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entertaining: [Mar. 4th, 2010|06:11 am]
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how I love the internet! [Feb. 1st, 2010|06:46 am]
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some gems I want to share:

go learn all about Roman Architecture at the Yale professor's semester class:

go get 25 free prints from shutterfly - enter promo code FREE25PRINTS at checkout:

I love well designed graphic title sequences in movies, and here is a place you can see the best:

My amazon wishlist - so many great books!

If I am ever stuck artistically, this page always gets me going, click on any image to see it larger:

When I need to escape - this site helps me imagine all the amazing adventures I could plan:

anything worth reading is right here:
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and when in doubt, roast a chicken: [Jan. 29th, 2010|04:54 am]
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From Jacques Pepin:

Roasted Split Chicken with Mustard Crust
I often make this recipe at home when I am in a hurry, because splitting and flattening the chicken and cutting between the joints of the leg and the shoulder reduce the cooking time by half. I use kitchen shears to split the chicken open at the back and to cut the cooked bird into serving pieces and a knife to cut between the joints.
The mustard crust can be made ahead and even spread on the chicken a day ahead, if you
like. I pour the cooked chicken juices into a fat separator with a spout and serve over
Fluffy Mashed Potatoes, leaving the fat behind.
4 Servings
Mustard Crust
• 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
• 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
• 2 tablespoons dry white wine
• 1 tablespoon soy sauce (use gluten free if you are me)
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 teaspoon Tabasco hot pepper sauce
• 1 teaspoon herbes de Provence
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 chicken (about 3 1/2 pounds)
• Fluffy Mashed Potatoes
For the crust: Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Using kitchen shears or a sharp knife, cut alongside the
backbone of the chicken to split it open. Spread and press on the chicken with your hands
to flatten it. Using a sharp paring knife, cut halfway through both sides of the joints
connecting the thighs and drumsticks and cut through the joints of the shoulder under the
wings as well. (This will help the heat penetrate these joints and accelerate the cooking
Put the chicken skin side down on a cutting board and spread it with about half the
mustard mixture. Place the chicken flat in a large skillet, mustard side down. Spread the
remaining mustard on the skin side of the chicken. Cook over high heat for about 5
minutes, then place the skillet in the oven and cook the chicken for about 30 minutes. It
should be well browned and dark on top.
Let the chicken rest in the skillet at room temperature for a few minutes, then cut it into 8
pieces with clean kitchen shears. Defat the cooking juices. If you like, mound some
Fluffy Mashed Potatoes on each of four warm dinner plates and place 2 pieces of chicken
on each plate. Pour some juice on the mashed potatoes and chicken and serve.
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and then this: [Jan. 29th, 2010|04:32 am]
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“In life you will come to a great chasm. Jump.” -J.Conrad
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and this just came in my in box. . . . [Jan. 29th, 2010|04:30 am]
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Live a Life And Don't Just Talk About It

The more positive you are in your every thought, word and deed, the more stimulating and inspiring you are to all those whom you contact. To inspire others, you have really to live a life and not just to talk about it. Everyone likes to see a way of life lived and demonstrated to see for themselves that it is practical and workable, that there is nothing theoretical and airy-fairy about it. What you are doing might be something that many will do in days ahead. That is why all must be proved and tested, so all can see that it works.

-Eileen Caddy
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so movingly said: [Jan. 17th, 2010|08:19 am]
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"Consider the homeless man on the street corner. One grimy hand clutches a cardboard sign; the other is an open palm, extended in silent supplication. Are you your brother's keeper? Think about the untold numbers of Haitian women trapped inside collapsed buildings, bloodied hands stretched toward rescue workers who haven’t yet arrived. Do you hear the feeble cries of your sisters? Tibetan Buddhist philosophy suggests that they may be buddhas in disguise, manifesting themselves on our paths in order to help us grow in compassion and move toward enlightenment. Those inclined toward Judeo-Christian principles might consider them “angels unawares.” Religion (and other tribal affiliations) aside, I believe they're calling on our own better angels.

I'm wondering how to answer, how I can be of service. "Guide me into grace and bless me into usefulness." This is my prayerful meditation."

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restless. . . . [Jan. 14th, 2010|08:00 am]
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this artist is so inspiring:


she is doing what I dream of - just making art, writing, and being brave enough to just move abroad.
Why am I never happy where I am?
I JUST moved less than 2 weeks ago, and I feel so unsettled and sad that I am fantasizing about moving again.
what's up with that?
I don't think being in Copenhagen would solve all my problems.

well, that's another story.

or how about Bali?
Varanasi India?

the catch it would still be the same me, just in another location.
So I will try to change the thing inside that makes me unsatisfied, and be happy where I am.
I really will try.
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crazy crazy idea [Jan. 13th, 2010|05:51 am]
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I seem to have blog readers all over the world - I bet lots of you guys have guest rooms.
My daughter can do on-line high school for free using our Colorado address.
My work is through this lap top, I don't need to be in a certain location.
There are awesome yoga schools in Varanasi India, not to mention awesome people all over the world.
We have lots of frequent flier miles.
I've always wanted to be a gypsy - put my life in a backpack and go out to meet the world. and all the adventures to be had. Somehow, though, I got stuck in suburbia raising three kids. Is it too late for all this?

1. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain

2. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

3. “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

4. “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson

5. “All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.” – Paul Fussell

6. “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac

7. “He who does not travel does not know the value of men.” – Moorish proverb

8. “People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.” – Dagobert D. Runes

9. “A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck

10. “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang

11. “Your true traveler finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty-his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.” – Aldous Huxley

12. “All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.” – Samuel Johnson

13. “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

14. “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese

15. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

16″A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” – Moslih Eddin Saadi

17. “When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in.” – D. H. Lawrence

18. “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark

19. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

20. “Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard

Na Pali Coast21. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber

22. “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru

23. “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux

24. “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

25. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

26. “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.” – Robert Frost

27. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

28. “There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.” – Charles Dudley Warner

29. “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

30. “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener

31. “The journey not the arrival matters.” – T. S. Eliot

32. “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

33. “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain

34. “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quiestest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy
“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

35. “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

36. “Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” – Benjamin Disraeli

37. “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou

38. “Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversation.” – Elizabeth Drew

39. “Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe”……Anatole France

40. “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca

41. “What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.” – William Least Heat Moon

42. “I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.” – Lillian Smith

43. “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley

44. “Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.” – Freya Stark

45. “The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” – Rudyard Kipling

46. “Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” – Paul Theroux

47. “The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G. K. Chesterton

48. “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” – Clifton Fadiman

49. “A wise traveler never despises his own country.” – Carlo Goldoni

50. “Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” – Mark Jenkins
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Welcome to Denver [Jan. 7th, 2010|08:19 am]
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one below.
snow and ice to be scraped.
no good boots or gloves.
oh poor poor me.
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very nice [Dec. 29th, 2009|09:30 am]
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