a deliciously diverse playlist

Shortly after I released this post, which included embedded Mp3s of the three songs mentioned, it appears a visitor downloaded them all. I have to admit to ignorance on this front; I think that implies he/she got them for “free,” which wasn’t my intention. I think artists should be paid for their work, so toContinue reading “a deliciously diverse playlist”

i just realized i do have a ranch

Sometime back, I was listening to Monique Marvez, one of my all-time favorite radio/podcast hosts (she’s better known as a comedian, but I found her doing weekends on KFI-AM 640). Monique mentioned she once asked a co-worker about his plans for an upcoming holiday. “I’m heading to the ranch,” he said. He meant it literally.Continue reading “i just realized i do have a ranch”

can’t hurt, might help medicine: the microbiome edition

I’ve mentioned in the past I practice “can’t hurt, might help” medicine. I’m not a big go-to-the-doctor person. I prefer nutritional solutions whenever possible, or at least, as a starting point. Enter the microbiome. I’m not qualified to discuss the biology of it. Let me just say it appears a “healthy gut” is a goodContinue reading “can’t hurt, might help medicine: the microbiome edition”

featured artisan: paris renfroe, prd miniatures

Note: I did not receive compensation from PRD Miniatures for this post. I highlight products that I love and I endorse designers I admire because talent deserves a pedestal, humble as this site’s pedestal may be. Every once in a while, I like to highlight artisans I find as I build my mini homes. ThisContinue reading “featured artisan: paris renfroe, prd miniatures”

you didn’t ask, but here’s my podcast list

This is a photo of me and Sunny taken by the Google Earth folks. A neighbor alerted me to it. Throughout the series, I’m oblivious to the camera–no doubt absorbed in a podcast–but Sunny is looking straight at it. I think we’ve identified the ham in the family. I haven’t had as much time toContinue reading “you didn’t ask, but here’s my podcast list”

on decluttering with joy and regret

It’s New Year’s Day and for most of us that means a fresh start, a new beginning, another chance to get things right. We exercise more, drink less, whatever fits our interpretation of the Big Reset. One common practice in a new calendar year is decluttering. We reassess a lifetime of acquisitions. There’s a lotContinue reading “on decluttering with joy and regret”

editing the christmas newsletter

I sometimes imagine a world in which we all have signs over our heads that expose our darker selves–our character flaws, our idiosyncrasies. Not the really big stuff. Just a few of those rough edges we work hard to hide from friends and families and co-workers and tradespersons and random passers-by. I mean, really, wouldn’tContinue reading “editing the christmas newsletter”