Category Archives: Sustenance

On Turning 60

Stone Turtle

I turned sixty this summer.  Let’s pause for a minute and recognize the enormity of that statement.  As a workout buddy said, at fifty you can pretend that your life is only half over.  At sixty you’re not fooling anyone. Other older friends tell me to “jump on in, the water’s fine.” Having known them [...]

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Winter Reads

Mauve hellebores on closer inspection

The sun is hiding today.  Taking a rest from all those brilliant days and exquisite sunsets we had through the holidays.  I peeked outside at the mauve hellebores barely visible in the fog before scurrying back inside to pick up a new book someone thought I’d like for Christmas or an old favorite that nobody [...]

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Candy Crush

Tootsie Rolls - Halloween 2017

Though we’re likely to get just a handful of trick-or-treaters tonight, it didn’t seem right not to have candy at the door.  So, I swung by the local CVS and wandered the aisles looking for something to serve the brave ghouls and goblins who navigated their way to us. If I had a skeletal metabolism [...]

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Now That Was a Great Eclipse

Total Eclipse of the Sun, August 21, 2017 by David Kimball

When my brother Bruce sent an email to the whole family telling us that this summer there would be a total eclipse of the sun visible from mom’s backyard, I thought “big whoop.”  I mean, I’d seen a few partial lunar eclipses before and they were interesting but not life-changing.  Nevertheless, a major celestial event [...]

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Melting Pot Independence Day Menu

MixedBerryTiramisu

Independence Day demands a barbecue, don’t you think?  A few weeks ago I saw a recipe for barbecued ribs smoked in a spicy sauce featuring the Korean red chili paste “gochujang.”  Gochujang is certainly popular right now—seems like it’s a weekly ingredient in our Blue Apron kits—but we’ve used it a lot over the years [...]

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Trumped

“I wanted to see a woman lead the great nation, so my own spine could be straighter this blustery sunny morning.” Hilary Mantel The unthinkable—at least from inside my bright blue bubble—has happened and now Donald Trump is going to be our next president.  As you may recall I was am a Hillary fan girl.  [...]

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Friday Things: The Rise and Shine Edition

Sun rising over a swim club in the Oakland Hills

Because two friends I walk with in the early morning have been out of town for the past few weeks—summer travel has begun!—I’ve switched up my morning exercise routine by taking more yoga classes at the swim club down the road. Not entirely awake I stumble over to the sound of bird-song and the rhythmic [...]

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A Bridal Shower Using (Mostly) Barefoot Contessa Recipes

Mile-High Lemon Angel Food Cake

My oh my, it’s June already.  As Chaucer would say, Summer is A-Comin In!  This is one of my favorite times to entertain since the weather is good and the longer days make for a more relaxed gathering.  Plus the produce this time of year is excellent so food prep can be fairly simple. This [...]

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Friday Things: The Met Home Edition

Long before I started writing for shelter magazines I read them.  And the one I read the most was Metropolitan Home.  When it folded in 2009 it really left a void in my design inspiration library. Though I loved Dominique Browning’s editor’s note in House & Garden (another print publication casualty of the time),  the [...]

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Friday Things: The San Francisco Super Bowl Edition

Super Bowl Treats

True confession?  I didn’t know the Super Bowl was happening here in the Bay Area until last Saturday when my gay Mormon activist friend Mitch mentioned how early festivities had impacted the traffic coming from the city to a conference in Berkeley that we were both attending.  Now how in the world did I miss [...]

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Kathryn Pritchett

writes about Things Elemental — where we find shelter, why we connect, what sustains us and how we strut our stuff.

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    • Because the air is still toxic, we stayed inside and faced another hazardous situation—our downstairs store room. While working through some of the unopened boxes we moved 4 years ago we came across the round teak disc that fits the hole in the center of our old Smith & Hawkin patio table (see upper half of photo). It’s been missing for years. I mean years. Figured it was lost for good. Happy to be wrong.