The Heart of the Matter: A Pithy Gallery*

The heart of the matter is often not what we think. A heart can be obscure. Dark, even. Or perhaps too full or too empty. Sometimes it's intricate, complicated, as "they" say. And maybe even split down the middle. In the end, the crux of the matter leads us to what's important, to where the…

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One of the Thirteen, the Tangerine

The color certainly captures your attention, doesn't it? Such a glossy --- almost neon --- orange. When I was a kid, I always wondered if anyone else ever got a wrinkly tangerine bumping around in their Christmas stocking. At some point along the way, I found out that the Victorians were big on citrus fruit…

Citron* (Cédrat), Jewel-Like Morsel of Provence’s Thirteen Christmas Desserts

Ugh. Citron. I’ll bet that’s what you’re thinking. I know, because that’s what I thought when it dawned on me that citron (Citrus medica) really counted as one of the Thirteen Desserts of Provence. You’ve no doubt seen (and eaten) the chewy, rock-like squares of “citron” sold in your local grocery store, there to be…