Who I am…
I am a lawyer, former mother of teenagers, and a quixotic seeker after and champion of factual truth.
I make the best damn brownies you have ever had that are not regulated by the federal government.
I love movies, Broadway, and intelligent conversation.
I think in song lyrics and movie and television quotes.
I believe in the use of proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar even in text messages. I am willing to debate the use of the Oxford comma, if you know what the Oxford comma is. It also makes me very happy if people use the subjunctive mood when appropriate.
I have been told I intimidate people. I am really just a fluffy-centered teddy bear. Really.
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Words to live by ….
“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8.
“Pray for the dead, fight like hell for the living.” Mary Harris (“Mother Jones”).
“Don’t boo. Vote.” Barack Obama.
“Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.” Reinhold Niebuhr.
“No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We’re always one of Us. It’s Them that do the bad things.” Sir Terry Pratchett.
“Damning facts are still facts.” Steven C. Holtzman.
“If you don’t stick to your values when they’re tested, they’re not values — they’re hobbies.” Jon Stewart.
“Darkness never sustains, even though it sometimes seems it will.” Doctor Who.
“Writing is a form of mischief.” Stephen Sondheim.
“An idea is not responsible for the people who believe it.” Don Marquis.
“If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.” Joseph Campbell.
“Truth is our strongest ally, our biggest weapon, and our best defense.” Me.
“Reality has a well-known liberal bias.” Stephen Colbert.
“The opposite of war isn’t peace, it’s creation.” Jonathan Larson.
“We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger.
We rise and fall, and light from dying embers
Remembrances that hope and love last longer.
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love;
Cannot be killed or swept aside.”
“If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.” Emma Goldman.
“No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” Samuel Beckett.
“I believe that the God who made (among other things) light, and space, and number, and time, and the spiral curve of Fibonacci numbers, must be acknowledged to understand more than I do about why there’s pain in the world.” Teresa Neilsen Hayden.
“No, it’s not fair. You’re in the wrong universe for fair.” John Scalzi.
“Liberals got women the right to vote. Liberals got African-Americans the right to vote. Liberals created Social Security and lifted millions of elderly people out of poverty. Liberals ended segregation. Liberals passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act. Liberals created Medicare. Liberals passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act. So when you try to hurl that label at my feet, ‘Liberal,’ as if it were something to be ashamed of, something dirty, something to run away from, it won’t work, because I will pick up that label and I will wear it as a badge of honor.” Lawrence O’Donnell
“So keep fightin’ for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don’t you forget to have fun doin’ it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin’ ass and celebratin’ the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was.” Molly Ivins.
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Category Archives: Food
It’s October! Oh, boy! I generally love October. (This month is a bit of an exception.) I love the weather, especially this year with its mist and rain. I love Halloween decorations. When the kids were young, I loved planning … Continue reading
The best thing since…
On Saturday I baked my third batch of bread. Each batch makes two loaves. Because they have no preservatives if they don’t get eaten quickly they mold, so we gave a loaf to the Red-Headed Menace and his Really Smart … Continue reading
In the last few weeks, in addition to more regular fare (i.e. things we normally make), I have had: Homemade sourdough English muffins Homemade sourdough bread bowls for soup Crepes: savory buckwheat and white bananas foster sweet crepes Homemade white … Continue reading
Pat’s Cranky Corn Chowder.
Okay, ingredients first. The instructions are gonna get rambly. Tough. 4 ears Super Sweet corn, pre-husked so you don’t have to deal with corn silk (or two small bags frozen corn) 3 slices of thick bacon cut into small pieces … Continue reading
Pat’s BETTER Damn Brownies.
An update of Pat’s Best Damn Brownie recipe. Recipe first, comments after. 1 cup Guittard semisweet chocolate pieces 1 cup (1 stick) Crisco butter flavored shortening 2 cups white sugar 4 large eggs 3/4 cup + 2 tbsps good cocoa … Continue reading
Well, there goes that resolution.
It’s that time of the year: when New Year’s resolutions to eat more healthily and maybe lose some weight run smack into Girl Scout cookie season. I had to go to two different Safeways today; I ended up with two … Continue reading
Sometimes you find hope in the oddest places.
I often fight despair about the state of the American public’s critical thinking skills. I worry that, my friends and I aside, the country is sinking into an anti-intellectual abyss. And then, today, I ran across a call to action, … Continue reading
Tinto de Verano: not quite as effective as prescription muscle relaxants for dealing with massive back spasms*, but a great deal tastier. The side effect profile is different, however, and the side effects may last after the efficacy has diminished. … Continue reading
It’s that time again!
Ah, Thanksgiving. That means… cooking. A lot of cooking. I rather enjoy it, provided I am organized (ha!) and spread the work over several days. I’m putting this here because it is easy for me to access regardless whichever computer … Continue reading
Long time readers of this blog may know that, although I consider myself a Floridian, I was born in New Orleans. I love Creole and Cajun food (no, they’re not the same thing), and can get a bit dogmatic about … Continue reading
Chocolate pudding, yum.
I often have a craving for chocolate pudding. I don’t keep boxes of mix on hand, so I make my own. It’s easy: mix cornstarch and cold milk, heat in microwave, stirring every thirty seconds or so, until the mixture … Continue reading
From The Red-Headed Menace: “Tim-Tams are Australian crack cocaine.”* Then there are the Girl Scouts. At least in my area, they always put the Brownies on cookie duty. Brownies are natural salesman; the GS equivalent of kittens, they look at … Continue reading
I really need to pay attention to things when I make stuff up when cooking: the totally kick-ass cranberry sauce I made with star anise, crystallized ginger, and chipotle powder has just been pronounced by the Resident Shrink to be … Continue reading
A couple of culinary observations…
I am rapidly coming around to the Not-So-Little Drummer Boy’s position that there are few foods that are not improved by putting sriracha on them. In this case, cornbread stuffing. I love the heat — and my family rebels against … Continue reading
So, I’m still weak, fatigued and coughing. I did go to Starbucks for a couple of hours today with the kids. We had a far ranging, interesting discussion, as is our wont. Then I came home and slept, and talked … Continue reading