renaissance

To Tree or Not to Tree

  We just moved into a smaller home and I can’t figure out where to put the Christmas tree.  I asked my husband, Gary, what he thought about one spot in the living room and he nixed it. “It would block traffic,” he said. “We’d knock it over every time we walked into the...

Speaker’s Corner: The Doctor is In

People tell me things.  Perfect strangers unburden themselves to me, and nowhere is this more evident than when I’m sitting my photographer husband, Gary’s, Festival of Arts booth.  In my tall chair I’m like Lucy in her psychiatry booth and the sign says, “The Doctor is In.” A...

Offering Up a Special Literary Menu

Bite-sized chunks of writing to whet your brain’s appetite.   Edited by Christine Fugate & Sally Eastwood   On the Menu: Appetizers: “Canaries for Christmas” by Adele Kopecky “Lost In Translation: Christmas” by Sally Eastwood...

Roca Madness

By Liz Zuercher   My adult son called me a bitch last Christmas, but I wasn’t insulted. It’s all about my famous almond roca, which inspires obsession, to eat it and to make it.  If you succeed in making the roca, it becomes yours, no matter whose it was before.  To me it’s...