Friday, October 19, 2018

Annual Clock Tinkering

Daylight saving time 2018 in Rhode Island began at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 11 and ends at 2:00 AM on
Sunday, November 4. All times are in Eastern Time.


Thinking about the death of my parents. Is that all there was?

Oat Season

This summer we bought a 50 pound bag of steel cut oats for bread-baking and for winter porridge. We keep it stored in the freezer. Last night I cooked a big batch in the electric pressure cooker before bed so I could refrigerate it and heat it up in the morning for breakfast.


We brought our house plants indoors last night to avoid the frost including the two basil plants which counted as my garden. If I could keep the basil alive all winter that would be amazing but my house doesn't get enough sun and warmth. If it did I'd be like that lady who plucks leaves from her kitchen rosemary and sage plants on her cooking show. She isn't a chef she's just selling expensive equipment. My husband and I laughed at her gigantic commercial pizza oven as if that was a normal household appliance necessary to bake a cabbage stew. Lately I have been thinking, everybody has a narrative, everybody is putting on their own little puppet show. The more resources they have the more elaborate their theater props and narrative. Who is their audience? I said as we drove by the string of mcmansions on the way to the apple orchard.


“She stood there until something fell off the shelf inside her.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God


“She didn't read books so she didn't know that she was the world and the heavens boiled down to a drop.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Coward's Revenge

“Bitterness is the coward's revenge on the world for having been hurt.”
― Zora Neale Hurston

In the Mind

“There is a basin in the mind where words float around on thought and thought on sound and sight. Then there is a depth of thought untouched by words, and deeper still a gulf of formless feelings untouched by thought.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

The Sea

“Love is like the sea. It's a moving thing, but still and all, it takes its shape from the shore it meets, and it's different with every shore.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Mud Puddle

“Some people could look at a mud puddle and see an ocean with ships.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God


“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.”
― Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms

After a few weeks of reading recipes I decided to dive in without one.

I preheated the oven to 350 and stemmed the crimini mushrooms.

I poured a generous amount of olive oil in my 12 inch cast iron skillet and heated it up. Meanwhile I chopped a bunch of fresh garlic cloves and a dash of red chili flakes. I added a pound bag of chopped frozen spinach and helped it defrost in the pan by breaking it up. I added the chopped mushroom stems. I crushed a sleeve of (generic Ritz) crackers and added them and then I added grated Romano cheese and Adobo and freshly ground black pepper. I added a bit of kosher salt.

I filled the mushrooms and baked them in a skillet for 20 minutes. I only had 9 mushrooms so I baked the leftover filling in another skillet at the same time to eat with rice.

I made brown rice in my electric pressure cooker and it was ready in 19 minutes.

A fabulous dinner with a glass of sauvignon blanc.

Vita Sackville-West

Authority has every reason to fear the skeptic, for authority can rarely survive in the face of doubt.
-Vita Sackville-West


I dreamed I married a colorful plastic frog. The lawyer said "We'll need prints to distinguish him from the other plastic frogs." I woke up feeling hopeful that my subconscious was still working.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Get Out of the Way

“Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.”
― Ray Bradbury

I Believe in Libraries

“I don't believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don't have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn't go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.”
― Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury

“If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”
― Ray Bradbury

Change Something

“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you're there.

It doesn't matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that's like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”
― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Tip Ourselves Over

“We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.”
― Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury

“I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.”
― Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

For the Psyche

“The most valuable thing we can do for the psyche, occasionally, is to let it rest, wander, live in the changing light of room, not try to be or do anything whatever.”
― May Sarton

May Sarton

“Keep busy with survival. Imitate the trees. Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember nothing stays the same for long, not even pain. Sit it out. Let it all pass. Let it go.”
― May Sarton

In Books

“It had come about ex­act­ly in the way things hap­pened in books.”
― Agatha Christie, And Then There Were None


“Tea! Bless ordinary everyday afternoon tea!”
― Agatha Christie