Reconstruction Day

Elizabeth MarroBeginnings, Death, Family, Growing Pains, Inspiration, Love, Spirituality11 Comments

On Good Friday last year, my step-daughter checked into the hospital for the second phase of post-mastectomy reconstruction. As we packed to go help her through the recovery, I found myself pondering the word, “reconstruction” as if I’d never heard it before. Reconstruction is what people do after tsunamis, floods, fires, and wars. Builders in New York and New Jersey can’t … Read More

Urge to Purge

Elizabeth MarroEncounters, Endings, Family, Growing Pains, Things3 Comments

Above: Four minutes of fun in Bettina’s Minimalist Kitchen, “The White Box” (In English with subtitles). The urge to purge seems to be running through my network of friends and family like the cold that’s been making the rounds. Last week, I was flat on my back with just enough energy to watch the entire first season of Shameless (British … Read More

Seduction by Artichoke

Elizabeth MarroEat, Drink, Love, Family, Food, Love, Travel & Travelers8 Comments

There are the hearts you draw on Valentine cards, the chocolate ones, and the very useful muscle that is sending oxygen to your cells as you read this. Then there is the tender, sweet meat protected by the thorny leaves of the artichoke. The heart of the choke, or the “toots” as my husband’s family calls it, is the promise … Read More

Fruit-Salad Family Tree

Elizabeth MarroBeginnings, Eat, Drink, Love, Family, Growing Pains6 Comments

Deep breath. Here goes. My ex-husband, the oldest of six, is also my stepbrother. In my birth family, I am the oldest of five. In the family that formed after my mother married my-then-husband’s father, I became one of eleven. All my in-laws, in fact, are now my siblings. Except for my ex-father-in-law who is now my stepfather. And that … Read More