Jan 19, 2019

Kitchen Sink Soup

“It can’t be more or less. It’s not like cooking up a kitchen-sink soup.”

Blood Magick


 At home I often make a variation called Kitchen Sink Soup, where everything but the kitchen sink goes into the pot to simmer away. What doesn’t seem like much to begin with can add up to something quite satisfying.


On impulse, she got out a pot. Then minced, chopped, poured, tossed in cubes of herbs
she’d frozen the summer before. With a kettle of soup simmering, she went back up to
finish her orders.
An hour later, she came down to stir, then glanced toward the window as she heard a
car. Surprised, pleased, she hurried to the door to greet Jack.
“Well, hi.”
“I had a meeting, and managed to wrap it up early. I left my jacket here again, so I
thought I’d swing by on my way … You’re cooking?”
“I took a walk, and it started cooling off, which put me in the mood for kitchen sink
soup. There’s plenty, if you’re interested.”

Bed of Roses

Jan 18, 2019

Handbags that fit in the palm of your hand

Maybe Annika didn’t hit Riley’s goal of lightning round, 
but she managed to buy earrings
—two pair—sandals—one with five-inch heels 
she navigated as if born in them—
a tiny purse that would hold little more than air, 
but had a seashell clasp that charmed her.

Bay of Sighs


By Nick Karvounis nickkarvounis - https://unsplash.com/photos/FmD8tIkf8boarchive copy at the 
Wayback Machine (archived on 2 October 2016), CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61780469

To say artist Phillip Nuveen has an eye for detail would be an understatement, as evidenced through his creation of perfect miniatures — exacting replicas of luxury items from high-fashion bags to midcentury modern chairs, all tiny enough to sit in the palm of your hand.

Jan 17, 2019

Holding a grudge can be surprisingly healthy

"Will I have tea?"
She slanted him a look, and a smile. "I suppose."
"There, I told you." He gave her hand a little squeeze. 
"You don't know how to hold a grudge."
"I just need practice," she said and made him laugh.



By Graham Crumb/Imagicity.com, CC BY-SA 3.0, 

Self-reflection is just one of 4 ways it can be good for you.

You hear a lot of talk about how to let go of grudges — how to forgive and forget using a psychological technique or a spiritual process.

And I get it; I've been actively working on letting go of those frustrations in life that are ultimately unimportant or out of my control.

But sometimes holding on is healthy, too.


Sensing movement in the doorway behind her, she stiffened. 
"And unlike some, I keep my promises."
"And hold a grudge with equal fervor," 
Jordan commented.

Key of Light

Jan 16, 2019

Spring Flowers in Winter?

She'd take cuttings and root them, 
force bulbs so that she could have
spring any time of year she liked.

Born in Ice


By https://www.flickr.com/photos/pixel_addict/ - 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pixel_addict/384732136, CC BY 2.0, 

Bring spring indoors early for winter color and fragrance

After all the Christmas decorations are packed away the house looks drab. So instead of letting the winter blues kick in, we make our rooms warm and inviting with flowers. We force the usual amaryllis, paperwhites, and tulip bulbs, but we also force branches into bloom to add even more color and fragrance to our suddenly quiet home. It is very satisfying to sit in our breakfast room early in the morning and observe the daily progress of forsythia buds as they swell and burst open. We cannot think of a more economical way to raise our spirits.


“My mom goes for tulips.
She—what do you call it—
forces the bulbs in little glass jars 
every winter.”

Heaven and Earth

Jan 15, 2019

It's not all hearts and flowers

"I didn't forget you either."
"Didn't you?"
"Nope." He opened a drawer. "I didn't leave it out because I wasn't sure 
what the maid might make of it."
Lana stared as he pulled out a can of Boston baked beans. 
When he dropped it into her hand, grinned at her, her heart not only tripped, 
it fell with a splat.
"That just tears it. I'm done in by a can of beans." 
She pressed it against her heart and began to weep.
"Oh Jesus, Lana, don't cry. It was a joke."



