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My Beloved Beantown

BostonTearI’m so saddened by yet another unnecessary tragedy. Sometimes I wish I could crawl into a hole when these things happen, but I am so drawn to the media. Are we becoming too desensitized to these events?  Watching from our comfortable living rooms, did this really happen, or was I watching a movie? I’m so afraid of feeling nothing.

I’ve come to realize that being so far away from these incidents in mind and body makes me want to be more in touch with those who have experienced it….. to feel their hurt, their pain. The world is real out there, and getting involved when things like this happen by donating time, blood, and funds is great. But there is one thing that would make all the difference …..love.

Love one another. I know, roll your eyes, it sounds so simple. But imaging if there was no hate, only love. Just imagine… it would set you free.

(Photo credit by Chuck Mccollough)

Autumn State of Mind

The weather in New England never ceased to amaze me when I lived there. It could go from a sizzling summer day to full-on autumn in the blink of an eye.  That “autumn state of mind” is what I miss most about Boston. That 60s and below chill in the air, those bright gorgeous oranges, golds, yellows and reds against a blue flawless sky, and the smell of fallen leaves is what I miss most. When I first moved to California, my college room-mate sent me pressed leaves from Connecticut. She’ll never know how much that meant to me!

Here in California we don’t pack away the flip-flops and flimsy summer outfits until almost November. We continue to have warm days, but despite the lack of fall pizzazz here in Southern California, the Fall soon brings cool nights, and morning fog.  Autumn is a time for high school and Monday Night Football. NBA Basketball creeps its way into our home at the end of October. The days grow shorter and the nights are longer. Somehow this “autumn state of mind” prepares my body to long for quiet indoor days, curled up with a hot mug in hand, reading by the fire.

Autumn brings cornucopia foods to the table. Fresh squash and yams, apples, pears and cranberries. Stews, Chilies, and roasts soon fill up the house with warmth and succulent aroma. I look forward to sharing some wonderful Fall recipes in the coming weeks.

Thanksgiving will soon be peeping around the corner, and before you know it, my daughter will return home from college, for more than half an hour for the short holiday…autumn is my favorite time of the year.