WEEKEND POST 167

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I am, we are, Midwesterners in our hearts. But even the stoutest stalwarts for a properly cold, snowy winter could not fail to appreciate + revel in this soul-fortifying warmth well ahead of schedule.

Ushered in under cover of dense fog every morning this week, straight off the Atlantic and smelling sweetly of the sea, a new season is at our doorstep.

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WEEKEND POST 166

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Brightly colored light lunch cobbled together earlier this week to offset a characteristically February temperature retreat.

Simmered carrot bits that had been frozen for safe keeping with cubes of tofu in the ginger-garlic broth reserved from our Hainanese chicken rice adventure. Blended until creamy-frothy then served with charred pickled okra + cilantro leaves for texture + color. For how simple + last-minute this was, a surprising hit!

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WEEKEND POST 164

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The custom of predicting the persistence of winter or an early spring by observing a groundhog at sunrise likely predates the first official Groundhog Day in 1887. The superstition is rooted in the ancient Christian holiday Candlemas, celebrated on 2 February — the midpoint between the winter solstice + the spring equinox:

“If Candlemas Day be fair and bright,
Winter will have another flight;
But if it be dark with clouds and rain,
Winter is gone, and will not come again.”

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WEEKEND POST 163

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A harmless string of thoughts in conversation to one can be a jarringly sharp left hook to another. An invisible sucker punch that snatches your breath away.

Ever get flattened by words? Yeah, and as good-intentioned as they may have been, I find it difficult to quickly, fully stand back up again. What helps you?

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WEEKEND POST 162

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Early this week the world lost a kind, generous man who found the good in everyone + every situation. By way of the Alaskan frontier to South Dakota to Wisconsin, a photographer, woodworker, storyteller, I-can-do-anything extraordinaire. Truly one in a million, we know he’s making Heaven a brighter, happier place.

We love you + miss you, Grandpa M. 14 January 28 – 15 January 2018

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