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18 09, 2016

Turn on Your Radio

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:13+00:00 September 18th, 2016|brownies, good nonfiction, main dishes, salads, sandwiches|0 Comments

As social habits go, listening to talk radio rates somewhere between shopping at Wal-Mart in your pajamas and tossing litter out of your car window. Especially if your afternoon fix is Rush Limbaugh. I’ve eaten dinner with friends who dismissed the “dittoheads” they know as crazy sheep-like paranoids who take their marching orders from a bombastic liar. But I like the guy. I’ll gladly listen. [...]

7 08, 2016

If You Want To Know What Really Happened . . .

By | 2017-05-17T15:13:29+00:00 August 7th, 2016|good nonfiction, main dishes, salads, sandwiches, side dishes|0 Comments

Just curious: I know you love books. But which do you love best? Book-books? The kind with the spine that breaks if you keep your place by resting it upside down? The kind where you get to turn the pages? Or e-books? The kind where you can read in bed without your flashlight? The kind where you can take whole libraries on your trip [...]

24 07, 2016

Can You Outwit Your Favorite Mystery Author?

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:14+00:00 July 24th, 2016|cookies, good fiction, main dishes, salads|0 Comments

I’m not sure how Katherine Hayton’s The Three Deaths of Magdalene Lynton ended up on my Kindle. But I gave it a whirl. It’s a workable murder mystery in which we have two detectives, Ngaire and Deb, possibly meant to be the Cagney & Lacey of Christchurch, New Zealand. A man walks in off the street and confesses to a forty-years-past murder. He’s got nothing to [...]

12 06, 2016

Let’s Talk Secret Wishes

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:15+00:00 June 12th, 2016|good fiction, main dishes, salads|0 Comments

We’ve all harbored at least one impossible dream. Mine was to perform magic like Samantha from Bewitched. I’ve got a few others, too. But, based on how my prayers about twitching my nose got answered, I don’t hold out a lot of hope for the rest of my list. In Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, a black girl in an Ohio town wishes for blue eyes. [...]

29 05, 2016

Now is Your Chance to Educate Me

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:15+00:00 May 29th, 2016|breakfasts, salads|0 Comments

Today is Rosanne Cash day. I’m listening to her on Pandora, in hopes that I’ll “get it.” I just read her memoir, Composed, and I can at least offer this lukewarm praise: 1) Some of us take awhile to find ourselves. Some of look for ourselves in New York and Paris. Some of us have a Daddy who pays the hefty rent while we spend [...]

6 03, 2016

Kristen’s Top Ten Fiction List

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:16+00:00 March 6th, 2016|cookies, desserts, good fiction, main dishes, salads, side dishes|0 Comments

At the request of a faithful reader, today I unveil my top-10 fiction list. And what does it take to make the list? A) The book has to be memorable. I read enough books that they almost whiz by like highway signs. Not all of them stick with me. Ah, but the ones that do, they’re like great road trips that I wish I could [...]

22 11, 2015

Those Lovable Bums

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:19+00:00 November 22nd, 2015|good fiction, main dishes, salads, sandwiches, side dishes, Uncategorized|0 Comments

First off today, I made a guest appearance on this blog. ====================================== Now, back to our normal programming. Long ago, Nick Nolte starred in the movie Cannery Row. I never saw the movie. I just assumed that, with Nolte starring, it would be about a sad young drunk in a sad part of town. When I opened the by John Steinbeck, I braced myself for [...]

25 10, 2015

Oh, What a Cello Can Do

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:19+00:00 October 25th, 2015|main dishes, salads, side dishes, Uncategorized|0 Comments

You might be one of the adoring fans of the 2004 BBC miniseries, North & South, the story of the Hale family, as they move themselves from the pastoral south of England to the grimy, industrial north.The television production is adapted from the novel by Elizabeth Gaskell. In case you’ve missed both the book and the TV show, let me catch you up on things: [...]

28 09, 2015

If You Need a Drug, Why Not Food?

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:20+00:00 September 28th, 2015|cakes, desserts, salads, sandwiches, side dishes, soups|0 Comments

Sometimes the cow patties in a book are like weeds in the sidewalk cracks. It’s hard to keep a few from springing up. Best not criticize, unless your own sidewalk is weed-free. But when Carl Hiaasen wrote Star Island, I’m pretty sure he hauled along a bag of weed seeds and poured them in the sidewalk cracks on purpose. That said, he wrote a pretty [...]