Corn and Tomatoes

20150620_182548Spring brings quick gratification with greens and radishes and pretty flowers. But some things require more patience and room to grow, like corn and tomatoes.  Eventually the towering corn stocks will be pulled up to make way for okra and maybe pumpkins.

This corn is almost ready to pick...
This corn is almost ready to pick…

But right now  is the peak of perfection, the moment of maturity to be appreciated before it too passes. Continue reading Corn and Tomatoes

Who’s Gonna Clean the Fish

The first thing is to take a sharp knife and remove the scales.
The first thing is to take a sharp knife and remove the scales. Don’t let the scales go down the drain though!

I met a man, when I was a single woman living in Vallejo, who thought of me when he caught a salmon on the Benicia shoreline. That’s what he told me when he showed up at my door, proudly putting the large fish in my kitchen sink. I was impressed. Jumping ahead in the story a little, I will tell you that I married that man.

But, the day that he showed up at my door with a salmon, I asked him what I was supposed to do with that beautiful fish. I had eaten fresh salmon before, and I had cooked fresh salmon, but I had never gone fishing. I was used to buying fish fillets, not whole fish. I was a fish cleaning virgin. Continue reading Who’s Gonna Clean the Fish

Broccoli is Beautiful

20150509_184909Broccoli is a beautiful flavor busting flower growing in a glowing evening garden.


Not all flowers are edible but each one exclaims “I’m incredible!”

I buzz around with the bees picking herbs and strawberries, while high above the trees caress each other in the breeze.20150509_183440

Poetry, Storytelling, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Drama

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