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it’s a sine

Ever since I can remember, one of my chief cravings when I’ve not felt well (at least, when I’m both not feeling well and eating) is Jello chocolate pudding, the kind you get in the refrigerated case.

sunshine in a jar

If you don’t like lemons, there’s nothing for you here today. Unless you like limes. If you don’t like lemons and you don’t like limes, I hope you like oranges, although this post won’t help you with those. If you… Continue Reading →

what’s in a word?

From my couch of enforced idleness, I’ve had more time to noodle on the internetz than usual. TweetStats is a nifty little service that lends a little faux rigor and quasi-scientific analysis to your Twitter stream [Over half my tweets… Continue Reading →

hotel illness

Still life with sniffles. by crgreene Last weekend I was in Seattle for the ALA Midwinter Meeting (for the few civilians who read this blog, ALA stands for American Library Association). What I planned to do: Attend various committee meetings,… Continue Reading →

goodbye january, hello rose

Thanks, January, for the beauty of frost and ice, the way cold weather lets you know you’re alive, the shortsleeves brought on by some unusual warm weather,  and for a new year, but mostly, for a new niece: Rose Eleanor… Continue Reading →

For those who are about to present

… we salute you. Maybe you, dear readers, do a fair amount of presenting; maybe you don’t. Maybe you’ve given up on me altogether after my protracted silence on this channel. If you are out there (*tap tap*  *tap tap*… Continue Reading →

The College of Content

I mentioned in a previous post that I was going to attempt to be less critical. You may have wondered why there were no further reports on progress … and in an effort not to be critical of myself, I’ll… Continue Reading →

Curing what ails you: chicken soup for the MOUTH

I have a true confession to make. I am 36 years old, and until just a couple weeks ago, I’d never made chicken soup from scratch. I can see now that was a huge mistake. By the time this recipe… Continue Reading →

Farmer Maggot’s creamy mushroom & potato soup

I considered calling this Samwise’s Tater and Mushroom soup but once I added the cream I figured it would be more of a Shire soup than an on-the-road soup. For those less enlightened nerdy than I, here’s the deal on… Continue Reading →

Chammak challo

If you are in my general proximity you have likely already been subjected to my effusions about the dance classes I’ve been doing more or less weekly for the last year or so – and when I say dance class,… Continue Reading →

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