A Hole is to Dig

Remember Maurice Sendak’s playful pen and ink drawings of children in Ruth Knauss’s A HOLE IS TO DIG? In that book, boys and girls roll in the

Musician’s Pie

You’re probably familiar with Shepherd’s Pie, that stick-to-your-ribs staple with its mashed potato crust, peas, and minced beef or mutton—hardy nourishment for anyone manning fields

Two Blondes And A Truck

A few weeks ago, writer Marianne Sprangers and I hit the road in a super-sized pickup, all in the name of research: Marianne, always wondering if there

Dreaming of Small Spaces

While growing up, my sister and I watched endless reruns of Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, and That Girl and then took turns pretending to

Regrets and Kindness

Regrets and kindness, what can they possibly have in common? Best-selling author George Saunders, for one. Saunders, speaking in Charlotte last week, said one of

When What If Becomes What Is

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster. —Isaac Asimov The unthinkable happened