Ping! Pang! Pong! Poing! goes the writer’s popcorn.

What in grandma’s kitchen does popcorn have to do with the writer’s journey? Sometimes it’s the simplest things in life that serve as basic models for the complexity we create for ourselves. Humans have an unending capacity to stretch the most straightforward of activities into a gnarly bureaucratic scavenger hunt that leaves us as slack […]

Confusing craft with voice … when baked beans & banana cake go wrong.

Meet Grandma Hestand. She cooked, baked, and fried with the biggest cast iron skillet and mixing bowls in Sumner County, Kansas. The mere clatter of her kitchen utensils set my stomach on the growl. She was the dame of her domain. Her food was to resurrect for. Grandma mostly cooked from scratch. And it was […]