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April 24th, 2015

Editor-at-Large April 24, 2015

I first became aware of Amy Schumer via whatever comedy standup show aired before Jon Stewart. I record the Daily Show and the DVR often catches the last couple of minutes of the previous show and she’d be on and I’d be laughing at her and wish I’d seen her whole act. And I noticed her legs because she has seriously exceptional legs. But she’s more than her legs! I came across this article on the speech she delivered at the 2014 Gloria Awards and Gala, put on by the Ms. Foundation for Women. If you weren’t at the gala, treat yourself to a read of the full transcript of the speech. I think it will make you laugh and feel good. (

I binge-watched ‘Bloodline’, one of the latest Netflix original-programming series. It wasn’t as if I didn’t have other things to do, like yard work, and making two batches of rhubarb muffins – failures both. More importantly, I fell behind on Justified. I didn’t intend to binge-watch. It just happened. Bloodline is that good. Honestly, I tuned in because I heard Kyle Chandler was in it and I not only will watch anything ‘coach’ is in, but I actively seek out his work. If you’re a son or daughter, brother, sister, mother or father, this story will speak to you. And am I the only one who kept thinking of John Cheever’s Goodbye, My Brother?


There was talk of rain for this week here in Southern California, but alas, the devastating drought continues. Those of us with even-numbered street addresses can shower on Tuesdays and Fridays; odd-numbered, Mondays and Thursdays*. We just hang loose on the weekends and eat almonds.


sunset, Will Rogers State Beach

sunset, Will Rogers State Beach



*Yes, the above is an exaggeration. That particular edict has not yet been made.


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...

April 19th, 2015

Sweet Sunday: On Mad Men

My mom at organ

What Mad Men does well is the small stuff. What I’m hoping for in the final season is not for everything and everyone to be tied up in a nice, neat little package. I just want the small stuff to be really, really good. Continue reading...

February 13th, 2015

Editor-At-Large February 13, 2015

Brian Williams and Jon Stewart: Just say it isn’t so on both counts, please. Continue reading...

February 11th, 2015

A Lot Like Pozole Verde

Pozole verde

A not-entirely traditional, vegan version of Pozole Verde – with mushrooms and farro. Continue reading...

February 9th, 2015

A Different Perspective


Well Readers, that way of thinking came to a screeching halt for me when I had some blood work done and saw the doctor and was told, just a few days before Christmas, that I had diabetes. Oddly enough, the doctor did not think it was a good idea to put off controlling my blood sugar until after the holidays. Doctors can be such killjoys, can’t they? Continue reading...

February 14th, 2014

Editor-At-Large 2-14-2014

Fiber-filled Rogue, asleep

Vegan pancakes a la Jared. Continue reading...

February 12th, 2014

Red Bean and Farro Stew

Red Bean and Farro Stew

Thinking about beans? No? Well I have been. And so I made some stew. Continue reading...

February 7th, 2014

Editor-At-Large 2-7-2014

I’m considering buying a bike and going for a ride… Continue reading...

February 5th, 2014

Vegetable and Pearl Barley Soup With Parsnips

barley vegetable soup with parsnips

Dear Readers:

I often eat vegetables like medicine. When they appear on my plate, through no fault of my own or by my own design, I eat them first and get them over with so I can get on to the tastes on the plate that I actually enjoy.  It doesn’t matter if I’ve cooked them especially well, chances are I won’t really like them. But not parsnips; parsnips… Continue reading...