Ash Wednesday was upon us before I really realized it, which meant I had to fast.
Of course, fasting is a relative term; Muslims actually fast, abstaining from all food and water from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan. Christians in general and Catholics in particular don't come remotely close to a real fast, since one full meal and two small snacks are allowed in the course of the day.
Nevertheless, Ash Wednesday is a “fast” day, and so “lunch” was a small portion of really excellent Brussels sprouts. Where'd they come from?
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