It’s an Enema Made of WHAT?!?

This is how I would feel if I had to get an enema.

A few weeks ago I was reading an article about a woman who was having, shall we say, intestinal troubles.  And by ‘intestinal troubles,’ what I really mean is ‘constant diarrhea.’  Nothing her doctors could do would make it stop—no pills, no [...]

Mail-Order Plant Lust

One of my great joys in life is receiving a package in the mail marked ‘Live Plants Open Immediately’  I am a plant catalog addict, and the mail-order nurseries?  They know it.  They’ve got me on their lists.  They feed my habit.

The catalogs arrive in the mail, sleek and bright, full of photos of berry-laden [...]

Spoonbread Cornbread

You know how cornbread is usually really dry and crumbly, and you usually have to eat it with soup or greens or something really juicy to avoid getting ‘dry mouth?’  (My grandfather used to crumble up a piece of cornbread into a glass of buttermilk and eat it with a spoon.  Not a bad idea, [...]

Greens Like a Southerner

My maternal grandmother was born and raised in the south, but unfortunately her mother was not.  I blame this for the reason my grandmother was not much of a cook, and thus, had no family recipes to pass down to my mom or me.

This is why I only now learned how to cook greens.  Real, [...]

Dem Bones

When I moved back to Wilmington earlier this year, one of the first things on the “to-do” list at Clarendon was to cut down some trees.  Lots of them.  Especially a poplar that was near the house and, upon closer inspection, had heart rot.

While most of my friends would categorize me as a tree-hugger instead [...]

Merry Christmas

Trespassing on a nativity scene + labelmaker = cheap Christmas card.

Merry sacrilege, y’all.

Broiled Grapefruit

Every Christmas for as long as I can remember my dad’s godmother Vera sends a box of citrus from Hale Groves—always oranges and grapefruits, but occasionally tangerines, too.  When I ask my dad how old Vera is, he shrugs his shoulders and says, “Gotta be in her nineties, I guess.”

And still she sends the citrus.

It [...]

Better Late Than Never Cookies

Unfortunately the 'red sugar middle with green sugar edge' decoration scheme reminds me more of a watermelon than a christmas cookie.

Back in high school my friends and I used to bake cookies like it was our job.  It seems like at least once a week when we were hanging out we would get bored [...]

Happy Winter Solstice!

Happy Winter Solstice to all you pagans, gardeners, and hippies out there.

Here’s to the days getting longer and to seed catalogs arriving in the mail.

Here’s to just 77 days until the last frost, and to spring bulbs tucked neatly in the earth.

Here’s to a shower of blooms on the Christmas cactus, and to a garden [...]

The Cats

You can tell it's Siamese because it's hanging out with a statue of the Buddha. Otherwise, you wouldn't know, would you?

My great-grandmother (whose first name, I regret to tell you, was Wilna) used to have a Siamese cat named Lilly.  She loved that cat, and it would lay on her chest for hours [...]