Stewing over my cooking challenge

Let’s just get it out there right away: I’ve never cooked a stew before. Not in all the years I’ve been cooking. Not even during my cooking challenge. Clearly, I needed to stop stewing over my cooking challenge and just make the darn thing. Woe is me Incredibly, like last month’s recipe, I was hit… Read more »

Chop off the old block

It takes my 2019 Cooking Challenge to pull me back to the JMD blog after a month-long battle with bronchitis and ensuing ennui. But! Here I am, to regale you with my second dish of the year, in a post properly entitled Chop off the old block. Blame it on Dad My Dad and I… Read more »

A brisk start to this year’s cooking challenge

Okay! Appetite – check. List of foods I like that I’ve never cooked – check. Must be time for the 2019 Cooking Challenge. No sense in waiting any longer, either to cook or to post. Nothing like a brisk start to this year’s cooking challenge. All the things on my to-do list As I mentioned… Read more »

Leading from behind

Being out of a job sucks. Working a job without pay probably sucks worse. For nearly a million government employees, today marks another reminder that Washington “leaders” are only leading from behind. Real people, not talking points There is no magic pixie dust that suffuses a person when they take a government job. They have… Read more »

There’s not enough space on my keyboard

Things fall apart; the center cannot hold…Yes, I’m going to use a line from the brilliant Yeats poem to lead off my mundane post. Sad, but true, as Yeats is dead and unable to complain were he to even know of my blog. A blog that is struggling, anyway, to deal with the fact that there’s not enough space on my… Read more »

What’s cooking in 2019

As promised, I just finished with edible brainstorming. Despite what it reads like, that does not mean I participated in a zombie apocalypse. It refers to my establishing some choices for the next Cooking Challenge. So now, here’s my list of what’s cooking in 2019. Bringing home the basics For the most part, my eating… Read more »

you've got no mail

You’ve got no mail

When the calendar changed recently, I didn’t change with it. I mean, I should have, but I resisted. Finally, ol’ Father Time clocked me with his hourglass. Because he sent me a clear and unequivocal message: You’ve got no mail. Setting some base parameters Okay, first, let’s get the specs out of the way: I’m… Read more »

Old years’ resolutions

When people wish me a happy new year, I cheerfully and sincerely return the wishes. May we all have happy and healthy years ahead. But when they ask me about my new year’s resolutions, I twist up my face and ask them why would I do any better at achieving goals set on January 1st… Read more »

The Dems made my team miss the playoffs

Like most people, my life is pretty ordinary. Some good moments, some bad. A few smart decisions, a few too many not so smart. But, even before I became an adult, I was taught about responsibility (as in, my own). So, I would never even think to say something like, “the dems made my team… Read more »

The climate changes faster than politics

The old saying goes, “the more things change, the more things stay the same”. This is often less true than it seems. But, in this particular case, it is sadly the rule. The climate changes faster than politics. Yes, Virginia, there is climate change There are some strange faddish “beliefs” out there (or perhaps they… Read more »