The Re-Re-Re-Re-Reboot

What used to be.

I haven’t blogged here since last October. I’ve learned my lesson…This time. The last redesign took me forever, and I taught myself a lot about how WordPress works (that’s the back end software that drives this site), which was a great thing, and kind of fun. I had a vision for what I wanted my […]

The Occasional Movie Review – The Intern

As I get older, I’m finding that I really appreciate movies that are well thought out, well written, well acted, and put together all of those pieces to feel effortless. By that, I mean that you can sit down and watch a movie and not feel challenged by it, not feel overwhelmed by it, but […]

An Unnatural Excitement

During the bi-weekly Costco hunt-and-gather, I came across that innocuous little plastic clamshell box up there. And giddily, I grabbed it from the refrigerated case it was sitting in, and plunked it down in my cart with the meat and fish I’d grabbed already. Yes, beets. Pre-cooked, vacuum packed, pre-portioned beets. And I typically hate […]

Baseball – The Season So Far…

At the start of every baseball season for God knows how many years, Ernie Harwell, a former announcer for the Detroit Tigers, would read a poem and tell the listeners that hope springs eternal for every team at the start of a new baseball season. Sure, most true baseball fans know that, because we’ve all […]

The Fault In Our Politics

I was reading  piece online that, while intriguing, isn’t worth linking to here, but brought up an interesting point which can be echoed across the political spectrum in this country as we hurtle ceaselessly toward another glorious presidential election next year. The writer’s entire point was that they are totally turned off by politicians they’d […]

The Restaurant Review – Meritage

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again here: we are remarkably lucky to have such a lively, creative, and truly amazing food scene here in the Twin Cities. And part of what makes it so wonderful is that every restaurant seems to try to be in a healthy, friendly competition with some other restaurant […]

The Occasional Movie Review – Valkyrie

It’s a well that Hollywood loves to mine: Nazi Germany during World War II. If anything screams pure evil, it’s Hitler and his army trying to take over Europe and the world. And frankly, it seems like there are still stories to tell from that time, including about the multitude of assassination attempts made on […]

Digesting the First Republican Debate

For those of us who survived last week’s first Republican presidential debate, there’s been a good deal of reflection on our lives, just to figure out where exactly we went wrong in deliberately choosing to waste a couple of hours of our lives on something with no redeeming value. And the best answer I can come […]

The Occasional Recipe Review

I’m starting a new thing up on the blog here: a review of new recipes–or at least recipes that are new to me and my family. Let me explain. You see, I’m easily bored of the same old routine, so I spend some time every week on a few cooking sites clipping recipes with the […]