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A Gentle Reminder: Perspective

July 30, 2014

Long ago as a university writing instructor I didn’t have the luxury–or the confidence–to draw pictures on the chalkboard to illustrate a point. Instead it would be key words or concepts from the required reading. What I never failed to marvel at, though, is how many times it was necessary to repeat these key words […]

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Double Banana Bread (Vegan and Gluten Free)

July 25, 2014

When Mike and Kelly and I come together, we always wind up with an overabundance of bananas from both our households. Some travel all the way to Moscow from Portland, needing to be used up before they turn liquid. Others have accumulated at my home base, as I try to squirrel away more than usual […]

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Home on the Electric Range

July 21, 2014

A long time ago, as my friend Jim was building the masonry stove in the house on Asbury Street, we got into a discussion about whether it’s satisfying to be right all the time. Jim is an intelligent and conscientious craftsman and at the time he was very invested in getting things right. And, “rightly,” […]

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Pineapple Basil Garlic Scape Pesto

July 13, 2014

I’m sharing a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share this year from the organic farm at Washington State University with two friends of mine.  I’m so glad they asked to include me, because it’s meant I’ve had more local fresh produce during the move than I otherwise would have, since planting an extensive garden at either […]

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Time is a Circle

July 8, 2014

The subject line of this blog post was also the subject line of an e-mail my son  Mike sent me with the photo above attached. The first half of the photo was taken the summer I bought the blue house, the summer of 1994, the summer we got Tinne, our golden retriever. I was 38 […]

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Kelly’s Vegan and Gluten Free Baked Quesadillas

July 2, 2014

My daughter-in-law Kelly is one of my favorite people on this earth. Although she moves fast to get things done, she is never pushy or aggressive about it. She just has a nice lighthearted way of moving things along when they seem stuck in the mud. And fast though she goes at moving things along, […]

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It’s Official

June 16, 2014

Just a quick post to let you know, dear readers, because of all your well wishes, which carried me through the process–as of the evening of June 16, it’s official: my little blue house at 312 South Asbury is zoned R4. Here it is in the sweet evening light, looking, well, “residential”!!  And thanks to me, the […]

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The Right Stuff

June 4, 2014

If you’ve never heard George Carlin’s routine A Place for My Stuff, take 5 minutes and treat yourself to a  good laugh.  I’m living in that comedy routine these days, and it helped me a lot with perspective to find it online. I laughed so hard I cried all the way through. The last two weeks […]

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Old Garden Vegan Millet Bowl with Anytime Sauce

May 30, 2014

Even though I sometimes freeze my fingers doing it, if there isn’t snow on the ground, I like to start sugar snap peas in my garden around Spring Equinox. The peas like it cold and wet, and if  I get them in then or soon after, by now they are starting to climb the wire […]

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Vegan Versions: Living Oatmeal

May 19, 2014

A few years ago when i first read somewhere online that in addition to his morning big bowl, Rip Esselstyn often eats a bowl of oats before bed, I felt like I had been given permission to eat more oats. Then I read in a thread on the McDougall discussion board that for some people […]

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