William Rutherford

Thinking of past snow days

January 11, 2017 at 5:00 am

Snow day! As snow begins to pile up on my driveway this Sunday night the channel 6 weather lady cheerfully declares, “The storm is beginning to build.” A strong-front is approaching from the southwest meeting a cold-front from the northwest...

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Resolutions to improve one’s life

December 28, 2016 at 5:00 am

Four inches of snow rests quietly on the driveway, waiting to be topped by an expected 8 inches of fresh powder this week. Sitting by a fire, watching Monday Night Football and petting Scout and Scarlett, my two Labrador retrievers, I decid...

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Creating new family traditions

December 21, 2016 at 5:00 am

This morning in my psychotherapy office I see a patient who talks about the purpose of providing an awesome Christmas for her son. She talks about the guilt of not having lots of gifts under the tree, the disappointment in her child if he d...

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‘Stand Up Speak Up’ on cellphone use by kids

December 07, 2016 at 5:00 am

The world is turning upside-down. Six-year-olds bring cellphones to school to keep in contact with family and friends. Eight-year-olds are calling mom complaining of an upset tummy while hiding in the bathroom and beg to be picked up and ta...

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Meatless meals

November 23, 2016 at 5:00 am

My wife and I are foodies. We met while working in a fine-food restaurant, plan vacations around food and eat creatively at home. I attended the Culinary Institute of America and worked in local and regional restaurants. I write about food,...

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Be kind

November 16, 2016 at 5:00 am

Friday morning I take a walk. Visiting my sister in the town of my birth, I walk by the house I was raised in, the alley shortcut I took coming home from school on rainy afternoons and the pool I cooled off in, on warm summer days. I walk b...

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Regional cooking

November 09, 2016 at 5:00 am

Cooking is scientific, culturally specific and artistic. The manner in which a chef or home cook manipulates food creates a feast, quick meal, celebration or aberration. An onion can be “bloomed” and deep-fried to create a greasy, flour-fri...

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Christmas tree hunting

November 02, 2016 at 5:00 am

The rocky, moss-covered logging road is covered with yellow needles released from Western Larch as the forest prepares for a long, snowy winter. Green trees that camouflage as pines during the warmth of summer change rapidly during short au...

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Culinary words and definitions

October 26, 2016 at 5:00 am

“Go to the walk-in and bring me the mise en place for the chowder and make sure you grab the mirepoix,” the chef yells on my first night working as a dishwasher at Kinland Cove; an Italian, seafood restaurant in Northern California. Not wan...

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Preventing suicide

October 19, 2016 at 5:00 am

Sitting in the church sanctuary, I take a deep breath, look around and see young children and wrinkled faces, holding tissues and staring blankly at the podium on the stage. The room is quiet, save a few sad parishioners sniffling away thei...

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