Ritual Meal – Ritual Life

You guys! Have I got a treat for you today. My esteemed colleague, Ray Hollenbach, has written an insightful, intensely historical, appropriately contemporary piece for the Rituals series. Ray is one of my favorite writers and thinkers (he’ll demur, but as I say, he’s not the boss of me). His posts always push […]


My parents recently retired to Florida. Instead of selling or taking their furniture with them from Pennsylvania, they shipped a truckload of sentimental and substantial items to me. I was blessed with my grandmother’s china buffet, her secretary and her carved-front, marble-topped washstand. I love these items, not just because […]