Thursday, October 1, 2015


Love makes the world go round.  List the people you love; you might get dizzy.

Sunday, September 20, 2015


Well, sometimes I go out by myself
And I look across the water
And I think of all the things, what you're doing
And in my head I paint a picture ...
Valerie; music and lyric by The Zutons
Amy Winehouse version on Lioness: Hidden Treasures

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Saturday, May 16, 2015

beyond brioche

I could not wait to get here.

I enjoyed a brioche at the little table in the sun.

I practiced; boo-lanzhuh-ree, boo-lanzhuh-ree, boo-lanzhuh-ree.

Back inside ...

Croissants, croissants, croissants; so many types, sweet and savory.  Kouign Amann in three flavors, Canele, Palmier, and even homemade Jam.

 I am in love.

Maybe I'll stop by tomorrow.  

Sit again with the sun on my face while I practice; queen-a-mahn, queen-a-mahn, queen-a-mahn.

Village Baking Co.
5531 E. University Blvd.

Dallas, Texas  75206

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

means vs. end

She formed her sentences carefully like a slow reader 
who foresees ahead of him the next sentence 
and guides his pen towards it.

Finding the opening lines has always been the hardest part of writing for me.  Once I have them, the rest usually follows.  Those hours, sometimes days, when jumbled thoughts consume my mind, are by far, the most fun and rewarding part of writing any piece.  Words follow thoughts, sentences follow words, paragraphs are formed until the content comes to its close; the end

I am pleased with my works but the process is where my true joy is found.  

Other writers get their thrill with a finished product. They defined their end and rushed to get there, the wordy path frustrating.  They're happy to be done, and however good it is, they didn't enjoy the journey, they only hope it sells.  

I hope my cookbook sells, too.  I've been patiently working on it for so long.  But like a blog post that gets buried in many and perhaps only read by few, if it shouldn't, I still reap the biggest reward.  The book will remain my pride and joy, for it is love of the process that guides my pen each time.


Travels With My Aunt
Graham Greene

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

from a little birdie

We're just a few days into spring and though windows are open to warmer air and wasps are busy in the shrubs below, it feels we've not yet crossed over.  Fine by me.  I like a cool spring, one that takes us into its season as slowly as I leave my morning bed.

One of birth is how Poet Sparrow thinks of spring, followed by one of florescence, one of harvest, and then one of contemplation

I recently put the question to friends; which is your favorite? 

Aren't we prone to pick our favorite, define it as the best and defend our choice?  White wine over red, peonies over roses, jazz over country . . .  We have our favorite seasons and can list them in order of preference.  

Mine have changed across the years, much like my grandmother said my taste buds would, every seven years as that wives' tale goes. 
I like autumn the most.  I get a childish thrill choosing pumpkins, and excited when bursts of wind blow leaves across my path.  Spring comes next with planting pots of this and bigger pots of that, and herbs thriving on the patio just steps from the kitchen.  Summer and winter tie for each is to me, extreme.  Scorching hot or freezing cold.

The power of a poet's words, not the passing of years, may have forever changed how I think of the seasons.  Consider again, those words Sparrow presented; birth, florescence, harvest, and contemplation, singly rich with vast meanings.  

Birth can represent Christmas Day as easily as Easter represents rebirth.  Harvest, foremost in our mind gives us visions of fall and Thanksgiving yet early peas, asparagus, and radishes are little jewels of spring harvests.  Some summers still find me and Spoke stringing strands of chili pepper lights in the kitchen but florescence also brings to my mind the glow cast by a small spotlight on the framed Madonna which we light up throughout the year.  Contemplation, time we devote to private thoughts or musings, may be as focused when we're forced indoors by summer's afternoon heat, as by winter evenings.

Sparrow has given us such a gift with just four little words.  Never will I think of the seasons in the way I always have; separate, ranked, and judged.  They are now intertwined, embraced, and celebrated.

Thank you, Poet Sparrow.