Reflections on writing about love…

Learning about dialogue often requires studying the work of others. What works, what doesn’t, what sounds forced, and what rolls naturally. Dialogue transforms when taken from the page and enacted. I admire the conversations between Joan and Sherlock on the television series, Elementary. It’s not often I find the story line of television worth considering, but as a long time fan of Sherlock Holmes, Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller–I indulge in rare, late night, earphoned, Hulu binges. Occasionally, words will find their way into my waking and sleeping mind, resting there until I analyze them, dissect them, and consider them thoroughly.

Joan:

Do you think we’re cut off from the world? You know, neither of us dates, neither one of us goes out much, at all really.

Sherlock:

We aren’t cut off from the world; we’re engaged in creating one that’s actually worth living in, one that addresses our needs entirely and eliminates anything extraneous.

Joan:

Well, my friends signed me up for this dating website and I think I’m going to put my profile up, you know, so be nice in case I bring someone around.

Sherlock:

Won’t be an issue, Oh, our journalist tears herself away from her adoring public.

Joan:

Why won’t it be an issue?

Sherlock:

Because you won’t actually bring anyone around,

I’ve lived most of my life with the firm conviction that romantic love is a delusion; it’s a futile hedge against the existential terror that is our own singularity. Then I met someone who calls herself Irene Adler, who forced me to reexamine those convictions. She, of course, turned out to be a criminal.

Joan:

We never really discussed how that made you feel.

Sherlock:

I feel liberated. I am now and forever, post love, and as such, free to pursue a life of meaning.

Elementary: Season 2, Episode 3, We Are Everyone.

The Author in Me

I am embarking on a journey to fulfill one of my life long dreams and goals. I have a publishing deal to write a book and I am thrilled, nervous, excited, apprehensive, and in awe of the task at hand. It is often funny, when we are standing of the precipice between our past and our future, what a swirling confluence of conflicting emotions can rise to the surface of our being.

I have published small articles, poetry, prose, fiction and short compositions in the past…but this is a book. A book! I am writing about something I know well, but not well enough. My working title is, Denver Food, A Savory Journey. I am looking forward to the research, the contemplation, the interviews, and drafting a manuscript. I am not looking forward to edits, changes, different directions, and road blocks. I have no doubt that writing this book is going to teach me many things, least of all, about the culinary scene in Denver. This book is going to illuminate me: who I am and what I am made of. I can’t wait!

Thanksgiving Celebration 2015

I have the great pleasure of preparing a meal for Thanksgiving 2015, for my family. There are few greater honors than opening my home and honoring long held traditions on this special day. Let’s give thanks for our abundance, creativity, our health, well-being, and our hopes for the future.

I am thankful to be in the position to celebrate this day with my loved ones. In safety, in luxury, and in fondness.

First Course

Perrier Jouët Brut Champagne

La Tur Hillaire Triple Cream

Pecorino Romano

Proscuitto

Salumi

Second Course

Cantine Gallura Vermentino

Roasted Squash, Cipollini Onions, and Baby Beets, on a bed of sautéed Baby Spinach, Arugula and Kale

Smoked Rocky Mountain Trout blended with Crème Fraiche and Fresh Herbs

Third Course

Enrico Serafino Barbaresco

Roasted Turkey with Herbs and Caramelized Sage Butter

Pancetta and Garlic Gravy

Spiced Pumpkin Mousse

Spiced Cranberry Chutney

Peg’s Green Bean Casserole

Josh’s Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Morel Mushroom Risotto Milanese

French Baguettes and Savory Pumpkin Muffins

Fourth Course

1950 Colheita Port

Mama’s Pumpkin Pie

Chestnut and Chocolate Mocha Torte

Gorgonzola Dolce Gelato with Walnuts

pictures to follow….