It’s a soup day. Well, okay, it’s 76 degrees outside on this August morning in Chapel Hill but it’s dark and dreary. The sound of the rain hitting the roof makes me think of soup. Thoughts of the warm aroma of Grandma’s bean soup and the sweet, earthy taste of Mom’s chicken soup, made with the bits of the carcass we modern cooks toss away, stir up memories. Soup comforts. Soup soothes the soul. Soup awakens the senses.

Lately I have been enmeshed in editing my book. And I’m losing ground in meeting my self-imposed deadlines. I should be writing but I’m making split pea soup instead. Both efforts are not entirely unrelated. Rather than searching for inclusion of the five senses in my story, now I actualize the experience.


I finger the firm half-moon peas searching for hitchhiking stones. The thick broth bubbles noisily on the stove. Its steam fills the kitchen with an earthy aroma. I lift a spoon-full of green soup dotted with specks of orange carrot. The velvety rich liquid satisfies my hunger and need for comfort. And reenergizes me to return to my edits.

By Marianna Crane

After a long career in nursing--I was one of the first certified gerontological nurse practitioners--I am now a writer. My writings center around patients I have had over the years that continue to haunt my memory unless I record their stories. In addition, I write about growing older, confronting ageism, creativity and food. My memoir, "Stories from the Tenth Floor Clinic: A Nurse Practitioner Remembers" is available where ever books are sold.


  1. I love this. It was a perfect soup day, and split pea is one of my favorites. We’ll have to share recipes!


  2. I made my first pot of soup last week too! Soup always feeds my soul. There is something so calming about the process of soup-making—the chopping, the stirring, the tasting. And oh….the aroma of gently bubbling soup on the stove. And fresh bread to dunk in the soup. Hmmmm…..I love soup season.

    Sending you best wishes for your editing process.


  3. Maybe this time….I love the soup blog — and if you don’t finish the editing this week, make some more soup. I am getting my husband through writing his text book on one small blueberry tart a day — a bowl of soup is healthier and the creative process of making the soup is also healthier! Writers don’t just have to write 24-7! Good luck as you press on!


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