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Whispering Into the Wind

Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths. -Joseph Campbell Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. - Joseph Campbell I am not much for resolutions, never having kept up with any over the years, and particularly despising those that involve pre-dawn physical activity and joining the determined, scary mothers with stone hard thighs pounding on treadmills. In the quiet of my bedroom on New Year's morning, I will feel the celebration begin and see the year unfolding before me like white foolscap yet to be written on. A new journal is... Read more →

Tell Nanny to Bring the Children in to Say Goodnight

So I didn't take the wall down. I probably would have done it 10 years ago, but there was that little worry about the second floor caving in. I have plenty of things to do around here on my time off. There are the presents to exchange, decorations to tidy, and laundry, laundry, laundry. But Mr. Pom and I are suffering with a bug for the last week and we're tired and cranky. Poor man had no day off but Christmas but does have a four day weekend coming up and we will coddle him then. Me, I am being... Read more →

Skil Saw Anyone?

My husband gave me a pot for Christmas. One of those heavy, enamel Dutch oven thingies. Which is a great pot that I know I'll use like crazy, but I'm like, yo, a pot? For Christmas? We're not practical gift people. You'll never see a vacuum wrapped under the tree. For full disclosure, I will tell you that I also got jewelry, which I love, so it's not like he's lost his mind or anything. Just that the box was big and heavy so my mind started reeling with the possibilities (though I don't think a Coach bag is that... Read more →

And A Good Time Was Had By All

Christmas Eve at the Pomegranate House. The decorations are hung, tree trimmed, candles lit, and all dressed for church. Then mad dash back from church to whip out the hors d'oeuvres, open the champagne, and fire up the backyard lobster cooker. So begins our annual Christmas Eve lobster feast, the only time of the year that we eat lobsters anywhere but on the Cape. Christmas Eve dinner, inspired, arranged, and cooked by Mr. Pom for the last 27 years. My dear, romantic husband, who started the tradition when it was just the two of us and our Siberian husky, a... Read more →

Da Bronx at Christmas

Sunday evening, we visited Mrs. Pom In Law, who isn't up to visiting us for Christmas Eve dinner. I made a lasagna and we brought her a tiny Christmas tree and her presents. She enjoyed the food, her gifts, and the company, and we all felt better knowing that she had some cheer over the weekend and doesn't have to wait till Christmas day to see us. On the way home, we decided to take a trip to the north Bronx and find the famous Christmas house. People come from all over to see the elaborate Christmas decorations displayed at... Read more →


A few last looks at Christmas in the city. Enjoy your holidays, stay well, be with friends and family, engage with the spirit of rebirth and renewal, and eat all the cookies you can! How can you not feel the spirit of joy with lights all round? City lights twinkle like snow above our heads And a spider's web of crystals ensnare us with good tidings Gingerbread men wait to jump into our mouths Even the buildings put on the best finery The city is ready, let the party begin! Read more →

Out On the Town or the Poms Take Manhattan

In a rare treat, the Pomegranates left their little house on a school night in the dark and went into the Big City for some traditional Christmas fanfare. You see, it was The Teen's 16th Birthday and we weren't done celebrating yet. (Being a Pomegranate,however, The Teen's first order of business was to get a learner's permit, which she did. More about that later after I recover the power of speech and sight after being struck dumb and blind by seeing my baby driving down the street....) So we all rushed home from work, got all duded up (some more... Read more →

The Cookie Fairy

A few years ago, I wrote a post about how I missed the baking at Christmas that my family and my aunts and grandmother used to do. I was longing for the time and desire to make dozens of pretty cookies and fill my house with the scent of Christmas. A few weeks later, a mysterious package arrived at the door. In it was dozens and dozens of gorgeous, intricate, brilliantly decorated cookies made by someone I didn't even know. Rachel Scott, a blog reader and caterer and baker extraordinaire, gave me the Christmas experience I was longing for. My... Read more →

Sugarplum Recipes

Here are the requested recipes. Please note that I haven't made these, so I can't vouch for their reliability, just for the delicious taste of when Aunt Anita made them. If you make any, please let me know how they turn out. My aunt would be thrilled. LEMON CHIFFON PIE by Loretta Rubino, 1970: Serves 6 to 8 5 egg yolks 1 pkg Knox Gelatin 5 egg whites 1/4 c. water 1 cup sugar 1 tsp lemon rind 1/2 c. lemon juice (which is about 3 lemons) 1/2tsp salt 1 baked pie crust Beat egg yolks, add 1/2 cup sugar,... Read more →