because I can never

pass a book store without stopping in

  

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Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.

~Nora Ephron

getting to be that time

there are signs

crosswalks have been re-painted

bus routes published

shopping has commenced

I recently viewed a lovely photo

of pancakes and waffles

prepared by a mom

a favorite breakfast for her daughter

before leaving for college

and I just received an email today

from a friend

anxious about sending her son off to kindergarten

she worries

will he get on the bus?

will he adjust to a full day of school?

 

no matter what age

or what grade

going off to school marks the passage of time

it’s always bitter sweet

 

my son’s summer job on the Cape comes to an end on Saturday

and then he’ll be home

I plan to savor every last day

until he takes off once again

in just a few short weeks

to begin his junior year of college

 

There are two lasting bequest we can give our children: One is roots, the other is wings. ~Hodding Carter

roots

someone’s watching

a rainy afternoon

cozy in my favorite chair

by the window

ingrossed in my book

I suddenly felt a pair of eyes…

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I wonder if he enjoyed the story

to market, to market

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My creation

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they come by bus, by car,
by foot, by bike

by stroller, and by wheelchair

the young and the old

to shop, to eat

to smell the flowers,

the rich aroma of roasted coffees

and freshly baked breads

or just to stop and chat with neighbors and friends

a little slice of life

a celebration of community

in the summer

 

who doesn’t love the farmer’s market!

what to do…

with all those tomatoes!

my refrigerator is full of them

fresh from the gardens of friends and neighbors

one of my favorite ways to use them up

is to roast them

and throw them on pasta

easy, peasy!

 

 

summer goodness

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I marinate my cherry tomatoes in olive oil with a spash of balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, a sprinkle of kosher salt and black pepper. I then spread them out on a baking sheet at roast them in a 400 degree oven for approx. 12 to 15 minutes. Add them to cooked pasta (I like to use thin spaghetti but you can use any type). Add some fresh chopped basil and parsley and toss well. Sprinkle with some crumbled goat cheese and you have a great summer dish!  Quick and simple!