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I’m Too Busy

By Honey Lazar

July 16, 2013 | 8:07 am

Summer has been so hot, and just when I wanted to gasp, sigh, and whine, I think about what i learned from Aunt Ruth.  She spent most of her days in the kitchen going through her... read on

  • What’s So Funny?

    By Honey Lazar

    July 12, 2013 | 2:41 pm

    As talks with our book's agent heat up and queries are made, I find myself wistful about this photographic odyssey.  I spent years on an Amish project, even more time taking pictures of women and the things they carry in their bras, purses, pants, pockets, and hands, as well as... read on

  • Be Prepared

    By Honey Lazar

    July 8, 2013 | 10:00 am

    By mid-century, people over 55 will outnumber those under 18 for the first time in history. Aunt Ruth's ingredients for a live well-lived include the importance of community and helping others.  We know research tells us that as we age, social interaction becomes even more vital to... read on

  • Recipes=Memories

    By Honey Lazar

    July 5, 2013 | 6:51 am

    Photographing for "Loving Aunt Ruth" turned out to be delicious and somewhat fattening.  Well worth the pounds!  Aunt Ruth is a marvelous cook with a recipe collection.  Yes, these are her cards lovingly protected in plastic, because she either cooked for friends, a temple... read on

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  • Chief Memory Officer

    By Honey Lazar

    July 3, 2013 | 5:28 am

    I recently spent time with a close friend who told me that when we collect our family stories, photos, and ephemera,we become Chief Memory Officers.   In the case of loving aunt ruth, I think I am the Admin to the CMO, Aunt Ruth, whose memory remains tack sharp for all the answers... read on

  • Test Kitchen

    By Honey Lazar

    June 28, 2013 | 9:12 am

    Aunt Ruth is more organized than I can ever imagine being.  These are all new recipes waiting to be tested and rated.  Yes, she rates them, files them as being "good" or "bad," or draws a huge X through them in a favorite cookbook to make certain she never tries it again.  Being... read on

  • One Thing I Know for Sure…

    By Honey Lazar

    June 27, 2013 | 9:44 am

    One Thing I Know For Sure...

    I know that Oprah has been the nation's therapist, ultimate gift giver, inspiration, and teacher of best lives for so many, but for me, it's Aunt Ruth! (All right, so I also like Oprah and so does Aunt Ruth.)

    Aunt Ruth and I were sitting in her... read on

  • Daddy Cake

    By Honey Lazar

    June 25, 2013 | 5:56 am

    One of the wonderful things about asking those we love, those who have cooked for us for a recipe, is that it always comes with a story.  

    I asked Aunt Ruth for a cake recipe, and I learned all about how her mother made "Daddy Cake" for her father every week.  His own cake!  She... read on

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