Happy birthday to the trees! Happy Tu B’Shvat, the birthday or festival of the trees! I’ve always felt an odd affinity for trees. In eighth grade we each did an […]
Scone or Irish Soda Bread?
After a trip to Ireland, I created this scone-like Irish soda bread recipe. Luscious, a bit lemony, a bit tangy. Bring out the butter!
An old law leads to forced marriage–can this bride be saved?
Barcelona, 1584 Dear Madam Mariana, I dare not ask this question of anyone I know but–I must seek counsel. In Jewish law, when a man dies, his brother is obligated […]
Josefina and Father Alonso, sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g!
[A blast from the past! Josefina de Castillo, happily married to Manuel Castillo, rediscovers her passion for a redheaded priest. And worse yet, he’s now a Bishop!] Mexico, 1690 Estimada […]
How to not marry Igor, or, He got the estate, now he wants me!
[In which Madam Mariana travels back to Moscow, 1543, to help the lovely Russian noblewoman, Darya Petrovna, avoid her cousin Igor’s grasping ways: He got her daddy’s estate, and now […]