Why Social Media Is Like My First Wristwatch

Can you only have a good conversation in person?

I walked into a meeting one afternoon several weeks ago, feeling somewhat self-conscious. My one-and-only wristwatch had died the day before (days of a slow, lingering agony of skipped minutes, before it finally wound to a halt) but I wasn't ready to give it up just yet. Hating that empty wrist … [Read more...]

Roast Salmon with White Beans and Tomatoes

Satisfying, simple, and sufficiently easy to prepare.

Sometimes simple is best, it's easiest, and it is the most satisfying. Simple meals are the ones you can prepare by going with how thingsĀ feel. But until you're comfortable in the kitchen, it is also reassuring to have a few steps to guide you, showing you the way. This recipe, or combination of … [Read more...]

Two Pills Shy of An Addiction

Soda fountain "Not a Winner"

I have a friend who excels at marketing. He's great at creating and selling products, for one because he has an eye for design, but mostly, because he understands human nature. The ability to figure out what goes on inside the deepest, darkest recesses of somebody else's mind is crucial to making … [Read more...]

Blueberry Crumble

The crisp is best served at room temperature, so let it rest a bit after coming out of the oven.

Fresh fruit is my favorite thing for dessert, and it only gets better when plump blueberries are paired with just enough sugar to create a luscious sauce. Topped with a lightly sweetened crumble and accessorized with a scoop of vanilla gelato, the flavor combinations will make your toes tingle with … [Read more...]

Tri-Cornered Hamentaschen


When my mother left a delectable delivery of Hamentaschen on our doorstep last week, I bemoaned the fact that she prepares these treats only once a year. Although the Jewish holiday of Purim, celebrating freedom from oppression, has passed, these triangle-shaped, jelly filled pastries are tasty any … [Read more...]

So There’s Method In Our Madness?

Hamlet Theater Poster

The bike shop owner and Dr. K stand head-to-head, poring over a topographical map depicting roads snaking around Walla Walla County, Washington. Snippets of their conversation drift my way, the charming lilt of the man's Australian accent intermingling with Dr. K's western burr. I hear mention of … [Read more...]

Poached Cod with Curried Vegetable Broth

Cod and vegetable broth is quick weeknight dinner.

When I think of fish for an elegant dinner, cod is not one of those swimmers that first come to mind. For me, cod brings up images of breaded fish sticks and men in rain slickers on Cape Cod fishing boats. And then there is cod liver oil, the scourge of children in old stories, used as a threatened … [Read more...]