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Finding Comfort

October 15, 2019

About one of my cherished friends, I’ve often thought that in times of stress, being with him is like diving into a bowl of mashed potatoes. And I mean that in the best of ways.

Image by MDNF

Family Food Favorites

October 14, 2019

Growing up, I never appreciated the sophistication of my mother’s menus. It was a time when canned fruits and vegetables were the rage. But every summer evening at our table, Mom began our dinner meal with a first course of fresh melon, and every winter evening, it was ruby red grapefruit.

Photo by Martin Parr

End of Week Zen

October 11, 2019

Painting by John McAllister

The C Word

October 10, 2019



Drawing by Chaz Hutton


October 8, 2019

As I head into Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement, I’ll be holding this reflection in my heart from Kurt Vonnegut

Who’s Your Match?

October 7, 2019

Today, a woman in my ballet class who I think is about 40, was wearing a solitaire ring on a chain around her neck. When I asked her about it, she said, “I’m married to myself.” I loved that and thought, things have really changed.

Illustration by Lisa Congdon

Cocktail Hour

October 4, 2019

What a weighty week it has been, starting with a New Year’s celebration, and ending with a close friend who’s father just passed. You – FPS readers – are always on my gratitude list, as is another day with my beautiful dog Rose. Time for a cocktail! 

Watch by Jean Jullien

Next Generation

October 3, 2019

Cartoon by Julia Suits for The New Yorker

Better than most people think

October 2, 2019

Photo by Elina Brotherus

Can it already be October?

October 1, 2019

Illustration by Aiko Fukawa