Opinionated

Here are some of my opinions. If it is a right, you shouldn't need a law to get to have it. Therefore, everyone should be able to vote and be married or any other thing they want as long as it doesn't infringe on the personal space of anyone else. The fact that laws are…

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Home update

I have always hated the brick-look vinyl floor in the kitchen. And the carpet in the living room had been abused by shoes and pets tracking clay in for over a decade. AND mychild had done some damage to the kitchen vinyl when they were in high school. The damage was small and only noticeable…

KonMarie thoughts

First thing, a disclaimer.  I have not read Marie Kondo's book.  My sister, however, loved it. This morning, my friend, Tom, posted a link to an essay about KonMarie tidying and how it affected her when she got to the part of dealing with her 1,127 books.  I suspect that Tom is a little bit…

Re: that fucking wall

Anthony Bourdain wrote: "Americans love Mexican food. We consume nachos, tacos, burritos, tortas, enchiladas, tamales and anything resembling Mexican in enormous quantities. We love Mexican beverages, happily knocking back huge amounts of tequila, mezcal, and Mexican beer every year. We love Mexican people—we sure employ a lot of them. Despite our ridiculously hypocritical attitudes towards…

Save me, Kitty! Save me!

My grandparents' yard was about an acre of a 40 acre property. There was a fence around the other 39 and a neighbor kept cows there. (He paid my grandparents for the use of the property with half a beef every year.) There was a pasture to the right of the house and a wet…

Remembering my grandparents

I remember my grandmother holding me up to see a cat with new kittens in a dead tree stump that must have been 4.5 feet tall. Because of the shape of the house, I had to have been <4 years old. A renovation took out the porch every one else was sitting on. I remember…

We went to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University today. Ostensibly, it was to see this installation, entitled Precarity, by John Akomfrah. But, of course, we saw everything else while we were there, too. It is based on the life of "Charles 'Buddy' Bolden, the first person known to have explored the sonic…

Along the Carroll Park Canal

There is a Linear Park in Frederick, Maryland with a canal running through it.   There is a bridge over it that has been completely transformed by trompe l'oeil  stones, insets and a duck. She was looking for koi and didn't see the duck until we pointed it out to her because it is flat.  She…

Distilleries

Distilleries I have visited in 2017: Fainting Goat Spirits in Greensboro, North Carolina (Lovely herbal gin and very smooth vodka) Broad Branch Distillery in Winston Salem, North Carolina (The blueberry flavor of the Smashing Violet whiskey isn't nearly as strong at the color suggests) 10th Ward Distilling Company in Frederick, Maryland (We brought home lovely…

Portrait of a marriage

This is gorgeous, rich, lovely mousse. It is made from avocados and organic cocoa. You know. Healthy stuff. 🙂 One of us skims from the top, slivers, slices, layer by layer. And the plastic protector is stretched across the top without risking the loss of any of the tasty, tasty treat. The other one eats…