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Post-holiday Menu

January 7, 2019

When I was kid, I was a picky eater, just like my Dad. There was a dividing line in the family. While my mom and brother would scarf down exotic things like green beans and lamb chops, Dad and I only hungered for toast and chocolate ice cream. As a growing child that wasn’t an option, so the compromise for school lunches was peanut butter and jelly. I consumed that sandwich every day for years, and never got tired of it. After all the rich food this holiday season, I’m ready to get back to basics.

Painting of pb&j by Oriana Ingber

Madame Speaker

January 3, 2019

Nancy Pelosi makes history, again.

Good Intentions

January 2, 2019

I hope your first week of 2019 is going well, or at least isn’t too wobbly. For my Career Coaching site, in honor of the season, I’ve written about New Year’s resolutions and how to make them really work. If you have an interest in the subject, check it out here

Cartoon for The New Yorker by Kim Warp

2019, Game On

December 31, 2018

Here’s to you 
And the sea you’ve swum.
That you’re still afloat,
And paddling on.
We’re almost there,
It’s almost done.
Another circle 
Around the sun.

Poem and Illustration by Oliver Jeffers

Let There Be Light

December 28, 2018

23 seconds and counting…

Twitter feed @HereComesTheSun

Too Soon?

December 26, 2018

Cartoon by P.C. Vey for The New Yorker

Ho Ho Ho!

December 24, 2018

To all who celebrate, a very, merry Christmas!!

Pasta Santa hats by Linda Miller Nicholson

Down Time

December 21, 2018

My iPhone battery is draining from all the Twitter use. I’m finding it very hard to turn off the news. In the nick of time, my Friday night unplug ritual is calling. 

Illustration by Stephan Schmitz

Creating Options

December 20, 2018

Regular FPS readers know that I host a lavish, annual Christmas dinner for close friends at my home. I started the tradition about 10 years ago to insure that I’d have a place to go for the holidays. All the planning, prepping, cooking and even setting the table with red and green decorative touches gives me a sense of belonging during an otherwise fraught time of year. There’s no mistletoe here, but lots of options for hugs and kisses.

Chart by Matt Shirley

Moral Compass

December 19, 2018

Today, Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Children’s Hospital in D.C. to hand out gifts to delighted kids. I’ve watched the video of his visit many times now. And I’ve welled up in tears, thinking about the long, dark journey we’ve traveled as a nation since his presidency. May the good times return soon.