Seeing Them With New Eyes

We get used to the people we live with.  Everyone changes so gradually that it can be hard to notice the little differences, until we hit a sudden moment of clarity in which we are able to view these familiar humans with new eyes.  This has happened to me many times.  I recall the moment […]

Bobbing For Toilet Apples

“Daddy!” “What?”  That ought to do the trick.  Saying “what” should always do the trick. “DADdy!” “WHat?!  I’m downstairs!  What do you need?”  This had better not be something like his sock is on backwards or something.  Daddy does not want to spend the rest of the day running up and down the stairs, even […]

A Dark Dance With Caramel

It all started out so innocently, if one can ever use the word ‘innocent’ regarding caramel.  My apple had been sitting in the fridge for days and most of the caramel coating had slowly oozed down to the pan, forming a substantial disc on the top of the dessert.  The first bite is always the […]

The Contract That Almost Was

I was sitting in my living room on Friday evening, going about my business and getting ready for dinner when I got a call from my agent.  An opera company on the other side of the country needed a tenor, and they needed one fast.  Their original tenor had died suddenly with no warning, and […]