Why Life is Like Leftovers

Mar 25, 2011 by

Sometimes it’s better the next day…other times not. Sometimes it’s worse (and how’s that for a cheery “be your best self” affirmation? 😉 There seems to be a universal law re trying new recipes.  The more you make of something, the more likely you’ll hate it – and when you live alone, that’s a LOT of regret…and guilt.  But, I’ve slowly learn to let.it.go.  Really. Out it goes and I continue on my journey to the light. Used to, I’d let the big ol’ pile of blech sit in the fridge, reproaching me for waste, every time I opened the door.  I couldn’t bring myself to eat the stuff, but I couldn’t throw it away either (Can’t we all hear our Moms right now?  Starving children in China, etc.)  Then, after the ghastly concoction...

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Cooking Under Pressure

Mar 18, 2011 by

This section has the lovely and catchy name of “Foodie Friday”, but I feel a disclaimer is in order for my contributions.  I don’t know that I am a  “Foodie”, so much as a “Mad Kitchen Scientist”.  My kitchen has seen many experiments, including such things as attempts to cook mystery farm share vegetables without finding out first what they are and flourless cookie tests that include control groups. Recently, I got curious about my pressure cooker. Pressure cookers are very useful here in the mountains.  The air pressure is low at this altitude and water doesn’t get as hot before boiling, making it difficult to cook some things without extra pressure.  I am frequently teased by friends at sea level for being able to accomplish seemingly complicated feats like making my own yogurt...

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Another Piece of Childhood .. Lost...

Mar 12, 2011 by

I heard tonight that Hasbro will no longer be making the EZ Bake oven. Apparently incandescent light bulbs will no longer be available so the oven won’t work anymore. Remember that pink dream? It was the only present I wanted when I was 10. Those gooey cakes and brownies. In retrospect they were perfectly dreadful but at the time…fabulous! I remember riding bikes without a helmet, knee and elbow pads and a mouth guard. Playing flashlight tag we ran thru our neighbors yards. Going to the mall without a parent. Summer mornings heading out after breakfast and coming home at dinner after a day of adventures. Remember when it was OK to go Trick or Treating and not worrying about razor blades in the apples? We hated the apples just cuz they so didn’t compare...

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Ohhh … So THAT’S Why (I’m Not Married)...

Mar 2, 2011 by

If you are like me, you have some friends who you intangibly just sense will not get married, at least any decade soon. You can sit around a table at lunch and know that wherever they are in the dating cycle, be it flirting, passion or boredom, it’s almost mute to talk about because they will be back around again. And again. I’m also in this “mortally single” class of woman myself. From observation I have deduced that this plight is not founded on looks or physical type. It is not geographical location. It is not even a specific career or education, though most mortally single women I know are smarter than the average bear. I have never been able to really put it into words very well, but read two blog articles today...

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Sizzling Creativity .. Ouch!

Mar 1, 2011 by

FEBRUARY 22, 2011 A Little Zap of the Brain Yields Fresh Insights * Research subjects who received electrical stimulation of the anterior temporal lobes of the brain were 3 times more likely to come up with the fresh insight needed to solve a difficult, unfamiliar problem than people in a control group, according to Richard Chi and Allan Snyder of the University of Sydney. The researchers say they envision a future when noninvasive brain stimulation is briefly employed for solving problems that have evaded traditional cognitive approaches.  Source: Facilitate Insight by Non-invasive Brain Stimulation Wow!  Shades of Young Frankenstein! According to a recent study forwarded by the Harvard Business Review , it seems Mother should not have yelled at my cousin and me all those years ago.  I was three and Tommy was barely...

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Single: Addressing the Professional Stigma...

Feb 22, 2011 by

The single state, at least for women, is a mixed bag professionally. Sure, on the one hand, employers discriminate favorably in hiring and promoting single women.  They recognize the advantage of having on their team those of us who have few pressing family obligations, bring in that paycheck, and a strong work ethic. There are now a number of discrimination employment lawsuits in professional services such as law contending the employers demoted or terminated those who acquired family responsibilities. On the other hand, once we’re hired, the workplace can be a tricky environment for single woman.  Some of us are resented because we have the scheduling freedom to accommodate the employers’s or clients’s needs, even whims. The hostility can be palpable.  Some are treated with condescension.  One boss invited me to be “with his...

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Fat Is The New Thin

Feb 15, 2011 by

We’ve all heard the buzz. 50’s are the new 40’s. 40’s are the new 30’s. Cougars are the new wasted floozies …But if you really are keen you have seen … FAT is the NEW THIN! That’s right. Tides have rolled in for the rolley and the polley. Our basic human mating preference social structure has made a definite twist. To understand this new paradigm we need to break down the sexes into their respective categories as classified by their opposites. You see, we have three types of men: You have your Average Joes, your Chubby Chasers, and your 3-V men. Average Joes are just that, they follow the norm. Chubby Chasers, well, they have been ahead of the curve. And the much celebrated 3-V’s (that stands for vjay-jay is vjay-jay is vjay-jay )...

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Dating in the Middle Ages

Feb 12, 2011 by

So…Many of my girlfriends, too many, have been saying that men no longer approach them. The same is pretty much true for me. I have average looks, I get it. But half of these women are gorgeous, 2 are models in fact. They are from 30’s to 50’s. So it’s not a specific age, not a specific profession, and not all are in my geographic area. The conclusion is that men on the most part just do not bother dating much anymore, and these women agree. It’s a fact. Men think about it on occasion, they might start a dating profile, but they don’t make the effort to actually go on dates. OK, maybe once in a long while, but not often enough to really start a relationship. In fact, there is a new web series...

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