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Steve’s birthday falls on the heels of Thanksgiving. On a Sunday this year. After he woke up, he moseyed into the kitchen and shoveled a slice of French apple pie onto a plate.

I traced the term “comfort food” back at least to 1966, when the Palm Beach Post used it in a story: “Adults, when under severe emotional stress, turn to what could be called ‘comfort food’ — food associated with the security of childhood — like Mom’s chocolate chip cookies or chicken soup.” 

Back in the 1980s my buddy Herb (the geology teacher) and I were planning a wilderness class to the Grand Canyon. We were going to be taking 28 students, and the class began filling up fast. We always went to the Canyon the day after the spring semester ended and arrived back in Fort Worth the Sunday before summer started.