christmas eve dinner last night with milton + dave at milton's.
cranberry martinis, cream of asparagus soup, garlic bread, shrimp cocktail, turkey breast in mushroom sauce, rice with cranberries, green beans, hot sweet+sour slaw, + tiramisu with raspberries + chocolate sauce.
discussion ranged from what dave's reading (a thousand splendid suns), what i'm reading (how to be idle), barbara's party last week (people milton knew from elsewhere), the documentary film durham: a self-portrait, n.c. history in general, regionalisms (language + food), family histories, dreams, holidays, the episcopal church, milton's new job at durham school of the arts, + his idea for a small community of aging friends (with onsite euthanasia on demand).
lovely evening. quiet + calm like the song, though not silent. milton gave dave + me each an amaryllis bulb. dave to grow, me to kill.