Posts Tagged ‘Traditions’

The Rockwell Trap

(posted by Jeanne on 12-06-2012)

Now that visions of sugarplums and Norman Rockwell scenes are dancing in our heads, it’s not unusual for grown-ups to hold onto idealistic and specific images of holiday comfort and joy. Whether our parents succeeded in bringing painting-worthy traditions to fruition or failed miserably, many of us feel obliged to Read more »

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Celebration Tortellini Salad

(posted by Jeanne on 6-12-2012)

There’s a story behind every recipe and this is mine. Last week I was asked to bring a side dish to a graduation party, one that I hadn’t made in years. I had a vague recollection of it showing up years ago at every BBQ and Baby/Wedding Shower but couldn’t remember what all the hoopla was about.

I dusted off my recipe box and flipped through scraps and post-its until a stained and faded card caught my eye. “This is it.” I got so excited. “Now I remember. It’s colorfully delicious. Like a carnival concession stand or edible confetti. This pasta begs for a celebration. OMG.” Read more »

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Hope in a Hopeless World

(posted by Jeanne on 1-18-2012)

As we geared up for the Giants-Packers game last Sunday, I was reminded of the enormous sense of connection and community that sporting events provide. Amidst widespread social tension, grim economic forecasts, troubling international relations and an ailing environment, when game time approaches we put down our burdens Read more »

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Summer Games: The Bells That Call Our Children Home

(posted by Jeanne on 7-12-2011)

I’ve come to regard the summer games we play as the bells that call our adult children home. This past July 4th weekend our family gathered with Read more »

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Peony Envy… Self Diagnosed and Cured

(posted by Jeanne on 4-27-2011)

I suffered from Peony envy for years and didn’t even know it. I loved those cotton candy blossoms in my grandmother’s garden but by the time my aunts and cousins divvied up the cuttings to transplant I was away at college. We talked about slicing off sprigs for me but never got around to it. As my friends and I settled into houses and gardens of our own, I began to notice the flowers again… bursting, blooming and beckoning. Read more »

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