A True Turkish Delight

When I was in Istanbul a few years ago, it was in the middle of a very hot summer, one so humid that I constantly found myself on the verge of wilting, with little pools of sweat constantly forming in the creases of both my legs and arms. To cool off in the afternoons, the…

Pumpkin Pie Goes Greek

To die your while life. Despite the morbidity, I can't think of a better definition of the writing life. There's something about writing that demands a leave-taking, an abandonment of the world, paradoxically, in order to see it clearly. This retreat has to be accomplished without severing the vital connection to the world, and to…

Spinach Pie and Flying on the Fourth of July

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You…

Chicken Fun

The forest stands as a shivering pillar for night/and the silence is a silver cup where moments fall/echoes distinct, whole, a careful chisel/sustained by carved lines. . .-George Seferis ("Erotikos Logos") I woke up today to darkness and rain. Boo! Needless to say, this weather is beyond depressing. It's hard to believe that exactly a…

The 12 Shades of Christmas, Part II

He could see red, berries on holly and cotoneaster. He could smell lavender and thyme. All that could not be taken from him. And it didn't matter if, overnight, the colour had worn off the kitchen knobs. It didn't matter if the china light-shade in the kitchen had a crack he hadn't heard about before.…

This Little Piggy….

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”- J.R.R. TolkienEver since I was a little girl, I've had a special place in my heart for Thanksgiving. Each year I would get up ridiculously early to watch the Macy's Day Parade, check to see if…