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A Popular Italian Dish — Fish in Crazy Water

Have you ever heard of the Italian dish called Acqua Pazza or Fish in Crazy Water? While the dish originated from fishermen of the Neapolitan area, who sautéed the catch of the day in seawater together with tomatoes and extra… Continue Reading →

Words: “To Be Everywhere At Once Is To Be Nowhere Forever”

In our rush to be and do everything, we rush past so much that maybe small in the moment but huge in a life time. “There are some good things to be said about walking. Not many, but some.  Walking… Continue Reading →

Book Review: CORRAG by Susan Fletcher

Heartbreaking, breathtaking, hopeful… of Jacobites and the fierce loyalty to kings … and the Glencoe Massacre Read More…

Words: ” …to resist a technological formula that is sterile”

“Perhaps success in the future will depend partly on our ability to generate cheap power, but I think it will depend to a greater extent on our ability to resist a technological formula that is sterile: peas without pageantry, corn without coon, knowledge without wisdom, kitchens without a warm stove. There is more to these rocks than uranium; there is the lichen on the rock, the smell of the fern whose feet are upon the rock, the view from the rock...” E.B. White, Essays of E.B. White

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Elwyn Brooks “E. B.” White (July 11, 1899 – October 1, 1985)

Husband, father, Animal lover, naturalist, gentlem...

Book Review: THE GLOVEMAKER by Ann Weisgarber

Pitch-perfect writing …quite a tale about members of the Mormon community in rugged 1888 Utah. Read More…

Music: UNDERWATER by Black Lab

For The Joy Of Animals: Mouse Maid

Apparently Cinderella isn’t the only one with a mouse helper. Handy & compact maybe having a mouse maid will be the next little thing… A mouse has been captured tidying up bits and bobs in a pensioner's shed. Stephen McKears… Continue Reading →

Growing Designer Snowflakes

There is something magical and compelling in the delicate artistry of snowflakes. It’s as if nature decided to show off one of its finest creations in a study of contrasts and contradictions.  After all, how can snowflakes fall at a… Continue Reading →

Book Review: WASHINGTON BLACK by Esi Edugyan

Oh how I loved WASHINGTON BLACK by Esi Edugyan! I was in need of lovely, sensory language and an engaging tale – and perhaps, more so, I was in need of a journey with incredibly rich characters. As the book… Continue Reading →

Words: “Be An Intelligent Toiler… “

May we each understand the need, and strive to be, an intelligent toiler...
"An infallible test of civilization is that a man claiming to be civilized should be an intelligent toiler, that he should understand the dignity of labor, and that his work should be such as to advance the interests of the community to which he belongs."   ~~ Mahatma Gandhi (or Mohandas K. Gandhi)

From THE ESSENTIAL GANDHI: An Anthology of his Writings on his Life, Work, and Ideas; Louis Fisher, Editor, p. 82

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Bring Some Mardi Gras Spirit To Your Dinner Table

Mardi Gras is just around the corner and the Gulf Coast residents have started to prepare for the celebration. Several weeks before, towns across the coast hold Krewe parties, Mardi Gras balls and Krewe parades culminating in the Grand Parade… Continue Reading →

Words: “Water …The Vital Humour Of This Arid Earth”

Leonardo Da Vinci was a keen observer and student of nature.  His notes on The Nature of Water, from The notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci , Translation by Edward MacCurdy (1955) are perceptive and eloquent: “Water is that which serves the vital… Continue Reading →

Book Review: THE WIFE by Meg Wolitzer

I picked THE WIFE by Meg Wolitzer for our book club, as I thought it would be so much fun to have a corresponding “go to the movies night” to compare the novel with the new movie featuring Glenn Close…. Continue Reading →

Book Review: THE NATURE FIX by Florence Williams

I don’t review a great number of nonfiction on Goodreads, but to those who know me (and my penchant for fiction writing that includes sensory nature descriptions), it’s probably no surprise that THE NATURE FIX: WHY NATURE MAKES US HAPPIER,… Continue Reading →

This little book took me by surprise in a big way. A debut with a long list of well-deserved literary honors.

Can We Ever Feel Too Valuable?

We all have an innate need to be valued in life — to feel we are valuable as individuals and as members of our community and to feel that our contributions are worthy and appreciated. But can we ever feel too valuable?

Tis The Season…

Tis the season — to share love and laughter among friends, family and furcritters…

A study of the migratory pollinators and the interdependence they have on one another… a warning regarding possible environmental peril.

The language is poetic and lyrical. Taylor Brown creates an incredible sense of place that transports the reader.

Beautiful And Cute But Still Voracious Predators

If something is beautiful or cute we tend to think of it as friendly, happy or, at the very least, benign.  But few things look and act that simply.

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