Making tomato sauce:

  1. Cut up tomatoes and onions.
  2. Roast for 40 minutes or so in a 400˚ oven.
  3. Place in Dutch oven on stovetop with salt, pepper, garlic, basil, etc.
  4. Cook on low heat for 45 minutes.
  5. Blend with immersion blender until almost smooth.
  6. Stir and leave heat on low.
  7. Fix and eat supper, play with dog, practice music, watch TV, check emails, etc.
  8. Jump up 3 hours after step 6 and say, “Oh shit, the tomato sauce!!”
  9. Dash into kitchen, turn off burner, stir and taste.
  10. Say to no one in particular, “Damn, that’s pretty good.”

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A career working with teenagers on the fringes of society has made me both sensitive to and appreciative of the complexities of character and the struggles, inner and outer, that we all wrestle with in one form or another. My writing emphasizes character development over action, and, as a lifelong Southerner, the rhythms and cadence of the Southeastern United States influence both my spoken and written voice.

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