Will I Ever Have Chicken Kababs This Good Again?

My mom made the best chicken kababs I’ve ever tasted and it makes me sad. Her dementia is such that it prevents her from giving out recipes reliably anymore. It’s not like she has a set recipe anyway, she’s always trying new things. It looks like she went all out with the chicken kababs as…

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Saturdays are tough when you’re single

Saturdays are MINE. But Saturdays can be tough when you’re single. You have some free time and free time means uncertainty and uncertainty means unmet expectations, like oh most people are doing this or that with their Saturdays, but I’m doing this, which doesn’t measure up to what Saturdays are supposed to look like. I’ve…

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The Day I Found Out Cooking for Yourself is a Subversive Act

  This is a conversation I had with one of my mother’s caregivers, who, apparently, is very traditional: Caregiver: I didn’t know you knew how to cook. (This is the third time she has said this to me over the time I’ve known her and every time I have answered that I do.) Me: Why…

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How I did on last year’s resolutions and my new year’s resolutions for 2019

I made some New Year’s Resolutions last year (2018) that were important to me. Here’s how I did on them.   Read more poetry – WORKING ON IT. Recently I’ve been enjoying the excellent collection called Typists Play Monopoly by my writing teacher from San Francisco, Kathleen McClung. I’ve read poetry by Rainer Maria Rilke,…

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The immigrant experience – from scarcity to having choices

You know that feeling of terror when you first land in America as an immigrant? The feeling of “how am I going to feed my family when I don’t know the language or the culture or the ways things work here?” The feeling of “I don’t know how much things cost or how to buy…

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