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Thanksgiving Sans the Bird

[Roasted and stuffed pumpkin for Thanksgiving, fall 2008.] Thanksgiving is the cook’s holiday — sure, Christmas can be, too, or Easter, or even New Year’s Eve if you’re kitchen-inclined and like me take any excuse to have a dinner party. But Thanksgiving is truly…

23 November 2009

For Mon Frere, on his Anniversaire

Dear Kurt, Today you are thirty years on this earth — thirty! As a wise friend told me last year when I turned 30, you are still so awfully young, even if it doesn’t always feel like it. Twenty-nine was a big year for…

19 November 2009

On Baked Beans, and an Enduring Love

[Pacific Ocean, Drake’s, March 2009.] The other day I ran 10 miles down through the park — with a mile along the ocean tucked in for good measure — and then sat for a bit on the sea wall at Ocean Beach to watch…

13 November 2009