A perfect sweet for lockdown

A perfect sweet for lockdown

Phnom Penh; March 18, 2020: I’m hunkered down here in the gated community where we live, about a mile south of the city center, though the city is so spread out that several districts have their own centers. Mikel, my husband, is the Peace Corps Country Director here. It is a separate agency from the State Department, but we have to follow their rules for safety and security. When we arrived in July, we were housed in an apartment...

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Call it Serendipity

Call it Serendipity

Phnom Penh; November 5, 2019: You can call it serendipity or you can call it just plain ol’ good luck. My friend Grace Anne tells me that these things happen to me because people perceive me as curious and open to adventure.  But the truth is that I have no more wanderlust; I have no bucket list. After living apart from my husband for the better part of five years, we are content to simply be together. It’s true that I have already been to...

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Cambodiana

Cambodiana

Phnom Penh; October 3, 2019 I have been in Cambodia for three months now, and every day seems to be an adventure. The weather, amazingly, is not at all what I expected. I’ve lived in the Caribbean, but Phnom Penh is a lot closer to the equator than Charlotte Amalie. I thought it was going to be hot as hell and horribly humid, with lots of rain (it’s the rainy season), but there has been little rain (which has the farmers worried)...

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Hoppin’ John’s ® now belongs to my niece

Hoppin’ John’s ® now belongs to my niece

  It is with great pleasure that I announce that Hoppin’ John’s ® is now owned and operated by my niece, Sarah Taylor Ferrell. Sarah owns RCF, a restaurant supply and consulting business in Durham, North Carolina. (800) 828-4412, our toll-free number for three decades, now rings on a dedicated line in her office. My millers will still ship orders for our stone-ground, whole-grain, heirloom corn products directly from the mill...

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Ch-ch-ch-changes…

Ch-ch-ch-changes…

Savannah, Georgia; May 3, 2019:  Time, Bowie sung, is waiting in the wings. Some days it rushes by so quickly; more often it lingers relentlessly. (“You just scream with boredom. You are not evicting time,” Bowie continued.) For four and half years, my husband and I have lived mostly apart. It has been very difficult, but I have filled my days with gardening chores. Those of you who follow me on Instagram have seen the photos. The...

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