I thought this book was more about gender and what happens when gender norms are removed. In a way it was. But at its heart it was about how small assumptions and different perspectives due to different backgrounds can color and skew a relationship and people’s lives. It also shows how connects, especially those thatContinue reading

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Yes to Asparagus and Bacon or An Easter Keto Salad I’m one month into eating a Keto diet and things are going well. But I had to get creative for our Easter Potluck at the Ranch. I would not be bringing dessert as usual. So a salad it was! Looking at what was fresh andContinue reading

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The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6′ 4″, African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian A wonderful book every Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left or right-Leaning, white, American should read. Actually it is a book every American should read. Kamel does a great jobContinue reading

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Rainbow of Wine, Shorthand: Venn Diagram of Wine Production White wine is white wine grapes made from the juice. Orange wine is white wine grapes made from the fruit or must. Rose wine (most often) is red wine grapes made from the juice. Red wine is red wine grapes made into wine from the fruit or must.Continue reading

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** spoiler alert ** This is one of the most eye opening books I have read in many years. Manal Al-Sharif is truly a heroine to all women: Muslins, Christians, and all others. While I have read of life under extreme Islamic rule, I have never been able to understand how it could start andContinue reading

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Oprah’s Speech I’m not a big (traditional) TV watcher and don’t have cable. I spend my screen time watching netflix shows and HBO movies, but normal network tv has gone past me. I really only miss a few things: falling asleep in the fall while watching football games, the joy of the Macy’s Thanksgiving DayContinue reading

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Happy New Year! Welcome 2018! We all have high hopes for you, after 2017 was difficult and destabilizing for so many in our country and around the world. For me there are a lot of new things this year: New Year! New House! New Moon! New office (coming soon)! New class (for said work)! AndContinue reading

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Review of Before We Were Yours By Lisa Wingate A beautiful and heart wrenching tale of children who were forced to become orphans and leave their memories of family behind. It is a story that is a horror of our American History, but also one of the power of family and the strength of thatContinue reading

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I’ve been a reader and contributor to Quora for many years now. In general I am reading and responding to posts about wine, tech, startups, business, and at times, etiquette. One question that I answered back in 2013 popped up in my feed last week. In reading my response, I see that it still ringsContinue reading

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ChowChow- One thing to do with All those Green Tomatoes This year my garden thrived in one thing only: Tomatoes. Now, I’m not complaining, the stewed/roasted/pureed/chopped canned tomatoes will come in handy all through the winter. But when it came time to pull out the garden before it goes to the grey/brown mush of winter,Continue reading

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