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Give thanks for an imperfect feast

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving – that holiday of bustling planning and the assembling of motley communities into small, oven-roasted spaces while conducting on-the-fly quadratic equations to ensure the...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Food

Winter squashes are stars of seasonal menus

If you are the kind of person who sees vegetables as the obligatory and dismal path to, say, cheesecake, winter squash may change your perspective. It’s not too far-fetched to think that these...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Food

Reliable roots

Root crops are the enduring rock anthems of the vegetable world. They’re a salty-haired Mick Jagger crooning about satisfaction and caloric density. Cucumbers are a side dish – potatoes are what’s...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Food

‘Feels like a gift’ to preserve annual harvest

When my daughter was a toddler, one of her daily joys was wobbling around the house gathering up flotsam and bits and stuffing them in cheap, tacky purses. It was endearing and amusing and a little...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Food

End of summer brings on melancholy thoughts

September is a 30-day spree of perfection, and each new brushstroke of yellow in the trees is a reminder of how fast it’s slipping away. There are the garden tomatoes that quietly turn from orange...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2010 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Multifamily mountain getaway magical for kids, rejuvenating for parents

The sun long ago had slipped behind Silver Mountain by the time the assembled parents got our eight collective children zipped into sleeping bags. Drowsy siblings who just an hour ago were...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2010 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Mom's Independence Day is both sweet and sour

Last Sunday morning there were no children rippling my calm waters with the skipping stones of their demands. No oneneeded help finding Baby Bear or getting the excruciatingly funky seam of their...

DATE: July 4, 2010 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

The snail pace of spring is a dandy time to dine on weeds

Spring at 6,512 feet is like taking Amtrak rather than an airplane to your destination.It's a slow, pleasing journey with plenty of station stops at which to peer out a window and notice the...

DATE: May 1, 2010 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Family climbs out of ordinary, onto edge of cerulean blue

“I've got a great place to take you guys." Dan says over Sunday breakfast. I'm still making out with my coffee, the kids are building indoor fort XVIXII, and surely it's a crime to be...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2010 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Mom finds joy in bond between brother, sister

The kids find each other in the dark of the morning.I lift a sleep-startled ear toward the sounds of squeaky voices carrying on an exchange endemic to two small people whoshare everything from...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2010 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

A 2-year-old is a very short comedian

Rose is exactly 2½.What's that like, you ask? It's backwards pants, mismatched shoes, “I've fallen and I can't get up" puddles of despair,and then presto change-o: irrepressible glee over a handful...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2009 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Preemie survival tale is full of tears, love and luck

At 25 weeks, when most pregnancies press against elastic waistbands, proclaiming "baby growing here" my amniotic sacinexplicably ruptured. Col's formerly slippery, lush home became a desert, and...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2009 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood