Random Thoughts

The Regrets of Summer

It’s August. I have a couple of friends who, like me, can’t help but start to fret this time of year. Summer is almost over! It’s hard to enjoy it when you know what’s coming around the corner: back to school, cold weather, the dark days of winter. Yeah, yeah some of you love fall, […]

Read More

A Prism of Inner Beauty

Photo courtesy of Aluminousgift.com by guest blogger Renee A. James, essayist and blogger The beautiful, confounding, and kind of miraculous thing about bright white light is that it’s nothing of the kind. The gorgeous, soft spectrum of color that emerges when a ray of light passes through a crystal prism is so simple but so […]

Read More

Sharing vs. Not Sharing

For Sadhvi To share, or not to share? That is the question. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said to my family “NO SHARING.” Especially when it comes to food—my food, specifically. Maybe it’s a lingering holdover from my childhood with four brothers and sisters and no sense of boundaries between us. Or […]

Read More

Judgment Day

So I was at a party and an old acquaintance came up to me and we were talking. He said something to the effect of “Nice party” and then dropped this bomb on me, “After all, you can always judge a person by their friends.” Really? I was swept back to a beautiful day at […]

Read More

Where Has All the Real News Gone?

I’ve always loved my local paper, the Allentown Morning Call. After all, where else am I going to see who has died that I might know, find a good Pennsylvania Dutch recipe I’ve been wondering about, read about the guy who was all drugged up and threw a can of baked beans at a car, […]

Read More

My Favorite Summer Memories

This one is for you, Jaa, who asked me to write about my favorite summer memories… The Barn Until I was seven (when my grandfather passed away), the farm I lived on was a veritable organic farm fantasy, and the barn was my castle. It was always stacked with hay bales, and in its cool […]

Read More

How to Get Unwired
(For Less Than $400 a Day)

  by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger Just two weeks ago, in this very space, I remarked about the cyber-connections many of us have to just about anything you could name, how that’s supposed to be some kind of 21st-century bonus, and why I tend to see things like this as the beginning […]

Read More

Blogger’s Block

It’s Sunday night. The bills are paid. The counter is clean. It’s summer. I have no more blogs on deck and I have a week ahead of me with no time for writing. I can’t think of anything to write about. I did make a really good non-mayo coleslaw this weekend, but it all got […]

Read More