Food for Thought

My first attempt at making Potato Kale Soup with Chorizo spanish sausage.

Potato and Kale Soup

A few weeks ago I went out to lunch with my friend Lana. We went to a tiny bistro in a small neighboring town with a limited menu and seating but an interesting atmosphere with its barn wood walls. One of the things we all ordered was the soup of the day which was pototo, […]

My Reviews

My review of the Adventures of Flash Jackson.

The Adventures Of Flash Jackson

My Review “You must remember that every irrational fear has some basis in the unconscious.” Who is Flash Jackson? Flash is the alter ego of 16 year old Haley Bombauer, a tomboy in search of her authentic self. The self she learns was there all along. With Flash Jackson around she doesn’t have to face […]

Portrait of Nathanial Hawthorne in my book review.

The Nathaniel Hawthorne Audio Collection

“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” My Review “Solitude was his natural element,” says Paul Auster (author) in the one hour introduction Hawthorne at Home that gives tribute to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s writing life as well as […]

My review of Iris Murdoch's Under the Net.

Under The Net — Book Review

Under the Net was Iris Murdoch’s first novel published in 1954 and is one of Time Magazine’s 100 best novels of all time. Much is made of Murdoch’s philosophy background and how she married it with her fiction writing. And while I do find this present it doesn’t make the story any more or less […]

Favorite Quotes

Rebecca West quote about birds.

Rebecca West Quotes

Journalist, Writer, Biographer, Novelist, Critic, Book Reviewer, and Feminist “Indisputably the world’s number one woman writer.” ~ Time Magazine, 1947 Rebecca West was the pen name for Cicely Isabel Fairfield (1892 – 1983), a British writer who was known more for her writing talent than for any particular book. West was no prisoner to one […]

A Good Idea at the Time

“If the whole human race lay in one grave, the epitaph on its headstone might well be: ‘It seemed a good idea at the time’.” ~ Rebecca West

Which is more important – Idealism or Innocence?

“The great challenge of adulthood is holding on to your idealism after you lose your innocence.” ~ Bruce Springsteen

What’s Happening at Home

My DIY Pirate instructions from a pair of second hand pleather pants.

Homemade Pirate Costume

I made this for my husband in 2010 (and he still has it today) but it can be easily used for a woman pirate. First up, buy a pair of pleather pants from the second hand store in your size or bigger. The bigger you get the more material you have to work with. I say […]

Dead fruit flies in bottom of glass.

A Fruit Fly Serial Killer

This summer we developed a fruit fly problem. What is surprising is that it has taken this long, since we have been composting for years. We just seemed to hit the right amount of ripe bananas and compost to ignite a war between us and them. When we noticed the first signs of the little […]

Bark, Bark, Purr

Grey cat lying on bed.

The Cat’s in the Bed

Suzie and JD are complete opposites. Suzie is female and weighs 7 lbs. She has a delicate build with dainty paws but she is loud, bossy, and almost fearless. JD is a male and weighs 14 lbs. He has a thick build with huge fluffy paws but he is very quiet (when he meows he […]

grey cat on stairs

Dog Gone It

Shelby has been having some issues with the steps leading to the front entrance — she will not go down them. This behavior started the last few months and has been distressing more to Jeff than to me. He thinks it is a vision issue and I think it is a silly dog issue (I […]