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.
Several of the people and places I look to for book recommendations have said this was a good and fun summer read, so I requested it from our library. I just came in, and I’ve just started it. I have an inkling of what may happen, but I’ve deliberately tried to avoid any spoiler reviews … More Oh My Goodness! I’m in People We Meet on Vacation
The picture above shows my Juneteenth present for my tea-loving son: a blend called Alhambra 1400, one of the Time Travel series of teas created by the Raleigh Tea Company, available every week at the Cary Downtown Farmers Market. I chose that for two reasons (besides the fact he loves exotic teas and pretty much … More Celebrating Juneteenth
Now this may seem like a blog post about food, but it isn’t. It’s a post about community. It’s a post about the many small local businesses in every town that could disappear unless we support them. One of those businesses in the Triangle NC area is Baker’s Dozen Donuts on Buck Jones Road, part … More Support A Neighborhood Business for National Donut Day
‘Twas the day before T-dayand all through downtown,masked people were leisurely milling around.An autumnal day when the weather was mild––just perfect for posing for pics with your child.Happy young couples walking arm in armwith bags full of treats from Blue Moon and Le Farm.The wine store had people looking for adviceon what wine would make … More Poem, Prose, and Puns for Thanksgiving
It’s the last Monday in June, so I couldn’t let the month end without a meal to honor Gay Pride Month. This is a time of the year when our Farmers Market is filled with colorful fruits and vegetables from most colors of the rainbow. So it is only fitting that we have a rainbow … More Meatless Monday: Vegan Rainbow Tostados for Gay Pride Month
The Wake County Public Library System began allowing people who ordered books on hold to start picking them up as of yesterday, June 15. To me, that’s worthy of a celebration! So let’s have a little music… That is courtesy of the Nashville Public Library–so cute! When I got the notice about being able to … More Hooray! Limited Library Services Have Restarted!
Personally, I don’t miss shopping in a lot of my usual stores, and I can deal with eating take-out at home instead of eating at my favorite restaurants. But one of the things that I REALLY miss in our shut-down is our library system. I can walk to my nearest one, and love to work … More Wake County Library Seeking Book Returns on Thursday, May 28
I know we are all dealing with our own levels of fear about how this disease may effect us, our family, our friends, our neighborhood, and the world. So I wanted to write about a few ways my local community (Cary, NC) is coping with this situation. One thing I love is that our local … More Being a Good Coronavirus Neighbor, Part #1
When I’m in circumstances I deem, let’s say, sub-optimal, I always try to look for the silver lining. So this may be an ongoing feature of the blog as this pandemic situation plays itself out. Last night I was supposed to have a business meeting with a friend who was going to supply some wine … More Silver Lining#1: When Chocolate and Wine Become a Community Service