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Shade

It’s been a really long time since I had an invention to post, but this week, with the return of the sun came the return of my shade problem.  We have a deck with a great view. Lovely to sit … Continue reading

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hacked By Fallag Gassrini

Hacked by Fallag Gassrini

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Discoveries

The other day I made fig jam–one of my all time favorites. But in trying to speed up the process, I scorched the bottom of my enamel pot. I scrubbed and scrubbed, but couldn’t get the fine layer of burnt … Continue reading

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Net zero

A friend told me that she has a net zero policy when it comes to clothing purchases–for every new thing she buys, something must go: net zero. In my case, this has turned out to be pretty easy to follow. I … Continue reading

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Gadgets, writing, and domestic tranquility

I am a sucker for kitchen gadgets–for me the Williams Sonoma or Chef’s Catalog is a kind of kitchen porn. Many of them aren’t worth the trouble, but I have two onion gadgets that really work: the onion keeper and … Continue reading

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Fat Monday

In Saturday’s WSJ, there was an article debunking the assumption that fat is implicated in heart disease: ” ‘Saturated fat does not cause heart disease’—or so concluded a big study published in March in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine… … Continue reading

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Interrobang & octothorpe

Perhaps typography doesn’t interest you, but my associations with letter press printers, those odd creatures who print by taking the individual letters and putting them together into rows of type, running ink over them and creating art, has led me … Continue reading

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Emu egg and kitchen gadgets

I’m having a slow recovery from the holidays, though I can hardly blame the California weather. One of the highlights of our holiday breakfasts was an Emu egg I got at the farmers’ market. It was about 7″ long, and … Continue reading

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Tips for the accident prone

It’s been a long time since I posted anything wholly practical here, so here are two first aid tips I learned this summer that have miraculous properties.

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Seed time

I have a weakness for seed catalogs but have discovered that most seed packages contain a nearly life-time supply of seeds–except the super-specialized ones.  So I have quite a trove of seeds, all ready to plant. I look through the … Continue reading

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