Jodi Lea Stewart

Loving and Writing About the Southwest and the South

If ever an Ellipsis were to run for President, what would be the platform? No more dot-to-space-ratio lawlessness, of course! Yet, enforcing the Ellipses Laws may be trickier than a politician practicing magic tricks. The underground world of ellipses No punctuation mark is more misunderstood or misused (might I suggest “abused?”) than the humble ellipsis. What’s…

*low-altitude recipe 1 lb. dried black-eyed peas Salt pork (1- or 2-inch piece) 1 med. diced onion 2 cloves fresh garlic pulp (don’t slice) 1 stalk celery, sliced ¼ to ½ cup carrots cut into small chunks ¼ bell pepper, diced 1 can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies. For slightly spicy, use ORIGINAL if…

*All grammatical errors intentional* 1933. December 24, 7:30 p.m. If I wanted Doodles to sleep warm as buttered biscuits, I’d have to do some more quilt tucking. I pressed it in good and tight all along her side and under her chin. There. Now she wouldn’t shiver in her sleep or roll off to the…

3 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups sugar 2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 3 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. ground ginger 1 tsp. ground nutmeg ½ tsp. salt 1 cup chopped pecans 1-1/4 cup cooking oil 2 tsp. vanilla 1 1-lb. crushed pineapple & juice. (I like the sweetened vs. packed-in-juice pineapple for this…

If you grew up without television, you’d probably think watching chubby red ants bringing treasures home to their anthills was loads of fun too. I know I did. Luckily, we had tons of anthills to scope out on our Arizona ranch. If I stood or squatted on a rock beside the mounds, the ants mostly…

At times, my writing focus is about as clear as swamp water. Sometimes I inadvertently go on a writing sabbatical. Things get in the way. When the “match” goes out, it’s like getting a D.C. politician to tell the truth challenging to restart the flame. For example, recently: There I sat. Alone in my office. Staring. Staring some…

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