Grits and Purls

Spinning yarns about the grit of life

The snow blew cold across the earth A solid blanket of white Nothing living seemed to stir No visitors to tame the night I wrote those words a long time ago—long before I moved from the Southeast to the Midwest, long before I had ever experienced a blizzard. Yet somehow I managed to capture the …

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When I was teaching genetics to undergraduates, one of the things (among many) that alarmed me was that none of my students had ever made homemade gingerbread cookies at Christmas. So I hosted an end-of-semester party at my apartment for my students, and for entertainment we made and decorated gingerbread cookies. My kitchen memories with …

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Today I came across the book “101 Things to Do With Zucchini” for the sale price of $1.42. Even at that bargain price I cannot bring myself to buy it. I cannot face it. Over the last two weeks we have had 2 lots of zucchini bread, a zucchini curry, and several batches of pan-fried …

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“Nothing feeds the center so much as creative work, even humble kinds like cooking and sewing. Baking bread, weaving cloth, putting up preserves, teaching and singing to children must have been far more nourishing than being the family chauffeur or shopping at supermarkets or doing housework with mechanical aids. The art and craft of housework …

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I pushed my grocery cart through the aisles, trying to make quick work of this week’s shopping, checking off another of my chores on my “to do” list, another of the mundane activities that mark the passing of time in my life: back-to-school day Monday, trash night Tuesday, bath night Wednesday, etc. I really didn’t …

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