Photographs can convey so many things: The inspiration we feel when an athlete gives a hand up to another who has fallen during a race. The joy and relief of children greeting a parent returning from war. The poignancy of shared grief. The pride in a loved one’s accomplishments. The humility and inspiration gained from any picture of Mother Teresa at work. (For joy, photos taken by my friend Brenda.)
My brother-in-law claims to hate sour cream. I wanted to be able to tell him there wasn’t any in this potato salad I created for my sister’s birthday celebration, a picnic of sorts. So just in case he asked, I used French onion dip, something he enjoys. Yes, it is sour cream-based. Don’t tell him.
I have many projects on my agenda as a new retiree by layoff. Go to Kentucky for our traditional Christmas in January: check. Pack up Christmas decorations: check. Host a lively discussion with the Best Book Group Ever: check (Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain, really good). Help pack up the life of my best friend for 30 years in three suitcases and a backpack and send her off to Australia to be deliriously happy: check (sniff). And relaunch my long-neglected food blog, which thanks to Maria Averion, has a pretty, fresh and professional redesign on my own domain: Check (yay).
We really like (and miss) Tommy’s in the Coventry area of Cleveland Heights; they serve their hummus with Cheddar melted on top. That and one of their spinach pies makes a heavenly meal.