The Taste of Contrition

I have no excuse for myself. I normally shun flavored coffees and teas. You won’t find me ordering a tiramisu latte or chocolate banana black tea. Coffee MateĀ® creamer flavored like Girl Scout cookies? I’m not judging, but…thank you, no. I grew up in San Francisco, mostly, and back before the mad coffee house movement…

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Stick to the tried and true

When I was a little girl, the grandmother of a neighborhood playmate became dismayed when I turned down her offer of boiled spinach with the words, “No, thank you, ma’am”. “A proper and polite refusal always begins with ‘thank you’, followed by ‘no’,” she instructed. I had to eat the spinach anyway because she was…

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