There are certain sights, tastes, touches, sounds and smells in life that leave imprinted sense memories in our minds. These memories are puzzle pieces of sensory remembrance, linking us back to unforgettable people, places, and in my case, food. The smell of cinnamon apples reminds me of Sunday mornings in fall, when as a kid […]

January 8th, 2010

Naughty or Nice?

Uncle Tony is not my real uncle. He’s my cousins’ great uncle, but we celebrate Christmas Eve together as one big not quite Italian-American family every year in his brother’s (my cousins’ grandfather’s) basement. Phew, got that? It’s quite a mouthful. Tony’s pushing 90, but by all appearances he is a classic bull, or better […]

October 15th, 2009

Death of a Salesman

Mac is in sales. And he’s very good at what he does. A few weeks ago he closed a deal on what may have been the biggest sell of his life. After nearly one year of buttering ‘em up, then greasing the wheel, promising commitment, and pledging to stake his personal reputation on a shared […]

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