The menu, a litany of updated regional classics such as black-eyed pea cakes, was relentlessly “improved” by garnishes such as avocados and Basmati rice. The joint’s “philosophy” — since all new restaurants must now publish a justifying manifesto along with their menu — centered on the now tedious homage to “local” “organic” produce and a
Obviously, have coffee and check Windy for the weather. But not according to Heloise who says, The first thing to do in the mornings is to put your dishes in the sink to soak and then make the beds! I don’t know why, but this is most important. It gives a woman a feeling of
Marie Kondo, guru of the “don’t be afraid to grab another trash bag” movement, recently drew ire from book-lovers. Kondo recommends we keep no more than 30 books in our homes, 30 books that “spark joy.” But who is to say what sparks joy today will spark joy tomorrow? https://www.frontporchrepublic.com/2019/02/the-american-bookstore-a-list/ There’s more but I need
The preferred model of the smart person is someone whose living space is overwhelmed with books – piled on tables, chairs, shelves, heaped in the corner. Occasionally the occupant will think “now, what was it that Arnold Hasgrove said about agrarian populism in the late 19th century? I just saw that book – ah, it
Remember this…? From the first post in January’s Crappy old Book of the Month series? The days of the cave man have passed. Physical strength no longer gives prowess to the individual. What the twentieth century demands is the trained intellect. The man who knows is the man of the hour. The Standard Question Book and Home
On the left, The Standard Dictionary of Facts (1914). On the right, The Standard Question Book and Home Study Outlines (1919). The Question Book is… well-titled. It’s a book of questions organized along the lines of The Dictionary: History, Language, Literature… . Let us suppose we are interested in testing our knowledge of, or learning
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My lovely living boy, | My hope, my hap, my love, my life, my joy. Guillaume de Salluste (1544-1590), Divine Weeks and Works, Second Week, Fourth day, pt. 2 My fair son! | My life, my joy, my food, my all the world! Wm. Shakespeare (1564-1616), King John, act III, sc. iv, l. 103
Let’s face it: I can extol the glories of homemade chicken and vegetable broths until Hades freezes over. In reality, the only people making their own broth are me and an eighty-year old women in Siberia. from The Splendid Table’s How to Eat Supper— a cookbook with great recipes! Here’s where we left off in
I don’t know what the weather’s like where you are, but it’s danged cold here– 42º but feels like 37º. Nothing warms one up on a frigid day such as this quite like a nice hot cup of tea. What follows are a handful of tea recipes collected from Mr. Big Food’s Big Food Manual.
It’s Drudgery Monday and I am pleased to report that things on the book-cleaning front are going sweepingly, as Missy would say. The Treasure Chest is done and rearranged a bit. Shelves of mostly art books are done. Two sets of encyclopedias– each & every volume– dusted and put back. Ordinary encyclopedias are the worst.
Another easy way to prevent bird impacts is simply to keep your household or apartment lights off from dusk until dawn. Andrew Del-Colle, “Three Ways You Can Help Migrating Birds This Fall,” August, 2018. I like birds just as much as the next bird lover, but that’s just stupid. To begin, a spot of editing is
Today is the day I begin picking up and dusting each of the 3320 books in my library. I had hoped to start last week, but until today, I was still coming to terms with a) Daughter C’s insistence on decorating for Christmas– looked very nice, I was still finding things that needed to be
2019 – 1975 = 44. Forty-four isn’t really a lot of years, is it? But in 1975 if you wanted to photograph (get this) the President in the White House… Hank Arron clouting one over the fences… a U.S. Olympic track star… your favorite actress receiving an Academy Award you would need to read four
Back not by popular demand, but because I’m in the mood. If you look ^ there in the header and click, you will see Crappy Old Books of the Months was a (fairly) regular feature in 2015. Anywhere from a half- to a couple of dozen posts on or about a particular crappy old book
The Lord Bless Thee and Keep Thee The Lord bless thee and keep thee, The Lord make His face shine upon thee, And give thee peace. from Worship and Conduct Songs for Beginners and Primaries (1929)
Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen. from Worship and Conduct Songs for Beginners and Primaries (1929)
The Old City in Jerusalem was as close as we got to Bethlehem a couple of years ago, so I’m revisiting some of the photographs I took. Recall, as part of Mr. Big Food’s invited Bar Hillel Lectures, Hebrew University treated us to a private tour of the Old City– just two grad students, the
Last weekend Daughter C & I supported our local economy. Earlier this week, I again supported our local economy. Our local economy is now on its own– which is to say, I have traded cash money for nearly everything that exists in our local economy that I wish to purchase. And so yesterday I went