I've been extra busy at work recently, preparing for the launch of "Man with a Pan: Culinary Adventures of Fathers Who Cook For their Families," and Santa Maria has stepped heroically into the breach. She did the weekly food shop yesterday, and when I came home from the office I was treated to a bowl of blackberries. Earlier that day, Pinta, who loves them more than I do, had to be prevailed upon to leave some for me. Thank goodness she did: it was a pure delight to pop them in my mouth. There's nothing like late-stage capitalism, the global supply chain, and a helpful spouse. Sweetness.