Meatless Monday: Presidents Day/Mardi Gras Edition

Another day, another holiday! As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, this February the holidays are really packed together. Valentines Day came only two days after Lunar New Year, while the day after that is Presidents Day, and the day after that is Mardi Gras. Even for a heavy-duty celebrator like me, that’s a lot of … More Meatless Monday: Presidents Day/Mardi Gras Edition

Meatless Monday: Chinese New Year Edition

Although it’s a short month, February is full of holidays. The way the calendar falls this year, many of them seem packed together more closely than usual. I’m already behind on reporting about my celebration efforts to date. However, I’ll begin with yesterday’s Meatless Monday meal in honor of the Lunar New Year, usually called … More Meatless Monday: Chinese New Year Edition

The 12-ish Gifts of 2020: Meatless Mondays (Holiday Edition)

I’ve been reading these columns about the big cooking trends of the year, and honestly, I haven’t done any of them (for example, baking sourdough bread). Most of them, I haven’t even heard of, although it seems like a lot of them took off on TikTok, which I don’t know that I’ve ever even seen. … More The 12-ish Gifts of 2020: Meatless Mondays (Holiday Edition)

Not Feeling Christmas 2020? Hamilton to the Rescue––Again!

Earlier in the year, I wrote a post about although COVID restrictions had forced the cancellation of our beloved July 4th tradition of gathering with my spiritual center to listen to an outdoor concert by the North Carolina Symphony followed by a firework display, the holiday was still going to be special because they were … More Not Feeling Christmas 2020? Hamilton to the Rescue––Again!

Juneteenth 2020

I couldn’t help it. I literally laughed out loud this week when I read in the Washington Post that Donald Trump had announced: “I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous,” Trump told [Wall Street Journal journalist Michael] Bender. “It’s actually an important event, an important time. But nobody had ever heard of it.” … More Juneteenth 2020

Mother’s Day Reading: Circe by Madeline Miller

The literature classes that I teach for middle and high school students ended this week, and Sunday is Mother’s Day. I decided to acknowledge these two occasions by staying in bed late this morning to finish reading a wonderful book, Circe by Madeline Miller. In The Odyssey, Circe, the so-called “witch of Aiaia,” is one … More Mother’s Day Reading: Circe by Madeline Miller