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An Open Letter to All Non-Parents from a Parent

When I was in my early 20’s, I worked in an office with several women who had children or were having children. One woman in particular was referred to as “Earth Mother” and was a frequent butt of jokes and resentment because she would bring her baby to the office, breastfeed him in the empty conference room, work special hours, and from time to time ask us to pick up the slack on group projects – none of which endeared her to us. She was also brilliant, hard-working, and a time management czar. Read more »


Seven Sundays Muesli

Muesli is a popular breakfast cereal that is predominately made up of rolled oats, fruits, nuts, seeds, and flakes (wheat, barley, and rye). More popular in Europe than in the US, muesli is often confused with granola, another healthy breakfast cereal. Whereas muesli and granola share many qualities, muesli is different in primarily three ways: muesli is usually a raw cereal meaning the ingredients are rarely baked or toasted before combined; muesli doesn’t have an oil to tie the ingredients together, and typically little or no sweetener is added to muesli because of the heavy concentration of dried fruits.There are, however many variations of muesli to appeal to a wide variety of tastes. Read more »



Alice Munro is often described as the foremost short story fiction writer of the times.  Born in 1931 in Ontario, Munro is well-known throughout Canada for her short stories but is less well-known in the US and England where her work has often been overlooked for awards because Munro hasn’t written the definitive novel that tends to garner literary distinction and international recognition. One has to admire Munro for not caving into the pressure to write “the novel” and instead stay true to her art by continuing to publish short story collections. Read more »


The Piano Tuner

Rain was pouring down from the skies causing mud puddles to turn into streams and parts of the dirt road to wash out. Still, Vlatko made his way down the mile-long driveway to the lone house on the lake. He parked the car, turned the ignition off and noticed the wipers stopped mid-way on the windshield as if his timing was slightly off. Vlatko always thought windshield wipers reminded him of a metronome, the tool musicians use to maintain a consistent tempo while playing music. Read more »


Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos

If you and your family like sweet potatoes, then Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos will become a family favorite….even if there are no vegetarians or vegans in your home. The overwhelming flavor of this dish lies with the sweet potatoes but the addition of the black beans, cilantro, onions and spices give the burritos a heartier flavor. Add the toppings…well, they’re the icing on the cake. Very simple to make, the potato and black bean filling can be prepared ahead of time then refrigerated until thirty minutes before dinnertime. Assemble the burritos and while the main course is baking, chop up the tomatoes and avocado, and grate the cheese. Dinner is served. Read more »