The Morning After Thanksgiving

  My growling stomach woke me up this morning around 4:30 am.  I am normally not a big breakfast eater, but my belly taunted me relentlessly as I squeezed my insomniac’s eyes shut, praying for just a little bit more sleep. But, suddenly, I opened my eyes, giddy, and buoyantly thankful.  Today is the day…

Our Multicultural Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday began with bursts of sunshine popping into our bedroom windows early in the morning.  Birds chirped all around our house, and the Azaleas looked fresher than they had the day before. It was the beginning of a day of Christian renewal and affirmation of life, and of nature’s renewal, with the shrubs fluttering…

Holi St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2014 may just be the biggest party day in recorded history.   It is St. Patrick’s Day in the Christian world, and Holi in the Hindu world.  They are two religious holidays that, though celebrating different ideologies, bring out the raucous side of revelers eager to throw caution to the wind for one day…

Our Nearly Naked Christmas Tree

This poor Christmas tree has stood in our sunroom for over 10 days, just waiting for my attention.  I look at it everyday as I dash in and out of the house in between errands and tell myself, “yes, yes, I will get to hanging up the ornaments”.  Later. On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, my…

Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak

  Happy Late Diwali and Saal Mubarak to all of my Indian friends and family! Yesterday was Diwali, and it came and went without much fanfare for us.  My mother-in-law is out of town at the moment, and without her, we are sort of lost in observing the holiday.  It is true, that though my…

Lemons, Anyone?

Two nights ago, on October 31, our neighborhood was invaded by hoards of little people.  At least I think they were people.  There were short princesses, minute Spidermen, itty bitty vampires, and more than a few  vertically-challenged ninja warriors, all of whom swarmed the streets with flashlights and glow necklaces, yelling and laughing.  They sounded…