Gaelle Marcel gaellemm [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

Women reveal the seemingly unromantic gestures that REALLY say 'I love you' - from cleaning up sick to practical presents


"Then we will go down and face the chicken together."
"Really? You'd do that?"
"I'll also face the crab dip and the pasta salad with you. Such is the depth of my love, even at six o'clock in the morning."
Spock rose, yawned, stretched. 
"And apparently his. If we poison people, Cilla, we'll do it together."
"I feel better. I know when I'm being a maniac."
She walked to him, leaned down and kissed his sleepy mouth. 
"And I know when I'm lucky to have someone who'll stick with me through it, right down to the crab dip."


Jan 14, 2019

I'm Not Convinced Money Won't Make Me Happy

"Went around with Hennessy's sister Margie for a time, then broke it off when he met Jane
Drake, the one he married. She came from money."
 With a smirk, Charlie rubbed his thumb and fingers together. 
"Old money. Man needs money to buy up land and build houses. She was a looker, too. Snooty with it."
"I remember her. She always looked pissed off. I guess money can't buy happiness if you shop in the wrong places."



By Kenny Louie from Vancouver, Canada - Good health and good fortune, CC BY 2.0, 

I Took A Happiness Course, And I'm Not Convinced Money Won't Make Me Happy

At the same time, researchers also speculate that becoming wealthier makes you more isolated, which can lead to unhappiness. It seems like you can’t win here: Being financially unstable or being rich, either one can lead to discontentment for different reasons.

The Yale class goes over the misconceptions of what we think will make us happy versus what actually will. One of the first misconceptions listed is the topic of money.

Jan 11, 2019

‘I am still alive, I am still curious. I am not a piece of rotting flesh’ ~Agnès Varda

Turning, she studied the woman who sat in a royal-blue tufted chair.
The hair was pure white, but as full and thick as Laurel’s. It surrounded a face layered
and lined with wrinkles and unashamedly rouged. Olivia Armand wasn’t ashamed of
anything. Eyes as sharp and green as the emeralds in her ears studied Laurel in turn.
“Grandma.” With a sigh, Laurel bent to kiss her. “Will you never grow old?”
“Not if I have anything to say about it.” Her voice was raspy with age and stunningly



By Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara - cropped version of 18.03.10 Agnès Varda.
 © Cortesía de FICG 25 / Oscar Delgado, CC BY 2.0, 

The 90-year-old giant of the Nouvelle Vague on her latest film, Faces Places, life with Jacques Demy, and that ‘dirty rat’ Jean-Luc Godard

Agnès Varda is a dizzying blur of dots – polka-dot trousers, polka-dot shirt, polka-dot socks, polka-dot scarf. “I’ve always loved polka dots. Ah, oui. It is a joyful shape, the polka dot. It is alive.” You could say the same of Varda. She is more joyously alive than anybody I have ever met.

Jan 10, 2019

Bring the Spa Home

“It’s good to be home. You know, one of the things I have in those shopping bags
 is this incredible honey almond scrub they use at the spa. 
After dinner, and after I give the dogs some more play and attention, 
we could take a shower. I’ll exfoliate you.”
“Is that code?”
She laughed. “You’ll have to find out.”

The Search


Those minutes spent soaking in a bath or luxuriating under the shower can transform your hair, skin, and mood. Maximize the benefit of every drop.


She began to rub it over his back in slow, steady circles. 
“The texture, the flesh-to-flesh contact, the aroma—all add to the experience. 
Your skin wakes up and feels more—Uh-uh,” she said again, when he reached back. 
“I do the touching till we’re done. Hands on the wall, Doyle.”
“Did you get naked in the shower at the spa for this?”
“No. I’m adjusting it for home use. You smell wonderful already, 
and mmmm, smooth.”

The Search