Keeping the Feast by Paula Butturini is like eating a rich desert.
The prose is light, almost crusty on top and dense and satisfying at its core. It's a luscious memoir of late-in-life love, dedication, healing and food.
The story chronicles the lives of Butturini and her husband John who are two professional journalists covering Europe around the fall of the Berlin Wall. We learn quickly that glamorous overseas assignments don't always turn out to be dream jobs and this one turns into a nightmare pretty fast.
Within days of her marriage, Butturini is beaten up by police thugs as she covers a protest and her husband is shot in a separate incident in Eastern Europe. The two events derail their idyllic life and plunge it into the darkness of depression.
Her husband struggles with post traumatic stress disorder for years and Butturini does everything imaginable to help them find their way back.
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Is somebody trying to tell me something, internets?
Last night I return home to Blogger Mansion and open the mailbox to find this...
Either all the funeral homes in Grapevine-Colleyville have suddenly become faithful followers of The Brief (and if you have, then why aren't you advertising?) or they've put out a HIT on me.
Quick question, Bluebonnet Hills and Neptune Society marketing geniuses - if ol' Bob hops up on your hot plate, who do you think will write this
crap brilliantly funny discourse on the world condition.
For those of you keeping score at home, here's (as Paul Harvey used to say) the rest of the story...
Yesterday evening I bring in the mail and like most people, I begin sorting it as I walk back to the blogger mansion. In with the usual crap, is an invitation-sized envelope with an offer no Baby Boomer could refuse.
This was no Publisher's Clearing House deal. No. This was something much bigger.
It was an offer for a FREE PRE-PAID CREMATION.
I know what you're thinking internets. So, what's the BDD (big damn deal), Bob? You're middle-aged right? Think it's 'bout time you started looking at your options? And free? You effin kiddin' me? FREE!?
Before you get all, don't-look-a-free-pre-paid-cremation-in-the-mouth, let's just clear something up right now. I don't dislike cremations. It's just that I don't want one TOMORROW. Middle-aged jokes aside (and I'm not really middle-aged, unless my life expectancy is 110) this s*** is creepy.
How does this deal work? Do I go in the back and lay down, or do you hit me in the head with a mallet...?
After almost two weeks of bitter COLD in Texas, here comes the sun. Hallelujah!
You won't believe this amazing little summer staple. Besides boasting a smokin' hot shade of pink and just a hint of heel, it's actually two shoes in one.
It comes with two sets of decorative ornaments that you can change out for different looks. There's a pretty pink flower perfect for poolside plus a dazzling jeweled design that cries "take me out." The decorations twist on and off with ease (that's a big deal when you have my wimpy wrists). And since they don't involve snaps or clips, they stay put.
Here comes the sun! We're celebrating by giving away a FREE pair of trendy, black Brazilian Flip Flops from our friends at FlipOut Sandals.
Read on for details. Contest ends Feb. 24!
The Story Behind the Song. The Exclusive Personal Stories behind 101 of Your Favorite Songs is part of the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul series. For those Boomers who like their trivia - especially of the music variety - this one's a gem.
Candlelight, wine, dessert for two prepared with a hearty helping of love. Ahhh!
There's no surer recipe for romance than serving your special someone one of these sweet treats for two from Chef Jacques Haeringer, author of Two for Tonight: Pure Romance from L'Auberge Chez Francois. As Chef Jacques says, "Love Begins in the Kitchen."
Why not set the stage for romance this Valentine's Day? Whether you're planning a cozy dinner at home or a big night on the town, you could just steel the scene with a little help from these date-night-perfect beauty boosters.
My mother tried teaching by example. When I was growing up, she swept our tile kitchen floor after every meal (or had me do it ... a natural consequence of being the oldest child.) But somehow the habit never stuck.