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Man’s Best Friend (An Essay about Laughter)

23 Dec

 

Published in the Ink Filled Page. 
Still available for publication. 
Contact me for an original file. 
Big Head River
It’s ok boy. Being man’s SECOND best friend isn’t so bad

Despite what you may have heard, man’s best friend is not a dog. Man’s best friend is laughter. Laughter doesn’t need to go for walks, it doesn’t need expensive vaccinations and it won’t get you in trouble for choking a neighbor’s sheep (I speak from experience here). Think about it: how many times has a laugh-free first date gotten you a goodnight kiss?  Giggling, chuckling, bellowing, cackling–they all come from the same place. And they’re all really useful, too. I’ve used laughter all my life, in different situations all around the world.

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Stir-Fried Love (A tribute to Mom and Food)

5 Dec
Essay Published in Cup of Comfort for Mothers
Still available for publication. 
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Wok

Dinnertime–I reach for a worn handle. The tapered wood, one inch in diameter at its thickest point, slips between my fingers like the key to a snug house. A warm feeling shoots into my hand, different from the flames heating the well-seasoned wok before me. I wonder how many times Mom had gripped the handle of this wok?  How many hours had she stood over it waiting for the oil to get that wavy look before tossing in meats and vegetables expertly sliced and diced by her hands. I turn to cut some ginger and with a sweep of my knife’s blade I scoop slivers of the flavorful root into the wok. The ginger hits the oil and sizzles immediately but not so much that it burns. I inhale the familiar smell and sigh. I’m no longer a grown and married man with a child on the way.

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