On Monday, Wake County (NC) students on the traditional calendar went back to school. Like many city/suburban areas, the school board mandated masks for everyone inside school, despite some intense protests by some parents. Last week, my city, Cary (a town outside Raleigh, NC), also imposed a mask mandate within city buildings. That, too, has … More Having Ethical Questions around COVID Vaccinations? Let’s check in with NYT, WaPo, the Mayor, and the Dalai Lama.
It was quite a busy and emotional weekend for me, as it probably was for many others. On one hand, it was a weekend of endings. For many/most/all? of the public North Carolina college, this was graduation weekend. Many of my son’s childhood friends, who are the children of my friends and usually my former … More A Weekend of Endings and Beginnings
Tonight, for the first time in I don’t know how long, I’m going to a friend’s house for a potluck dinner and meeting with people outside my own household, and…I’m SO EXCITED! The people coming are all 2 weeks+ past our full vaccinations, so we have the CDC’s blessing. Of course, we’ll still be cautious … More What Song(s) Do You Associate With Our Year in Lockdown?
Asparagus is my favorite Spring vegetable. I absolutely love roasted asparagus! It’s an amazing plant as well. When you first plant it, you have to wait for 3-5 years to harvest many spears because it takes that long for its root system to get really strong. But it is a perennial plant, and can continue … More Meatless Monday, Early Spring Edition
North Carolina is known as the Tar Heel State because from the earliest times of our country, it produced a lot of the country’s tar from the numerous pine trees in its forests. So it is no surprise that we are now in what North Carolinians call “The Yellow Season”––the two weeks in the spring … More The Blessing of Pollen
In yesterday’s post about Easter dinner, I said I didn’t have a set tradition around Easter dinner. However, there is one Easter food tradition (besides CHOCOLATE, of course). Somewhere around Easter, we always have quiche. The reason for that is simple. When my son was younger, we always dyed Easter eggs. He has outgrown that, … More Meatless Monday, Easter Edition
I know I’m a couple of days late, but still… I hope everyone had a nice holiday. We certainly did. Easter is an unusual holiday for me because I don’t really have any specific food traditions around Easter dinner. Growing up, my family wasn’t religious, so Easter wasn’t a big deal other than the chocolate … More Happy (Belated) Easter!
One of my other favorite Spring holidays is the Spring Opening Day for the Farmers Market! While we are fortunate that a few key vendors at the Cary Downtown Farmers Marke continue to come every Saturday morning year-round, the official season is the first Saturday in April through the last Saturday before Thanksgiving in November. … More Farmers Market Spring Opening
As I explained in my post on Nowruz, the Persians/Iranians celebrate their New Year (held on March 20, the first day of Spring) for a full dozen days. On the 13th day, they conclude with a holiday called Sizdah Bedar. Also known as Nature’s Day, Sizdah Bedar literally means Thirteen Outdoor. It is supposed to … More Happy Sizdah Bedar!
On this last day of March, I wanted to return to a post based on another March holiday, but one I didn’t get to write about at the time: March 6, or National Oreo Cookie Day. That seems like a pretty specific holiday, but Oreos are a classic. I rarely get desserts, and if I … More Guess How Many Different Oreo Choices There Are at my Grocery Store