Two beautiful and amazing people were married on Lopez Island north of Seattle the weekend before last: Rick and Meredith. Rick, being from Texas, had a party at his folks house outside the Texas State capital this past weekend. After a half day of travel from the North Texas region I was greeted by loving friends, shots of Cazadores Tequila, blasting assault rifles, and some of the best damn home cooking anywhere. The image is an example of Robin’s, Rick’s mom, awesome cooking skills. Everything on the plate was gathered from their land: fried deer backstrap, fresh picked (that day) fried okra, black eyed peas, mashed potatoes, and home made brown gravy. It was a hell of a fun weekend. Congratulations Rick and Meridith! Samuel Langhorne Clemens said, “To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” I could see it in your eyes you two have found joy. You are both the sweetest and most generous people and I know the future will bring you both blessings beyond your wildest dreams. May your love last an eternity!