Fiction, Poetry, Reviews

Susan Thurston’s “Sister of Grendel”: a cultural critique of the epic hero

“And I have at last accounted for this last part of my story.” Beowulf’s voice surrounds me, and his image again appears whole before me. Beowulf the warrior reaches out his hand as if to touch me. I extend mine toward him. “Which causes more pain, I wonder. The words unsaid or the words not… Continue reading Susan Thurston’s “Sister of Grendel”: a cultural critique of the epic hero

Memoir, Reviews

Tracy Seeley on choosing to love where we live

“Recovering my fluency in Kansas things, I talked recipes, quilts, and weather with some people, books and poetry with others. I met populists and democrats, poets and farmers, Lutherans and agnostics, and a lot of people who not only loved where they lived but had chosen it.” Tracy Seeley How to be at home “How… Continue reading Tracy Seeley on choosing to love where we live

Poetry, Reviews

New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alice B. Fogel on How to Explore Poetry’s Strange Terrain

"Language as a tool to manipulate both mind and heart...snapshot of the human condition; of our mortality reflected in nature; the staying of time." Alice B. Fogel Why poetry matters "Poetry will bring you significant new interactions with the world around you, with ideas and sensations, with yourself and others," poet Alice B. Fogel wrote… Continue reading New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alice B. Fogel on How to Explore Poetry’s Strange Terrain

Reviews

French Roots, by Jean-Pierre Moullé & Denise Lurton Moullé, inspires gracious hospitality

French Roots: Two cooks, two countries & the beautiful food along the way (list price $35 U.S. / $41.00 CAN) is a book (of cooking essays and recipes) that works like a time-traveling magic carpet to transport me between the San Francisco Bay Area and Bordeaux, sometimes to both places and multiple years at once. The authors… Continue reading French Roots, by Jean-Pierre Moullé & Denise Lurton Moullé, inspires gracious hospitality

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A review of “Meat and Potatoes” by Rahm Fama

Meat and Potatoes: Simple Recipes that Sizzle and Sear, promises to deliver "52 irresistible, simple meals," along with knowledge (about meat and cast-iron cookery) "to help you upgrade your dishes." Each meal plan offers a meat (of course) main dish with 2 complimentary sides--one starch and one veggie. For example: Pastrami Flank Steak, Potato Pancakes… Continue reading A review of “Meat and Potatoes” by Rahm Fama

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If You Want to Succeed in a Restaurant Venture, Follow the Advice in “Restaurant Success By The Numbers”

Level-headed, business-minded entrepreneurs who want to succeed in the restaurant business today, should read Restaurant Success by the Numbers. For more than 20 years I've been married to a (successful but now retired) chef and restaurateur, and I can confidently say that if more owners paid attention to all the important factors in this book, more… Continue reading If You Want to Succeed in a Restaurant Venture, Follow the Advice in “Restaurant Success By The Numbers”