The Evanston Community Kitchen

A food memoir about women in the kitchen and history in the making. Food = Story.

“Life is a verb, not a noun” – Charlotte Perkins Gilman

“Life is a verb, not a noun.” — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, spoke at the Evanston’s Woman’s Club on “The Waste of Women’s Labor” in 1918. She inspired the women to travel East and visit already established cooperative kitchens. My great-grandmother, Helen Dawes, and Nellie Kingsley traveled East and came back very inspired. That is when they established the Evanston Community Kitchen.
Read this post for the history of The Evanston Community Kitchen (

Post coming today or tomorrow titled, “Dreams and Motion: Ancestors Who Whisper to Us When We Sleep.” That is a working title. May be too over the top, but something to that effect.

I had a dream about my mother on Tuesday night (read this post for details:

And last night I dreamt of my grandmother. I felt her presence and saw her. It was great. More to come on that.

Gram's Typewriter

This is the first in what I hope will be a series of posts on my blog. I have found that there are many great quotations out there. Some are over-used, some are barely used, some are misused. But they all tell a bit of a story, and I thought I’d start to share some of my favorites.

Today’s quote comes from Charlotte Perkins Gilman (July 3, 1860 – August 17, 1935) – a prominent sociologist, writer, feminist, and lecturer for social reform.  Prior to coming across this quote, I had never heard of her. But this quote combines two of my favorite things (writing and living) and speaks volumes to me about something that I aspire to on an ongoing basis.

I find it all too easy to review life and say “Poor me. I’m over-tired, I’m … (insert whatever it is bothering me that particular week). My…

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