Category Archives: Smallpeace

Ode to a Daffodil

So I am climbing up and up the park stairs to City campus one Monday evening when I pass a bed of golden daffodils laughing.  “Spring is coming, spring is coming,” they gaily prattle as their many-pointed heads jiggle and … Continue reading

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The Princess and the Deadly Pea: A Hopeful Ending with a Lesson

Here’s the thing about breast cancer: it has infuriating self-possession. When a lump decides to make an appearance, it does so on its own timetable, at its own discretion. Never mind that its unsuspecting host has much better things to … Continue reading

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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s the Art of Joyce Pensato!

During the long hungry days of winter, we don’t always make it up to Smallpeace as often as we’d like. Work schedules, weather challenges, and a bountiful calendar of cultural events in the city combine to keep us in Long … Continue reading

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The Way Back to Christmas Present

He appeared out of nowhere, forcing the scroogey couple to stop their car at the intersection of Christmas Past and Yet to Come. A jolly giant of a fellow with dark brown curls, he wore a green fur-lined robe and … Continue reading

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Grandma K’s Christmas Eve Pierogies

She’s been gone for too many years now, still how can I forget? The crackle of the frying pan, the heady scent of brown butter and caramelized onions. There she stands at the kitchen counter—shoulders hunched in concentration, her pretty … Continue reading

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Ode to Transformation

I have always taken a quiet comfort in the changing of the seasons. Even in times of deep despair, there is hope in the certainty that the landscape, now slipping into its winter torpor, will one day reawaken. There is … Continue reading

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Grace and Gratitude

Thanksgiving. What a wonderful holiday. It’s everything Black Friday and Cyber Monday aren’t. No television commercials, no malls, no wrapping, no power shopping. (Well, at least not for anything but Brussels sprouts and cranberries). Just friends, family, delicious food, and … Continue reading

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To-Do #357: Reject Perfect

My Inbox is stacked so very high with assignments that you can barely see me typing away at my computer! It would be so easy to become overwhelmed, though the reality of completing my “to-do” list before the workweek is … Continue reading

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Eggplant and Chard Lasagna Recipe

My mother, brother, his wife and their two children will all be joining us in New York over the Thanksgiving holidays. And just in that one sentence you can likely intuit the broad-range of dietary challenges I will be confronting. … Continue reading

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Prayer Leaves

I want to note the seasonal changes at our pond every day. And count the fallen tree limbs after every storm. I want to trudge through the rain and the snow, rather than watch it from my window. And when … Continue reading

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