What Matters Today: Past, Present, and Future

Does it ever cross your mind that the present we are currently living was once a future that we couldn’t yet envision, and will some day be a past that we will reflect upon? It certainly runs through my mind every now and then. When it does, I can recall being ages 5, 10, or…

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What Matters Today: Oranges

So much for saying that I would give baking a rest for a few weeks. Alas, it is true: I have quite a baking problem. My short-lived hiatus from baking was broken last week with a peach-blueberry dump cake, and I could not even make it through the weekend without summer fruit calling my name…

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What Matters Today: Daisies

I have a thing for daisies. The flower just seems to scream joy, as if it’s an invitation to smile that comes with petals. Their typical white and yellow hues offer a bit of innocence and sweetness, a childlike sense of whimsy that unearths with it a nostalgia for my own childhood. ‘Daisy’ is also…

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What Matters Today: Impromptu Desserts

I have a confession to make. This may be a shocking revelation, but I must admit: I have a sweet tooth. Yes, it’s true. I love desserts. I love eating them just as much as I love preparing them. In fact, if I had to choose, I don’t know which I love more — of…

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What Matters Today: Aid

It’s hard to avoid the heart-stopping imagery of a mushroom cloud consuming not only a city, but countless lives that have yet to be totaled. It’s hard to watch the video footage of the explosion in Beirut knowing that a city, with real lives, families, livelihoods demolished in seconds. It’s hard to sit in our…

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What Matters Today: Headlines

The words we choose matter. The things we focus on matters. The same is true in the opposite direction: it matters when we choose the proper words, just as it matters what we focus on, highlight, and call attention to. Headlines, whether in a newspaper or online, on social media or on a billboard, fuse…

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What Matters Today: Rediscovery

I have always been drawn to music. From the time I could remember, I was fascinated with songs, the words they used, the sounds they produced, the ways they could make me feel. My first love at a young 4 years old was Shania Twain; I could listen to her Come on Over album on…

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What Matters Today: Soul Food

Rich and robust. Comforting and homey. Delicious and satisfying. When I think of those words, I think about the tastiest, most mouthwatering soul food ever. I think about macaroni and cheese, crispy fried chicken, and big, buttery pound cake. I think about the endless servings, the heaping helpings, the genuine love that seems to be…

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What Matters Today: A Morning Run

There’s nothing like summer to me. The brilliance of the sun, its peak position in the sky. The blue of the dome that arches overhead, the white ice cream-swirl clouds that sometimes fill it. The heat, the warm air that feels like the oven left on in the home of the world. The sunrises and…

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What Matters Today: Whimsy

Ah, Friday. It always feels like it’s gone for good, like it will never show up again. Then somehow, it arrives just in the nick of time, like your best friend showing up at your doorstep with a bottle of your favorite wine and a dessert for two. It is both sweet, and oh-so-welcome. Personally,…

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