Recipes for Trouble

My Garden Risotto

There’s a story here. It’s a garden begun in the cold early days of the pandemic, seeds placed tenderly in egg cartons and plastic clamshells. It’s the terrifying, glowing reality of isolation, distancing, and government neglect. It’s reading Arendt and Duras the first month of the pandemic, and meeting online with a hilarious group…

Recipes for Trouble

Lemon Cupcakes

My little friend is 5 years old. He arrives on my porch and announces himself with a loud, officious knock. I open the door to his beaming face – he’s run ahead of his mama, who is hauling his scooter and a knapsack full of snacks and toys. I move in for a hug….

Recipes for Trouble

To Say Goodbye

When are you going to write something new said The Scrabble Player. I check your blog every day. You do? I asked incredulous. And then: I think I’m done. Scrabble Player nodded in her mild, earnest way and added, quite seriously Maybe. You. Need. To. Say. Goodbye. We’ve both been dealing with good bye,…