Ladies and Gentlemen! Boys and Girls! Welcome to the Big Top!
In the center ring, behold the rotund Circus Chef as he pulls off the most amazing feat of all: feeding all the circus performers!
IN THE CIRCUS KITCHEN
I’ve never turned a cartwheel, and I’m dizzy in high places. I couldn’t ever be a clown — I don’t make funny faces.
But put me in the kitchen, and I think you’ll be delighted. Join us for a circus meal. Everyone’s invited.
I handle special orders and unusual suggestions. And if you have an allergy, just come to me with questions.
Put me in the kitchen, where the coffee’s percolating. I’ll mash and melt with pleasure. I can’t keep the circus waiting!
My days are long and sweaty, and the chaos never ends. But still, I find I’m most content when cooking for my friends.
Don’t you love him already? For each picky palate, for each quirky personality, this chef aims to please.
For the Ringmaster who’s always on the go, a picnic of salami and mini baguette stashed in his top hat. For the homesick Ukrainian Strongman, babushka’s vushka recipe. And if you must feed a Juggler who likes to juggle (rather than eat) anything that’s round? A square meal, of course!
“Truth is so rare, it is delightful to tell it.” ~ Emily Dickinson
I’ve been curious about Emily Dickinson’s relationship with children ever since learning that she used to lower baskets of gingerbread to the neighborhood kids.
That’s why I loved Burleigh Mutén’s delightful verse novel Miss Emily (Candlewick, 2014). It gave me a good sense of how Dickinson might have interacted with four of the children in her life: her niece and nephew Mattie and Ned (who lived next door at the Evergreens), and the pastor’s kids Mac and Sally, who lived across the street.
This fun and suspenseful adventure, where Emily and the children disguise themselves as gypsies to catch a glimpse of the midnight circus train, is told from Mac’s point of view. It is clear the kids all adore Miss Emily and she, them, united as they are in imaginative play and a singular brand of friendship.
I’m so pleased Burleigh is here today to tell us more about writing and researching Miss Emily. I daresay “the children’s laughing goddess of plenty” herself would be quite pleased with this story, as it celebrates her fondness for children and the importance of remaining true to one’s inner child: therein lies the truth about who we really are and should always strive to be.
Look sharp! The circus train is here. All Aboard! 🙂
Today’s spot of creativiTEA is brought to you by San Francisco-based artist Stacy Polson.
She created these needle-felted teapot sculptures for an exhibition at the Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, MA. She chose “If Ducks Ran the Circus” as her theme for these beautiful and whimsical pieces.
She initially got into needle felting while trying to re-create 17th century Japanese woodcuts in wool. I love the gorgeous colors and quirky details of her wool paintings. Isn’t it simply amazing what can be done with a needle, some wool, “a little determination,” and lots of imagination?
Stacy is self-taught and tells me she’ll be making more teapots, which makes me very happy indeed. 🙂