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  • A few years ago my husband's twin brother Tom started a new tradition of inviting us over to a meal he cooks. This was new for many reasons - as a musician and divorced parent, he had often lived in homes that had much better cooks around - and his busy life of many gig made it very rare that he would HOST a party. Of course during his short married life when his kids were little they would have Kirk and I over for dinner and our little kids played - the two moms did the cooking. But after they divorced it was many years before he lived in a house he felt very much at home in.

    For the past ten years he has lived in a house on the bus line near the college (TESC) - where Tom has become the old man of the house. With a number of rooms in this group home (called the House of Bliss) one other man and many young women have created a home full of art, music and love. At least two or three bands rehearse in the living room that has two pianos many horns and stings galore! The dim small dinning and cooking area is like a painters palette - ready to create masterpieces that please all the senses.

    Tom has always played music that any muse would be proud to have inspired. In his 20's and 30's he was a fine water color painter; and now in his 60's he has become a cook - giving the process as much love as he does to all his art creations. As a good cook and painter myself, I know that a family with your own kids is a great inspiration. So for Tom also it has become ... he hosts little parties for his children, Kirk and I, our girl Nellie and the kids partners and friends.

    This past December 2011 we had duck, and a potato and veggie stew, apple juice, and a dessert Nellie and I made for the event - and chocolate! One Tom's lovely roommates at the house of Bliss, Kate (a professional clown and also in her own band), she shared dinner with us this night and had her Camera ready to document the celebration. A grand event it was ... in a old rental house, small and drafty, turned into a mansion of music, art and great food.

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