Commentaries & Essays

Confessions of a Juicer

Mar 8, 2013

Remember the chipper scene from Fargo? Frances McDormand is investigating a homicide when she finds a man who is feeding Steve Buscemi’s leg into a wood chipper.

Last year, when I became a juicer, whenever I picked up a long, thick stalk of celery and fed it into my juicing machine, that ear-splitting whine of the motor, plus my hand pushing down on the stalk, made me think of the chipper and Buscemi’s sock-footed leg.

This is what happens when a carnivore goes vegan.

Love in the Late Afternoon

Mar 8, 2013

There are delightful surprises sprinkling the path to falling in love again at my age. I’ve always been something of a romantic, but in the last few decades that blissful trait has been buried under the weight of getting older, crushing some of the sense of delight and discovery necessary to maintain the magic.

In the past few years, I’d not even entertained the thought that fresh and adventurous romance was a possibility. I didn’t miss it because I didn’t expect it.

Grieving over Pets

Feb 27, 2013

It’s not often that a panel discussion at the University of Virginia leads to tears, but many of those in the audience wept as two experts talked about coping with the end of a pet’s life. A professor in UVA’s school of nursing and a specialist in end-of-life care,  Susan Bauer-Wu has often lectured on death – but this experience was particularly painful for her and her audience.


Forty Thorns, a Story of Survival.

Feb 25, 2013

We hear a lot of questions about today’s unsettled world.

A Cautionary Tale

Feb 25, 2013

I’m about to tell you a cautionary tale involving food, phones, fighting and fire. 

One evening while preparing dinner, I was on the phone arguing with my oldest son.  I don’t remember the subject, I just know I was right and he was wrong.  And, I told him so as I lay green beans on a metal steamer in a pot, forgot to add water, then placed the pan over high heat on the stovetop.