Recipe Cornucopia – Part 2!

December 19, 2013

Vitruvian DharmaRemember how I said I’d be posting new recipes every other day?  Bam!  Here it comes.  There’s this thing they call “follow-through” and you’re looking at it!  Seriously, though.  I have more recipes for you.  And, in an added twist, this time I’m going to give you a sense of my usual note-taking process.

Be forewarned, then: these two recipes are messy-looking.  That is, they leave out a lot.  They make assumptions about implicit steps.  They contain untested Read the rest of this entry »

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Back in the States

May 20, 2012

What do you get when you cross an ex-circus performer with the Italian countryside?

I don’t even know where to begin.  I spent the entire month of April backpacking in Europe, and it was a really eye-opening experience.  I learned a lot, and now that I’ve been back in the States for a few weeks, I’m ready to write about what I saw, felt, and did in Europe.  I wanted to give myself and my thoughts a little incubation time, so that I’d write only about the things that really stuck.  That said, here, in no particular order, are the lessons that have really stuck (and will stick) with me from my trip.

1.  The internet has really made the world smaller.  One of my first stops was a fairly small city in Tuscany called Arezzo.  I was lucky enough to be staying with a friend studying physical theatre there, and so I had access to a kitchen, a lovely apartment, and a friendly face to show me around.  Under those circumstances, I really just tried to soak up what it would be like to live in Italy Read the rest of this entry »

The Year in Review: 2011

January 15, 2012

Never waste energy on worries or negative thoughts, all problems are brought into existence: drop them.” —Bruce Lee

“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.” –Dalai Lama

Hello, friends!  2011 was a great year for a lot of reasons (some obvious, some requiring work to find the good), and I’d like to recap with a look back.  I’ve been through a lot of life changes, a lot of growth, and seen some pretty exciting developments.  Some of the year-in-review action will be about personal growth, some about more general cultural items.  I’ll start with the cultural items to save you looking for them if you’re less interested in my personal journey.

Here we go!

Best single/video: Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye.  The song is fantastic, the video beautiful.  I don’t know if anyone has ever written about the part of a breakup where you become strangers again.  Props to Gotye for pioneering new ground in a field overrun with entries.

Best album Read the rest of this entry »