June 25th, 2015

Redesign in Progress


Dear Readers:


Just a quick hello to let you know the radio silence is due to a site redesign and some glitches and the ‘launching’ (that word just seems a bit much, in this case), of a second little sister-site. I wanted to redesign ICV for quite a while now and finally took the plunge – and of course it’s proving to be a lot more time and effort than anticipated. I love technology, but not as much as most, I suspect.

I’ll be back soon –

In the meantime, how about that George Ezra? Isn’t he the bomb?




May 24th, 2015

Sweet Sunday: On the Definition of Success


Dear Readers,

Three-day-weekend Sundays are the best. Not bittersweet like the usual Sunday, what with Monday looming; just sweet.

One more Mad Men indulgence (forgive me?): This Paris Review interview with the show’s creator Matt Weiner. One of those interviews where the curtain is pulled back to reveal a brilliant writer’s process. Weiner was very forthcoming, getting into the questions of what time of day… Continue reading...

May 22nd, 2015

Editor-at-Large Friday, May 22, 2015


Dear Readers,

It’s the Friday before a long weekend: may you have enough ice.

A few things I wanted to share:

Farm Sanctuary’s Orland, California shelter has let some sheep just be sheep, as they should be. And it’s a sweet thing. (Farmsanctuary.org)

Be a trailblazer and a world changer: reserve a table at the Bistro in Vitro, Dutch artist Koert van Mensvoort’s… Continue reading...

May 20th, 2015

This is Vegan Larb

Vegan Larb

Once you’ve tried larb, you’ll want it again. And again. This is Vegan Larb and it is addictive. Continue reading...

May 3rd, 2015

Sweet Sunday: On Verdigris and Rogue

Rogue Collage 3

Dear Readers,

Live theatre is not what first comes to mind when one thinks about Los Angeles, it being – historically, anyway – the film capitol of the world and all. Yet, there is a lot of very good theatre here, and last weekend I was fortunate enough to be part of the audience at Hollywood’s Theatre West for the revival of Verdigris, a play written by Jim Beaver… Continue reading...

May 1st, 2015

Editor-at-Large Friday, May 1, 2015

Rogue Anna Marie

Dear Readers,

I’m just getting into birding, and these stunning images from the winners of this year’s Audobon Photography Awards make me wish I’d started years ago. They are magnificent and will be published in the May/June 2015 issue of Audobon magazine.  The below photograph is from Constance Mier, Fine Art winner.  (Mental Floss)

April 29th, 2015

Cauliflower Rice with Lime and Cilantro

Cauliflower Rice with Lime and Cilantro

If you like cauliflower, Cauliflower Rice is a no-brainer. If you, like me, do not like cauliflower, I think you’ll be surprised at how much you like this and now have a very low-carb, healthy substitute for rice in many situations. Continue reading...

April 26th, 2015

Sweet Sunday: On Butter Coffee

Butter Coffee

I had to try the whole ‘butter coffee’ thing. Though I’m not sure it’s going to change my life, it was delicious. Continue reading...

April 24th, 2015

Editor-at-Large April 24, 2015

On Amy Schumer, Bloodlines, and restricted bathing. Continue reading...

April 22nd, 2015

Leek and Potato Soup with Cabbage and Caraway

Leek and Potato Soup with Cabbage and Caraway

Creamy, caraway-y and dill-y. It’s true, soup is good food! Continue reading...