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Oxford

  • The last photo
    July 4, 2010, 17 GMU students became Oxford students for three weeks. The opening dinner, when everyone was sleepy and disoriented, began with a reception in the Fellows' Garden, and proceeded with several courses--including a sorbet as a palate cleanser.

Sagonne with Ruth

  • Baby shower for Adriana
    May in France can be chilly, but the time Ruth and I spent with David and Michael in Sagonne was memorable in many ways. It was Ruth's first visit since she and Morrie saw it for the first time in 2005, so it was a "homecoming" of sorts for her. The home is beautiful, overlooks a chateau, and has an amazing wine cellar. Fabulous meals are a short, lovely drive away. Even the new puppy, Albion, is a loving part of this magical place. Ruth positively glowed during the whole visit! Click on any photo to enlarge. To see the whole series, click on the first one and then click "next."

Venice in November!

  • Screensaver
    Mark was giving the Keynote address at a conference in Venice, and I decided to go at the last minute. I had visions of wet feet and grey days, but it was a glorious five days, and I loved the architecture, the food, and the company. Click on the photo to enlarge.

Cioppino Feast

  • Before dinner the seafood is arrayed for its close-up
    My mother's annual Christmas Eve meal was a huge cioppino feast with San Francisco sourdough bread and fresh cracked crab from Fisherman's wharf. There was also always shrimp, clams, and fresh fish. It was legendary, and her friends would starve themselves all day before arriving! I have cooked East Coast versions which don't come close to her meals since the crab is frozen and the bread flown in. But our friends still revel in the garlicky seafood, and we always make a delightful mess. Click on any photo to enlarge.

At The White House

  • The entry past the bars
    On February 26, I was one of about a dozen reporters who joined the White House Press Corps for the launch of the Picturing America initiative, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Both George and Laura Bush spoke in the White House East Room, and a host of important people (including Tom Wolfe, Justice Scalia, untold numbers of congressmen, and other literati I didn't recognize) attended and later mingled with the Bushes at a reception in the West Room Dining Room. Reporters weren't invited to the reception! Click on any photo to enlarge.

Pizza Night

  • Upskirt
    All winter long, the Trenchers have come over for "Pizza Nights" at our house. It's a time to experiment with toppings, drink red wine (so good for our health!) and forget about our woes.

Parent Seminar 2006

  • The week after Thanksgiving may be an unusual time to have a turkey and ham gathering, but Eliot Waxman and I welcomed thirty-seven parents of our Senior Seminar students to the ninth annual microcosm of the "seminar" experience. The parents actively participated and the evening was, as always, enjoyable. Each year we find out why our students are so good---it comes from their parents!

Party at Museum of Natural History

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    The Bat Mitzvah party of my niece Rachel was unlike any party any of us had ever seen. Several large spaces at the Museum of Natural History were dedicated to the party, including the Mammoth Hall, the Grand Foyer with dinosaur skeletons, and the two story Marine Hall. The juxtaposition of modern technology, music, food, lights, and the ancient artifacts was breathtaking. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge each photo.

Cardinals and Squirrel

  • Baby is ready to fly away, because Dad still wants to give him nuts.
    Click to enlarge any photo. These photos are taken through the side door of our kitchen, because that way the birds seems to feel safe. A squirrel with no use of his right leg---due to a squirrel rumble in our backyard---enjoys eating the bird leftovers on our porch. Daddy cardinal comes to feed junior after the Blue Jays leave. Baby ruffles his feathers and cheeps while Dad breaks the nuts apart, then goes over to place the piece in baby's beak. CUTE!!!!

Birds on Sunday Morning

  • Female cardinal
    Quite early each morning, blue jays start cawing outside our kitchen door for some nuts. On this Sunday morning, I took pictures of all the usual suspects arriving to nosh. They have a "holding pattern," like planes in a crowded airport, and one by one (with many more jays than anything else,) they approach for a landing. Here are a few I caught on camera.

Empanadas

  • The color of these baked, not fried, empnandas comes from an egg wash.
    Adriana has inspired me to make empanadas, a delectable finger food with meat or vegetable interiors.

The Last Daytona AP Lit Reading

  • The Daytona Beach pier from my hotel window.
    2006 was the tenth and last time English Literature would be read at Daytona Beach. I will miss the pelicans, the waves from my hotel window, the trips to St. Augustine. I won't miss the tatoo parlors.

Wildlife in Fairfax Subdivision

  • Chipmunk cheeks
    Staying home from school has brought surprises: a buck, a coyote, and a fox all sharing space in our less-than-an-acre subdivision yard. You'll need to click on the photos to have any chance of seeing the Fairfax wildlife. I used to think our son David was as wild as it would ever get---but I was wrong!

Eggs and Conch Fritters

  • Eggs
    After eating the Cafe Atlantico conch fritters, I went on an internet quest to find the recipe, and was successful. They are the best recipe, by far, of an AP favorite from Florida. Score all day---conch fritters at night! The Farmers' Market eggs come from different varieties of hens---all free range, of course.

Dinner for California Guests

  • After dinner, the dishes are stacked and ready to put away
    When Joan Sills told me her friend Gail and daughter Lily were visiting colleges from Walnut Creek, California, I knew I had to show them some Eastern hospitality. Joan, Mary, and the visitors dined well after viewing Brown, Yale, Amherst, and other colleges. The menu: smoked salmon, spinach balls, parsnip soup, crab cakes with avocado puree, salad, fingerling potatoes, racks of lamb with mustard glaze, Chocolate temptation cake.

Homage to Julia Child

  • Puff pastry shells in the shape of fish will hold the seafood first course
    Since her death a few months ago, I have been wanting to serve an all-Julia dinner, as a kind of tribute to her and her influence on home cooks. December 10 I pulled it off! Click on any picture to enlarge.

Cambridge

  • Cambridge 2004
    These are photos from the George Mason University Center for Global Education Cambridge program. For three years I was their faculty sponsor in English Literature. Click on each picture for a description.

Faris Dinner

  • Anna and Ben
    When Jack and Karen Faris (friends of 32 years) arrived with their children, Bob and Anna, Anna's husband Ben, and their guest from Italy, Piero, it was time to pull out all the stops for dinner.
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