Traditions are hard to break on Thanksgiving. Sometimes that tradition is stuffing. A friend’s son was dismayed to discover that his mom hadn’t made stuffing for their meal so an hour and half before eating, his father ran to Marie Callender’s and bought a quart or so for around $15. Pricey …

Leon Russell died last week. One of my favorite songs is the duet he did with Elton John in “Best Part of the Day (the album was called “The Union.”) YouTube it. The song features a mature Elton John and a very mature Leon Russell. Russell was talented, smart and played backup on more record…

They told me it was going to be like this. I didn’t believe them. Wrong again, which can be added to all of my other wrong-agains.

We ate apple pie twice, the second time on our last day in Amsterdam. The pie was so good (from Winkel 43), the whipped cream so sweet and thick, that it was tempting to bring a piece home, which would have been dumb and in the blur of transit, would have become an apple pie smoothie.

A couple of days ago, I forgot my belt. After showering at the pool, I reached for the black belt in the backpack and it wasn’t there.

Two days ago Maggie Baker loaded her parents’ purple 1995 Honda Odyssey van with clothes, photos, succulents she bought at the swap meet, Nana’s blanket knitted a long time ago and her running spikes, said goodbye to her parents and drove away from her home on Round Mountain Road, where she …

Friday morning, I walked by Rabobank Arena. The circus was in town but at 5:15 a.m., the circus was asleep. The parking lot south of Rabobank was filled with red trailers and semis with “Ringling Brothers, the Greatest Show on Earth” written on the side.