret it.


Nobody on their deathbed has ever said “I wish I had spent more time at the office”.

Rabbi Harold Kushner



Day 232: Buff

24 Nov

Thanksgiving is a day when we give thanks for what we have been given… and, it goes without saying that we who live in this land of opportunity, have much to be thankful for. At this moment, I am grateful that my daughter is home with us finishing her degree (in accounting) and I am thrilled that my son survived a potentially life-threatening accident in Minnesota. I dare not ask why we are so fortunate… for there seems to be no rhyme or reason for our luck.

This morning I had a busy schedule: I was asked to make biscotti, two pies and three dozen rolls for friends. In addition, I was to make two dozen rolls for dinner and an appetizer for the party that we were invited to. That seemed like a lot to accomplish this morning… but somehow I managed.

And still there was the “pie a day” recipient to think about. But since I’d seen him a few days ago, it was not hard to determine who “he” was.

Buff is an amazing man. He is a talented musician… he is concerned and considerate uncle… and he has been a tremendous influence on the men in his family. They have learned from him what it means to be a man.

Today, I sent Buff a Pecan Pie to acknowledge all of the guidance that he has given to his family and friends… and to thank him for his strength of character. We are truly blessed to have him in our lives.