I remember my father sitting in his office, with the low hum of talk radio in the background. How could he listen to it all day? Why didn’t he listen to music? I couldn’t imagine opting for endless chatter over the Jackson Five and Credence Clearwater Revival that came to me through my A.M. radio […]

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  • October 19, 2016 - 8:49 am

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Great Post Nancy. I know what you mean on the music, for Frank Sinatra, the 40’s and any kind of dance music transports me into memories of my family and extended family, and many happy memories thereof. With Sirius I have found the 60’s station uplifts me, I’m gathering a deeper appreciation of songs whose beats and lyrics are simpler, less aggressive, not in your face or angry. My grandson loves it too. Talk radio is nice in certain genres for me, but now I’ve gotten off your real point, nevertheless,great topic with interesting insights and points.ReplyCancel

    • October 19, 2016 - 9:36 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Thanks Peggy. I think I’m spending a little too much time in my head these days.ReplyCancel

    • October 20, 2016 - 5:38 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Thanks Peggy,, I have really gotten into the Broadway station (hence the Hamilton obsession).ReplyCancel

  • October 20, 2016 - 2:29 am

    Melony Boseley - I’ve never been into talk radio but apparently my mom suddenly has gotten into it too. I think it has something to do with Sirius. Because it is so readily available at any time of day.ReplyCancel

    • October 20, 2016 - 5:37 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Wait, you’re still young 🙂ReplyCancel

  • October 20, 2016 - 6:10 am

    Danielle - There is a always a beautiful flow to your writing. It’s so easy to read and conversational.

    I actually loved this. The internal battle between yourself now and then; becoming like your father. It’s super relatable.ReplyCancel

    • October 20, 2016 - 5:38 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Thanks Danielle. ReplyCancel

Stuffed cabbage is one of my childhood favorites. My mom made hers with a secret ingredient; ginger snaps. I found the recipe in a spiral bound cookbook that was put out by the Nassau Community Temple Sisterhood group cookbook. The book is probably from the 1960’s, but I can’t be sure because the cover (as […]

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  • October 17, 2016 - 7:57 am

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - This looks really interesting Nancy. I love stuffed cabbage though I only prepare them around once a year. What a unique use of ginger snaps,I would love to experience the flavor on how they break down in the combination. Sometimes I’m regretful I didn’t save some old local flavor community cookbooks,I didn’t realize at the time… though I recently get one from my Aunt Betty which I enjoy. Thanks for sharing this delightful find! Have a great week.ReplyCancel

Dear Melania, I’m pretty sure the last week has been pretty tough on you, and I thought I‘d write and say I know what you’re going through. I spent ten years living with a narcissist, and they are never worse than when they feel backed up against a wall. I imagine as Donald’s wife he […]

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  • October 12, 2016 - 8:52 am

    Corrine Sylvia - Nancy,

    I was so moved as i read your letter. Brilliant and incisive and so very sad.

    Thank you.

    Corrine SylviaReplyCancel

  • October 12, 2016 - 2:03 pm

    Lisa @ The Meaning of Me - Wow. So insightful Nancy. Thanks for sharing that.ReplyCancel

  • October 13, 2016 - 12:09 pm

    Shailaja Vishwanath - You made me see a whole new side to this woman. That’s some powerful writing.ReplyCancel

  • October 13, 2016 - 1:01 pm

    Danielle - What a different way to approach the topic of Trump. I often wonder what she’s going through.ReplyCancel

    • October 13, 2016 - 1:51 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Her life must be Hell. Or she never sees him…ReplyCancel

  • October 13, 2016 - 2:17 pm

    Chloe Jeffreys - I’ve been wondering about her too. We haven’t heard a peep from her since the convention debacle.ReplyCancel

    • October 13, 2016 - 2:20 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - If she’s lucky he’s staying far from home.ReplyCancel

  • October 13, 2016 - 4:51 pm

    Melony Boseley - That is some powerful writing, Nancy. It’s so easy to discount her as just a pretty face, but she must hurt an awful lot being married to a man like him. I hope she is as far from the maddening crowd as she can get.ReplyCancel

  • October 13, 2016 - 4:55 pm

    Ellen - I hope for her sake that when this is all over, she will just pack up and move out.ReplyCancel

  • October 13, 2016 - 7:26 pm

    Roshni - I’ve often wondered how she puts up with him. But maybe he’s just holed up in his tower and never gives her the time of day – which would be very nice for her!ReplyCancel

    • October 13, 2016 - 7:47 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - We can only hope!ReplyCancel

  • October 13, 2016 - 8:24 pm

    Priyanka - I do feel sorry for her sometimes, but you articulate it so well. I love how even an imagination can be so fleshed out, possibly with an undercurrent of personal experiences.ReplyCancel

When it comes to my slow cooker I have been a slow learner. Last week I did an experiment and found it was worth the time (and extra mess) to brown the meat before cooking. This weekend while shopping for five things from Costco (and returning with about twice that) I saw boneless pork chops […]

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  • October 10, 2016 - 3:59 pm

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - I’ve never cooked pork chops in my slow cooker but it sound and looks mighty good! Alongside the kasha is nice too. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • October 11, 2016 - 11:51 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - I am just winging it Peggy!ReplyCancel

I do not have a dog, and if I did, I assure you I would not have a bumper sticker that read My Dog is a Republican. My dog wouldn’t be a Republican. My dog would be an independent, or perhaps a Objectivist.  I have unaffiliated cats. The other day as I was sitting in traffic […]

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  • October 5, 2016 - 2:17 pm

    Danielle - Cute! I think both of my dogs are happy with whatever candidate gives them the most attention and biscuits. I’ll be happy in November when this election is over, won’t you?ReplyCancel

    • October 5, 2016 - 2:41 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Indeed!!ReplyCancel

  • October 5, 2016 - 5:18 pm

    Patricia - laughing the way cats do when they have made a fool of you… So spot on!!ReplyCancel

  • October 6, 2016 - 2:53 am

    Melony Boseley - Hahaha I’m still chuckling. I have dogs who will eat out of whatever hand you have food in. They are definitely not Republican or Democrat or anything. My cats, on the other hand, are most certainly anarchists! Bahaha November cannot come soon enough.ReplyCancel

  • October 6, 2016 - 11:32 am

    Ellen - Just what I needed to see! A lighthearted take on this crazy election.ReplyCancel

    • October 6, 2016 - 1:43 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Thanks, just what I needed to write!ReplyCancel

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