Catching up with Cousins, Lots of Cousins

At our family picnics, there are so many cousins and children of cousins and their  children, it can be a challenge to meet and greet everyone. My Aunt Joleen has the system nailed down though, as I witnessed at our recent gathering. “Now, who are you?” she simply asked, as she made the rounds. And that’s …

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Christmas With Mom: A Pot of Sauce, Cookies and Laughter

*This is a post from December 2012 that I wrote on Huffington Post. I've reposted it here with photo updates and annotations from this year. I still make the cookies, I still cook for friends and family. I know Mom is watching, especially when I’m making the meatballs.   “I’ve got the sauce and meatballs …

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