For the Love of Food

“Food is the rare moral arena in which the ethical choice is generally the one more likely to make you groan with pleasure. Why resist that?”
~Barbara Kingsolver, in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Erma Bombeck Was Right

The late humorist Erma Bombeck wrote a column in May of 1990 titled “Older People Only Talk about Food.” The joke was that older people, going somewhere remarkable like Yellowstone, only want to report on the food they ate on the trip. The main reason, she speculates,...

Chew on That

Working the jaw is tied to memory and thought. So said a New York Times article reporting recent scientific research.If that's the case, why do I get my best ideas while showering, or while driving, rather than when eating? Maybe I chew at more times than I know. One...

Rotten Tomatoes?

Rotten Tomatoes?

I could scarcely believe what Bill was willing to pay for a box of tomatoes that were, by Joe’s Garden’s own labeling, “scratch and dent,” and looked near to being compost. But they made GREAT tomato sauce. We made four batches of Italian simple tomato sauce from...

Christmas Cookies Remembered

Some brain cells don’t die. People think kids don’t discriminate, that they just like sweets. But I still remember the white paper box each of us kids in the youth choir received one year. A generous box of assorted Christmas specialty cookies made in the kitchens of...

Tasting Complexity

It’s easy to see the attraction of simplicity. Often the simpler approach means less thought for our tired minds, and promises time savings so we can get onto the next thing in our schedule. And isn't industry ready with inexpensive “solutions” for us?Yet what do we...

Jean Waight

I write memoirs and essays, with a bit of fiction lying in a drawer. My work has appeared in the Red Wheelbarrow Writers anthology “Memory into Memoir,” in Cirque: A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim, in Ruminate Magazine, The Whatcom  Watch, and The Bellingham Herald. My sociological research was published in Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. I live with my husband in northwest Washington surrounded by tall trees.

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