Welcome to The Kitchen Table. Like most areas of life, the kitchen table is a messy place. Mine is no exception. My table serves a number of purposes: junk drawer, entryway table, laptop desk, office area, food prep area, gaming table, dog exam table, storage space and, of course, the place where family and friends gather to eat several nights a week. I grew up eating at a table with my family every evening and at every holiday. I believe the kitchen table is an important place, a place to connect and commune. I have named my blog after it in reference to Joy Harjo’s poem “Perhaps the World End Here.” As Harjo’s poem says, our lives and the lives of those who come before and after us can be experienced and remembered and dreamed by looking to this place of food, conversation, fights, reconciliations, joys, sorrows, loves, and stories. I hope to make this Kitchen Table a place where I can share the things I’m passionate about: food and cooking, travel, exploring, art and performance, and maybe some literature as well.
A word about the url
My url, https://refrigerator1957.wordpress.com refers to another poem about food and family that I love. This is more of a fun, lighhearted homage to a favorite childhood food: Maraschino cherries. I think Thomas Lux writes the best zingers for the end of every poem, but this one particularly. Listening to him read it aloud is magic.