"...she had warts." A local Portland station urges neighbors to check in on one another. A photo shows a group of men standing in the street, spaced well apart, but talking about how they are doing in isolation and making plans to monitor how the neighborhood is managing. I won't pretend this is a silver [...]


  A recent post on Apartment Therapy reviews how housework was done a hundred years ago. She describes following a housekeeping manual: "I Tried a 1920s Cleaning Routine for a Week—And It Was Nearly Impossible." It wasn't impossible, of course, but it was rigorous, with daily tasks and tasks completed on specific days. Monday was washing [...]


We have family coming for dinner next week, and I am test-driving family recipes and trying out a couple of new things. I hope to serve Waldorf salad (without nuts or brown sugar), cold poached salmon with sauces no one is allergic to, the mushroom-and-wild-rice casserole (without flour or butter or cream), Brussel's sprouts, and [...]