1. I had a classroom situation where I could have reacted defensively, and instead I replied to a confrontational remark, "Well, ponder that some more. I don't really have a response."
2. The book The Souvenir is helping A. sort out things in relation to her father and giving her insight into their developing reconciliation.
3. I marinated a three pound pork shoulder roast for over twelve hours in Stubb's Smokey Mesquite BBQ sauce and then slow cooked the roast for about twelve hours. I poured the sauce that bubbled around the roast over my baked potatoes and over the pork and complemented the meat and potatoes with green beans. It was a delicious dinner. Samantha ate baked potato only. No problem.