Chocolate-mint cookies ooze flavor familiarity

Playing nicely on the same plate comes easier to some foods than others. In the hands of the right chef (or home cook), however, a dish of disparate ingredients can be more than the sum of its parts, or so this week’s A la Carte story ventured. But if the »»Read Full Post

The Law of the Garbage Truck

The Law of the Garbage Truck One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the »»Read Full Post

Leading When Times Are Tough

Today we’d like you to spend some time thinking about how you can lead your life and lead in your life. Our short exercise below can help you to: live in alignment with your purpose have some influence and control over your day-to-day life have a sense of connection and »»Read Full Post

Native plants for a backyard food forest

“I tried to discover, in the rumor of forests and waves, words that other men could not hear, and I pricked up my ears to listen to the revelation of their harmony.”~ Gustave Flaubert, "November," 1842 In Sunday's column (Feb. 19, 2017), I wrote about creating a forest garden using »»Read Full Post

Living While Alive....Mom's Visit Included Lunch at Restored 'Ladies of the Night' House

It was Mom's last visit around 2003 to Oregon before she died. Ruthie B's was a past 'ladies of the night' in early 1900's house in Springfield I'd told her about. They served tea/lunch in a creative way. Hats, boas and scarves were made available to do dressups while having »»Read Full Post

The Comics Disaster of 2017

You can imagine how our phones and email accounts exploded this morning when readers turned to a completely new comics page on B8 without a horoscope, without most of their favorite strips, and without any warning whatsoever. Believe me, I was just as surprised as anyone (as evidenced by the »»Read Full Post

HAIKU MONDAY: Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, with this one also known as America's Collective Hangover Day.   Super Bowl parties It's pure Americana. Super Monday? Ick.   For the handful of Haiku Monday virgins that make it to this-here corner of the cyber world, this is when and where Fish Hack »»Read Full Post