A Glut of Peaches

I pity the man who can travel from Dan to Beersheba, and say, "'Tis all barren": and so it is: and so is all the world to him who will not cultivate the fruits it offers. -Sterne (A Sentimental Journey) via George Eliot (Daniel Deronda)   During the last week of July, with the soundtrack…

Bright and Bitter

But I don't think it matters what my darling said. She was always merry. -Charles Dickens (Bleak House)   I've written this post no less than a hundred times in my head. Back in mid-December, it was going to be about a family recipe for a deliciously tangy braised chicken, but, by the time the…

A Chutney Fit for Thanksgiving

Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love. -The Song of Solomon   The last three weeks have passed quietly; in a way, things have been more calm and peaceful than ever. But beneath this calm, there has been a constant stream of change. After months of false starts,…

As Tightly as I Can

In this world where every object was thrown away at the slightest sign of breakage or aging, at the first dent or stain, and replaced with a new and perfect substitute, there was just one false note, one shadow: the moon. It wandered through the sky naked, corroded, and gray, more and more alien to…

Of Jujubes and Spoon Sweets

 "It's a question of discipline," the little prince told me later on. "When you've finished washing and dressing each morning, you must tend to your planet."-Antoine de Saint Exupery (The Little Prince)   All week long, I've been following the Little Prince's sage advice and tending to my planet. You might say that things have fallen…