Here, There, Everywhere

"Don't discourage me. In my job I have to paste one fact to another with words, and in the end everything has to seem coherent even if it's not.""But if the coherence isn't there, why pretend? "To create order." -Elena Ferrante (The Story of the Lost Child)      It's hard to believe now as life again…

A Simple Wish for Waffles

"I was sad all day, and why not. There I was, books piled on both sides of the table, paper stacked up, words falling off my tongue.The robins had been a long time singing, and now it was beginning to rain.What are we sure of? Happiness isn't a town on a map, or an early…

Taste of the Tropics

Oh, gentle feelings, soft sounds, the goodness and the gradual stifling of a soul that has been moved; the melting happiness of the first tender, touching joys of love--where are you? Where are you? -Ivan Turgenev (First Love) On a lovely sunny and carefree Saturday morning about two weeks ago, I woke up knowing that…

Bread, Beauty is Thy Name!

Whatever the hands of man take up with love is holy.-George SeferisComrades and faithful readers, I have finally done it: I have baked the bread I've been talking about for months! I know what you're thinking though...you're looking at the picture and wondering if I've gone mad because, clearly, "That's not bread, that's cake!" My…