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…the picnic…

When the vet sends you home from a routine check up with a hug, tears and the go ahead to feed your beloved golden retriever as much bacon as she wants, you know that things are not in the realm of normal any more. They know, I realize in hindsight, much more than they let … Continue reading

…lessons…

Of course the best lessons in life are given in the kitchen… Where else is one constantly reminded that the most vibrant, ethereal things you’ll ever experience are borne, quite often, from a mound of shit?

…hoboglyphs…

I came across this little symbol a while ago and have been amazed to discover there are many more of them – a whole language of cryptograms employed by hobos almost a century ago. Things like this intrigue and titillate the crap out of me. Scrawled in chalk or charcoal on the sides of barns, … Continue reading

…the art of being…

A while ago I listened to an audio book called “Blood, Bones, and Butter” by Gabrielle Hamilton. In it, she talks about her career path to becoming an acclaimed chef and successful restaurateur, describing the fractured childhood, the dingy kitchens and crummy jobs of being a caterer where she worked, all the while dreaming of, … Continue reading

…cover songs, recipes, and stories…

During my recent trip to California, I had a chance to sit and visit for an evening with a friend, Serena, who also has a blog, and is one of the persons who inspired me to attempt writing one. As usual with me, the conversation began with her talking about specifics, day to observations, how … Continue reading

…relativity…

Sometimes when I hear people, who clearly don’t have a weight problem, clamoring about ‘needing’ to lose 5 or 10 pounds, I tune out and immediately think of Buddha. I think that he didn’t give a shit, really, about having a belly, ‘man-boobs’ or a bald head. I don’t think it made him any less … Continue reading

…ferraris and salt cured duck fat…

There is no greater elixir for the soul – my soul at least – than driving endlessly for hours on end with no deadline, no planned time of arrival. I did that recently. The road trip I’ve been dreaming of for years and yet, in spite of having no kids, no real commitments, the ability … Continue reading