Brazilian Beach Barbecue

A beach day on the southeastern coast of Brazil requires many supplies beyond a towel and sunscreen.  Your day trip from São Paulo is well provisioned and won’t be complete without chairs, tables, multiple barbecue grills, coolers, cups, and dishware, as well as a speaker blaring music.  The food that best sustains an all-day beach…

Roadside Clean-Up

Last May, my family joined the Cotuit Civic Association in a roadside clean-up of our hometown.  We walked up one side and back down the other of a well-traveled road, trash bags in hand, and picked up the litter that had accumulated over the course of the year.  We couldn’t help but be astonished by…

Sign Language Frappé

The very first lesson in my Greek Sign Language class was how to order coffee.  My standard order at the time was “frappé, sweet with milk:” a frothy instant coffee beverage practically synonymous with Greek café life.  The fact that coffee was our first lesson did not surprise me one bit – my coffee order…