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November 13, 2017

Stories Will Save our Souls, Part I: Unlocking the Joy of Reading

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One day I saw my English teacher pick a book from the shelf, look at the cover, whoosh out an exclamation of joy and wonder, and then hug the book to her heart. Later, I snuck back, pulled out the book, and held it with surprise and awe: it was...

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October 2, 2017

Zero to Fifty

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There are times when small is beautiful. “Our life is frittered away by detail,” Thoreau cautions from his Walden Pond idyll. “Simplify, simplify, simplify! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a...

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August 21, 2017

The Bread of Valor

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I’ve never met a bread maker who enjoys straining her wrists and standing on tiptoes to pummel a lump of dough. But there is no other way to ensure that wonderful, light, chewy texture so linked to the age-old flavor of homemade bread. Either put in...

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July 10, 2017

What’s Wrong with the Cozi App?

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We started the bedtime rituals over: removal of sugar from hands and teeth, calming lullabies, and copious cups of water. “Boo!” and, “Where da fox?” continually interrupted my efforts. Our quiet evening was most definitely over; no time for the...

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