Both Sides of the Fence

A Tosa resident since 1991, Christine walks the dog, cooks but avoids housework, writes and reads, and enjoys the company of friends and strangers. Her job takes her around the state, learning about people's health. A Quaker (no, they don't wear blue hats or sell oatmeal or motor oil), she has been known to stand on both sides of the political and philosophic fence at the same time, which is very uncomfortable when you think about it. She writes about pretty much whatever stops in to visit her busy mind at the moment. One reader described her as "incredibly opinionated but not judgmental." That sounds like a good thing to strive for!

Grandma's spaghetti

Food, Mom

I grew up in a neighborhood rich with Sicilian families, which meant I grew up eating very well. Mom was a fabulous cook too, but inclined more toward baking. Still, when it comes time to make spaghetti, it's Mom's recipe I use.

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Cleaning tips from the dead

Mom, Stuff you really want to know

I've been thinking about my mom a lot lately. It's been almost four months since she died, but I find myself thinking about her more, not less.

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What isn't lost

Aging, Mom, Spirituality

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Celebrating a life: shamrocks and soljes


The Norwegian solje pin commemorates special occasions. This is a wedding solje, given to a bride by her husband on the morning of her first day as a wife.

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Another kind of love story

Aging, Mom

"So how'd it go," I asked Mom.

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