December 24, 2013
You have no idea how hard I’ve looked
for a gift to bring You.
Nothing seemed right.
What’s the point of bringing gold to
the gold mine, or water to the ocean.
Everything I came up with was like
taking spices to the Orient.
It’s no good giving my heart and my
soul because you already have these.
So I’ve brought you a mirror.
Look at yourself and remember me.
December 22, 2013
“Baker of food gifts” has somehow become my second job this holiday season. If you’re still looking for last-minute ideas, here are some of the goods I’ve been giving out. (Baking while listening to Beyoncé helps, too.)
Plain, lemon and chocolate sables
Ina’s Perfect Pound Cake
Bacon and Cheese Quick Bread
Chocolate Chip Banana Coconut Bread
+ Always a winner: Martha’s gingerbread blondies (sans white chocolate) with Sprinkles cinnamon cream cheese frosting
December 15, 2013
Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession. … Do that which is assigned to you, and you cannot hope too much or dare too much.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Self-Reliance
December 13, 2013
Let’s go somewhere far, far away.
Photos: Anders Krisar, Beyonce, Plastolux, DTI
December 12, 2013
“The truth is, rarely can a response make something better—
what makes something better is connection.”
Photo: Walter Hirsch, Dobber – The Kiss
December 10, 2013
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