The past few days have not involved any hikes in our local national park. Instead, we’ve been focusing on running on the street where we live.

I’ve always hated running. It hurts. It’s hard. It’s sweaty and uncomfortable. But, Geoff and I agree that we want our daughter to participate on the cross-country team this Fall. She needs the exercise and the experience. I don’t want to ask her to do something I wouldn’t do, so….

I’ve started running. And what do you know, I’m beginning to enjoy it. Each time I run our street, I see something new and beautiful, and I find that being outside combined with the challenge of running does wonders for my state of mind.

The street we live on runs along a lake and river. There used to be a mill across the river from us, back when this was a prosperous mill town. That was a long time ago, though, and now it’s just a bigger-small town in Maine. What this means for us is that we live in an area full of gorgeous scenery — most of which is still affordable for the average Joe. A few miles away, things get pretty fancy pretty fast, but where we are, life is still real.

The Movies for Geoff I’m attaching today are ones captured just outside our door or just down the street. They’re pretty low-tech, but still neat.

Acadia with Cerberus

Today was Cerberus’ first trip to Acadia National Park — making it The Best Day Ever in her mind. We walked from Thunder Hole to Otter Point and made friends the whole way there and back, including @thedogist.

It was also my first hike in Acadia – an embarrassing but true fact. I’ve been suffering from “local’s malaise,” that idea that since something is nearby, and I can do it anytime, I don’t need to do it today. Well, today, I woke up and realized the folly of that mindset. I grabbed my coffee and my dog, and bought an annual pass.

Being good locals, we wrapped up the day with a stop at Atlantic Brewing Company. 😉

a walk, the Guggenheim, thoughts, on 15 Sept 2014 (belated post)

This is a walk around town and trip to the museum that I took a few weeks ago. Routine apologies for the amateur camera work – although some of it is the result of dodging the security men in the museum. (They’re really serious about the no camera bit!) As before, I made this little movie to share the day with my husband.

Included are my thoughts on “pop / postmodern art” and it’s, er, import to culture.


Cooking through the Classics: Invitation and Preview

Cooking through the Classics

Cooking through the Classics


Camilla Mann, curator and cook at http://www.culinary-adventures-with-cam.blogspot.com, and I agreed that it would be fun to cook our way through the books we read, using the texts as inspiration in our kitchens and bars.

The format is simple:

Each quarter, we choose one book. We then wander into the kitchen (or the bar) to create something inspired by the reading. Hosting privileges shift quarterly as well, so beginning in January, Camilla will host the next selection. This opener runs from September 1 through the second week of November. (We’re going to cut The Divine Comedy a little short so it doesn’t interfere with the end of the year holidays.)


To kick the club off, we’re reading Dante’s Divine Comedy. Each month, we will read one of the three books, beginning with Inferno. Don’t worry about whether or not you can finish all or any of them. Don’t worry about deep thoughts or critical theory. Enjoy the language and images. Have fun with it. Grab a copy online, from the library, or from a bookstore and join in.

As you read, and as often as you like (but at least once a month), use anything from actual food or drinks mentioned in the work to ideas that come to you based on phrases or images, and head into your kitchen (or bar) to see what happens. Take pictures and tell us about it. If you don’t have your own blog, the host of that novel will be happy to post your experiences for you.

Camilla’s first mention: http://www.culinary-adventures-with-cam.blogspot.com/2014/08/invitation-cooking-from-classics-begins.html

As an example of just how loosely associated your inspiration may be, and to get you in the mood, here’s the opening scene from DmC Devil May Cry:

(don’t open this if your kids are in the room 😉 )

And, the opener to Death Note:

Regarding the clips above, DmC is the property of Ninja Theory and Capcom. Death Note is the property of Viz Media in the US, and was written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata.