8 ESSENTIAL STEPS TO CREATING A PLACE OF BELONGING AT YOUR TABLE

STEP 1: INVITE! Step 1 is not cleaning your house, redecorating your dining room, or taking a cooking class. It is simply inviting one, two, or ten people to your home whom you’d like to know better.  Preparing a place for loved ones at your table begins with being willing to let people see you, … Continue reading 8 ESSENTIAL STEPS TO CREATING A PLACE OF BELONGING AT YOUR TABLE

ENTERTAINING AND HOSPITALITY ARE NOT SYNONYMOUS

Today I hosted a bridal shower for one of my Monday Night Girls.  She is also a young woman who I absolutely adore. Colorful flowers in mason jars decorated my patio, beautiful china was set on the table, and champagne flutes were filled with fresh fruit and sparkling Prosecco.  It was a delightful afternoon of … Continue reading ENTERTAINING AND HOSPITALITY ARE NOT SYNONYMOUS

CREATING SAFE SPACE TO ASK IGNORANT QUESTIONS

"Can I ask you all of my ignorant questions?" This question has opened up some of my favorite conversations with co-workers at the hospice where I work as a bereavement coordinator. I have lived in the same house for 17 years.  I have lived in the same community for 27 years.  I have attended the … Continue reading CREATING SAFE SPACE TO ASK IGNORANT QUESTIONS

PLATTERS & BOARDS

"I’ve done the research & my findings are extremely consistent: if you want to make people happy immediately upon entering your (home), put together an egregiously large cheese board. There are no rules, of course, but I usually start with three cheeses, one soft. Three pickle-y/olive-y things, three kinds of cured meats, two or three … Continue reading PLATTERS & BOARDS