Entries by Jeff Duba

A “Tao of Cooking”

By practice, by trail and error, by thinking about what works and what doesn’t, we come to wisdom. This applies to any endeavor. Over the years–through this process of reflection on the cooking process– I’ve come to understand that essential to preparing a great meal is the right frame of mind, first, and, second, having […]

Rites of Spring

Typically late to family gatherings (or really any gathering for that matter), my wife and I made good time as we flew east down the interstate to Flushing, MI, for an early Easter dinner. The day was brilliant, filled with sunshine and strong, gusting winds. Leaves were already emerging from the trees after an extraordinarily […]

On Winter: Part Two

A few years ago, once the Holidays had past, I began looking for a way to beat back the dreariness of winter. And so I joined a fitness center, thinking that the physical activity would do me good–that it would lift the mood and re-energize. Somewhat surprisingly, there was still the sense that these routine […]

On Winter: Part One

The Silmarillion is J.R.R. Tolkein’s creative masterpiece and forms the cosmology of The Lord of the Rings. In it, he describes a world–peopled by Elves and Dwarfs, but not, as of yet, men–when it, sunless, derived its light from the Light of the Two Trees of the Valinor. Such a world opens up to the […]

A Late Summer Honeymoon

Married in late August and celebrating the event at an outdoor reception reminiscence of Bilbo’s 111th Birthday Party (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring), my bride and I had long-desired a Michigan Honeymoon. There was first camping on the shores of Lake Michigan in the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area, at a […]