Getting to the Core of the Matter

Golden Delicious and jazz apples at Harvest -Photographed on Hasselblad H3D-39mb Camera 

I counted nine different apple varieties at a nearby greengrocer today. Sunday it took me 30 minutes to travel three blocks because I got caught up in Apple Festival traffic! And, purely randomly, when I asked my friend Jim to send a photo of his daughter so I could see her all grown up, he sent one of her in front of the country’s biggest apple basket.

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Wine and Women

winetasting

Last week I attended a wine-tasting party. I’m new in the neighborhood and Brenda and Jeanne, two women down the block, have been warmly welcoming. Brenda was walking her white poodle when she knocked on my door and invited me. “It’s a group of really nice women. We talk, drink wine, have cheese and chocolates.” There would be someone to instruct us on the nuances of Cabernet.

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Not Too Soon for Soup

Minestrone

I once met the beat poet, Lawrence Ferlinghetti . Well, meet is too strong a word. I was in San Francisco when I saw him in the window of a McDonalds, I rushed in, told him I thought he was a great poet, left before he even swallowed his bite of burger. I thought of Felinghetti today because it’s autumn and the trees in my yard, the quaking aspen and the sugar maple, are changing color. His line “too soon, too soon” (in the famous poem The Penny Candy Store Beyond the El) laments the changing of the season and end of youth.

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Family Taste Test

taste testing

It doesn’t sound like an important family ritual, but when I call “taste test,” everyone drops whatever he or she is doing and comes into the kitchen. We meet at the counter, glasses or spoons at the ready.

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