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Today is a rutabaga day

It has been my observation that most American kitchens do not contain sharp knives. In my kitchen, all the knives are well-honed and I use them all the time to cut, chop, and slice. In winter, I boil, steam, mash, … Continue reading

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Rembering Gerber knives and a dear friend

Yesterday, April 23, 2014, would have been my mother’s 100th birthday. She died in 2011 at the age of 97. My first grandchild, who would have been her second great-grandchild, was born just a week earlier, on April 16. His … Continue reading

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Three generations

PBSĀ has picked up a photo Lyza Danger Gardner took in about 2004 showing me, my mother, Pearl Pollak, and my daughter Maggie with our MacBooks. Mom had recently turned 90, and her children chipped in to buy her that laptop.

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Happy Guy Fawkes Day

Rocky the Squirrel: “Do you know what day it is?” Bullwinkle: “Guy Fawkes Day?” Bullwinkle gave the wrong answer, and I can’t remember what the right answer. I do remember that back in 1962, I thought the exchange on “The … Continue reading

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Writing and eternity

In March 2013, I began this writing exercise with the usual parameters: write unceasingly for 20 minutes without self-editing, without taking the hands off the keyboard or pausing to find the exact phrase. In this case, I think, the phrases … Continue reading

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Names

I recently found a list I wrote several years ago about names. I’m sure many, many other names could be added, but here is what was there: Plumbers Smitty Squeaky Lefty Pipes Duke Luigi Ginger Righty G. Gordon Carpenters Pete … Continue reading

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The rest of the session

Here’s the rest of the “heat white chocolate wafers” exercise, the top of which is part of the “Writing every day” post. The idea may have some potential, but I probably won’t develop it. I have lots of other stories. … Continue reading

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Complicated breakfast

Some days I just don’t know when to quit. Most often, I have a Vitamix green drink, with ingredients like Whole apple or pear Other fruit (berries, kiwi, dates) Kale Other vegetables (spinach, parsley, celery) Orange, prune, or unsweetened cranberry … Continue reading

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Self love

Here, without edits, is my Google search list from a few days ago. I forgot to post it on the day, July 20. Obert Skye How much are my golf clubs worth Used golf clubs Portland How to iron rayon … Continue reading

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Coffeehouses

I just found an old draft I had never published. Maybe you have a favorite place not mentioned here. The New York Time published a swell piece Dec. 3, 2010, about Laptopistan, the strange culture of the coffeehouse as office. … Continue reading

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