Quoted, Vol. 17

"He loved possessions, not masses of them, but a select few that he did not part with. They gave a man self-respect. Not ostentation but quality, and the love that cherished the quality. Possessions reminded him that he existed, and made him enjoy his existence. It was as simple as that. And wasn’t that worth something? He existed." - Patricia Highsmith, "The Talented Mr. Ripley"

Quoted, Vol. 16

"Yet even in this time of sky-high unemployment that now seemed baked into the system, Americans took to the streets and social media in impressive numbers, refusing to let go of the ideals of a country founded in revolt against the elites.  'We are the 99 percent,' they said, convinced that it was the people, not the banks or corporations, that were truly too big to fail." - Marc Fisher, "25 Moments That Shaped Washington," The Washington Post Magazine

Quoted, Vol. 15

"A piece of advice that I do give women recklessly, though I think there’s an underpinning of truth to it, is go home and sort your clothes into your “work clothes” and your “special party clothes” and then get rid of all the work clothes. It’s the equivalent of putting plastic on your couch and your lampshades. You should wear clothes everyday that make you feel fabulous." - Simon Doonan, Washingtonian interview

I love this quote, and I want to try to take it to heart this year, even though that's heresy in Washington, D.C. I hate "work clothes" with the fire of a thousand suns.

As You Are Gearing Up For Thanksgiving...


"Pie is the American synonym of prosperity, and its varying contents the calendar of the changing seasons.  Pie is the food of the heroic.  No pie-eating people can ever be permanently vanquished."

- 1902 New York Times editorial, via Parade Magazine

I read that and never felt more patriotic.  Maybe pie can unite us once again. Happy baking everyone.