Monthly Archives: March 2012

Hairstyles of the damned by Joe Meno

Joe Meno’s Hairstyles of the Damned has the best book cover, ever. And not just because the hairstyle is reminiscent of one I might have sported in college. I could try to describe it, but just go look for yourself … Continue reading

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A really hot cheese soufflé on a really hot day

It’s spring break, but it’s still winter.  It’s nearly 80 degrees in the yard, and the trees are all but bare, a few buds tentatively peeking through.  Daffodils are blooming, despite a shed perched right over the flower bed. Gorilla … Continue reading

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[in Just-] by E. E. Cummings

in Just- spring          when the world is mud- luscious the little lame balloonman whistles          far          and wee and eddieandbill come running from marbles and piracies and it’s spring when the world is puddle-wonderful the queer old balloonman whistles far          and             … Continue reading

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Saint-germain-des-prés onion biscuits: baking the frantic way

I missed the last FFwD — I actually cooked salmon and lentils, and we loved it.  I was damn near missing this FFwD, too.  I am out of sugar, so subbed in brown sugar.  I used a red onion instead … Continue reading

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Rugelach: a budding pastry chef practices her trade

This week, the Doristas made Rugelach, from Baking with Julia, and though I’d never tasted Rugelach (nor do I think I can say it properly), I was more than willing to give it a go. The directions made me a … Continue reading

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Why I teach

This email  came to me this evening.  Sometimes, teaching 7th grade is hard. Recently, with hormones flaring, it has been a challenge. But, all in all, I have the best job in the world.  Evidence follows. “What do you think … Continue reading

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When you’re fifteen

Gorilla Girl’s favorite music is Taylor Swift’s Fearless album.  She got the CD for Christmas, and we’ve been listening to it in my car endlessly.  One of Gorilla Girl’s favorite songs on the album is a song called, “Fifteen” about … Continue reading

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