Courage To Laugh


It takes courage to laugh, especially when the things we are struggling with are no laughing matter. 

— Forrest Church

  • Title: Elsie Shaw, a 6 year old. Location: Eastport, Maine.
  • Creator(s): Hine, Lewis Wickes, 1874-1940, photographer
  • Date Created/Published: 1911 August.
  • Public domain photograph from the Library of Congress

Think About Your Loves


“Think about your loves, which, of all the things that may live beyond you, are the only things that really matter.”

— Forrest Church

  • Title: [Woman and man seated on grass near trees]
  • Creator(s): Frissell, Toni, 1907-1988, photographer
  • Date Created/Published: [between 1940 and 1969]
  • Public domain photograph from the Library of Congress

Feeling Safe


“Oh, the comfort – the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person – having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away.”  

—Dinah Maria Mulock Craik

(1866) Young Mother Gazing at Her Child 

Artist: William Bouguereau (French, La Rochelle 1825–1905 La Rochelle) Date: 1871  Medium: Oil on canvas

Metropolitan Art Museum

Piece of My Heart #janisjoplin

Piece of My Heart

Didn’t I make you feel like you were the only man?
And didn’t I give you nearly everything that a woman possibly can?
Honey, you know I did!
And each time I tell myself that I, well I think I’ve had enough,
But I’m gonna show you, baby, that a woman can be tough.

I want you to come on, come on, come on, come on and take it!
Take another little piece of my heart now, baby!
Oh, oh, break it!
Break another little bit of my heart now, darling, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Oh, oh, have a…have another little piece of my heart now, baby.
You know you got it if it makes you feel good,
Oh, yes indeed.

— Lyrics by Jerry Ragovoy and Bert Berns

Don’t Explain #billieholiday



“Don’t Explain”

Hush now, don’t explain –
Just say you’ll remain.
I’m glad you’re back.
Don’t explain.

Hush now, don’t explain
You’re my joy and pain.
My life’s yours, Love.
Don’t explain.

You know that I love you
And what love endures.
Nothing rates above you
For I’m so completely yours.

Don’t explain.

— Lyrics by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr.

  • Title: [Portrait of Billie Holiday]
  • Creator(s): Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964, photographer
  • Date Created/Published: 1949 Mar. 23.
  • Medium: 1 photographic print : gelatin silver.

Freezing Parsley #parsley

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Last year I planted two parsley plants and they did not do well. It was like not having parsley at all. So this year I planted three plants and they became these huge bushes! There is another plant not pictured, and I cut off all the parsley leaves on it.

I put all the parsley leaves in a bowl and trimmed the leaves off the stems with scissors.

It look a long time.

I decided to freeze the parsley into parsley logs.

Because it was going to take a long time, I set up a parsley-log-making station on my ottoman in our living room, while watching Cooks Illustrated:

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In the bowl are the cut parsley leaves.

I stuffed them into the bottom of a quart freezer bag, rolled it up into a log, and put a rubber band around it. I put all the logs into a gallon size freezer bag and put them in the freezer. When I want to use the parsley, I will open up one of the logs and cut it into inch size pieces. I will have fresh parsley for cooking all year long.

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Critic Housewife’s Kale Pesto #kale #pesto

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Isn’t this kale gorgeous? The pink color that is stroked around each photo is from the swatch color in the kale.

This is what the kale looks like when it’s in the ground:

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This is Kamome Red Kale.

I hadn’t grown Kamone Red Kale before. It’s used in a lot of landscaping because it’s arty-looking.

I decided to make pesto from this kale. I thought it was SO delicious. My husband and son said the dish tasted a little bitter (probably because of their delicate Norwegian palates), but I couldn’t taste bitterness at all!

So, use Curly Kale instead, if you wish:

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This is Curly Kale.

Curly Kale is good for when you want to make Kale Chips.

Here is my Kale Pesto that I made last night, using bow tie pasta:

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Critic Housewife Kale Pesto

  • 2 packed cups of kale
  • 2 sausages, any flavor, casings removed
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons walnuts, lightly toasted in a dry skillet
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 – 1 pound box bow tie pasta
  • 1 cup cranberries or raisins (optional)
  1. Thoroughly wash kale. Cut out middle stem. Cut into bite-sized pieces. Put in food processor.
  2. Cook loose sausage and cranberries in a fry pan until sausage is done. Set aside and keep warm.
  3. Cook the pasta in a stock pot until al dente. Strain water and put pasta back into stock pot.
  4. Add salt, garlic and walnuts to food processor. Process until it’s the right consistency for you. Scrape down sides of processor.
  5. Add cheese to food processor. While processing, slowly add the olive oil. Process until it’s the right consistency for you.
  6. Add the sausage mixture to the pasta.
  7. Add the pesto to the pasta.
  8. With a spoon, gently mix pesto into pasta until the pasta is thoroughly coated.


I Won’t Give Up

“I Won’t Give Up”

When I look into your eyes
It’s like watching the night sky
Or a beautiful sunrise
Well, there’s so much they hold.
And just like them old stars
I see that you’ve come so far
To be right where you are
How old is your soul?
Well, I won’t give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I’m giving you all my love
I’m still looking up.
— Lyrics by Jason Mraz