Go to almost any Italian restaurant in the United States and no matter the season you’ll likely find some iteration of pasta primavera. In fact if you were born after  1980 you have no recollection of a world without it, but like many other dishes attributed to Italy, Primavera is a modern dish conceived in […]

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  • March 26, 2015 - 12:37 pm

    Marci Schwartz Lutsky - This looks delightful Nancy! I will be making this once spring vegetables start appearing. Thanks!ReplyCancel

The piano has been around longer than I have. It belonged to my grandmother, then my mother, then me. I remember playing it with my dad, and sitting next to him while he played. He didn’t know how to read music, but he had a good ear, and though he knew bits and pieces of […]

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  • March 24, 2015 - 9:13 am

    Leslie - Bless your heart. This made me sad for the little girl you were. It sounds like the piano has become an instrument of healing in the present, though.
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    • March 25, 2015 - 8:57 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Leslie,
      We all have hurts that follow us, and finding the way to heal them helps us grow stronger.ReplyCancel

  • March 25, 2015 - 12:43 am

    Lizzi Rogers - A beautiful, haunting piece. I recently remembered hiding, as a child, for different reasons. I’m glad you’ve been able to think this through and discover the roots of your unease about the piano. I hope you enjoy it from now on :)ReplyCancel

    • March 25, 2015 - 8:49 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Thanks Lizzi, I have found that it’s always worth the work involved in unearthing these things.ReplyCancel

  • March 26, 2015 - 5:52 am

    Susie Fiddes - This is such and interesting story. It’s made me look around my own home and remember good and bad from days gone by. Thanks for provoking my thoughts.ReplyCancel

    • March 26, 2015 - 8:29 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Thank you Susie. I think we all store memories in objects as much as in our own heads and hearts.ReplyCancel

  The end of March is always a fun time at my house, because it’s birthday time! My daughter’s and my birthdays are just a week apart, and I admit that even at my advanced age, I still get excited about mine. One of the challenges of having a birthday in March is that the weather is […]

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I feel like every time I open Facebook there are new must-try food hacks, some are funny, some are really great, but more and more of these hacks are trying a little too hard. Just to be clear, I love a good hack, and I’ve posted some here, both mine and others’ but if it’s not […]

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  • March 19, 2015 - 12:38 pm

    Suheiry Feliciano - I think good food hacks are the ones that you remember because you actually use them, not just pin them or share them. I like your tips. I used to make pancakes for the week and freeze them. It’s so much cheaper than buying them frozen.
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    • March 25, 2015 - 9:02 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Suheiry, I think most people who do a lot of cooking use hacks and don’t even think of them that way.ReplyCancel

I spent my entire freshman year at Skidmore College feeling like a fish out of water, feeling Jewish. Nothing in my life had prepared me for the rich, beautiful, WASP-y girls I encountered when I got there. Suddenly I was surrounded by willowy blondes wearing twin sets and pearls to class and driving brand new sports cars. Growing […]

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  • March 17, 2015 - 6:16 pm

    Lisa @ The Meaning of Me - Isolation and awkwardness can happen to anyone, anywhere. I’m so sorry that those feelings followed you around – it’s amazing how an experience can linger long after we’ve removed ourselves from the situation.
    In the meantime, your photo has me hungry for a nice hot bowl of matzoh ball soup!
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  • March 17, 2015 - 10:51 pm

    Chasing Joy - It was very interesting reading this. As a black girl I have felt this many many times including at work, at some blog conferences, and in social situations where I have been the only or one of a few black people. For the most part I have adapted and don’t feel out of place. But often enough the feelings surface and I feel tired o being the only one.

    I think it was probably a good experience for you in the long run. It probably makes you empathetic towards others during times when they may fell like the gefilte fish.ReplyCancel

    • March 18, 2015 - 10:33 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Joy, Thank you for sharing that. Empathy is an important characteristic, one I hope I have.ReplyCancel

  • March 18, 2015 - 2:48 pm

    abundance in the boondocks - I enjoyed reading this post. I liked the words “I felt hideous and ethnic.” I enjoyed the contrasts between the WASP-y girls and the narrator. How brave it is to “raise the white flag” and move on.
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    • March 18, 2015 - 3:14 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Thank you Carey. I think just as there is something to the notion of hanging in and adapting, there is also some merit in knowing when something isn’t a good fit.ReplyCancel

  • March 19, 2015 - 3:52 pm

    Meg - Having grown up mostly poor in a mostly wealthy suburb, I know how this feels. I could never afford the trips or activities that others enjoyed. On the other hand, my empathy toward others less fortunate has opened my world and I’m grateful for that. Nicely written. Thanks for sharing.
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  • March 19, 2015 - 7:50 pm

    Meg Galipault - Having grown up mostly poor in a mostly wealthy suburb, I know how this feels. I could never afford the trips or activities that others enjoyed. On the other hand, my empathy toward others less fortunate has opened my world and I’m grateful for that. Nicely written. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

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