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Deconstructing Beauty

Deconstructing Beauty

I’ve begun to understand that observing the world’s beauty is my most favorite therapy.  And if you look for it, you’ll find it most everywhere. From delicate macaron feet peeking out from a soft pastel shell to the browned crisped dough of a pastry that […]

September: Thumbs Down

September: Thumbs Down

Sorry blog. The new school year is kicking my arse. Be back soon! For your viewing pleasure, this fantastic cinematic music montage. Sure, it’s cheesepuff but few montages accomplish more plot development. The innocent Jennifer Grey is sexualized (very necessary to the plot) and her […]

The Things About Brooklyn.

The Things About Brooklyn.

Above: What’s left of Stephen Powers’ Brooklyn mural.  I kind of love him.  He is so damn clever.  But cleverness does weird stuff to men’s hair. The vegan chocolate donut at Doughnut Plant. I appreciated it, like someone holding the door a few seconds longer than […]

3 Brothers Again: Italian Vegan on Long Island

3 Brothers Again: Italian Vegan on Long Island

I have been blogging about 3 Brothers for many years now… since the unstyled and less fabulous Jay Astafa first created the vegan menu for their original Rockville Centre location in 2009. And since then, I’ve tried most of his casual food endeavors… his dinner […]

Unlabor Days are Over: Last Cabana Days

Unlabor Days are Over: Last Cabana Days

So what if it was cold and overcast? The last weekend before the new school year is time to hit the cabana and hold on tight.  That means eats, too.  Cous cous salad with kale, basil and tomatoes from the garden. The last of the […]

The Eagle’s Nest on The Gold Coast

The Eagle’s Nest on The Gold Coast

I was so excited to see the long-abandoned saltwater pool of old money millionaire William Vanderbilt, located on the grounds of The Vanderbilt Museum, Mansion & Planetarium in Centerport, Long Island. The 70,000 gallon pool used the water from the Long Island Sound and was the […]

I Tiramisu

I Tiramisu

Tiramisu translates to “pick me up” in Italian. That’s adorable. Beside that, it’s such a lovely dessert.  It is worth making just to sit a slice on a pretty plate and take a picture of.  After seeing Seitan is My Motor‘s recipe, I was inspired […]

It’ll be so long until it’s soon; it’ll be so long until it’s June.

It’ll be so long until it’s soon; it’ll be so long until it’s June.

There are signs of the end of the summer season that teachers are highly attune to.  They’re small things that collectively gain power in quantity.  Cicadas, REI’s Labor Day sale, football teasers, Halloween candy, a bunch of meaningless games for The Mets because they didn’t […]

Through Pennsylvania

Through Pennsylvania

I’ve likely been through Pennsylvania’s interstates the most frequently of all the states. But today I planned some stops to break up an otherwise long, boring drive into chunks. Starting from Pittsburgh in Western PA, I first headed to Shanksville, the crash site of the […]

Neon & Steel [And Some Food]

Neon & Steel [And Some Food]

I woke up in Cincinnati, Ohio and went to bed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This means that, likely, I will spend tomorrow evening in my own bed. New York. Though I am squeezing in brief stops as I pass through, this excursion is winding down. But […]

Reading the American Landscape [Kentucky]

Reading the American Landscape [Kentucky]

Wigwam Village No. 2 in Cave City, Kentucky, a themed motel of Route 66, is still operational.   The abandoned Haunted Hotel attraction also in Cave City. It is open to explore, but an adorable grey tabby kitten was guarding the door.  Overgrowth A sinister […]

The Great American Eclipse is here!

The Great American Eclipse is here!

I spent my day in Gallatin, Tennessee in the line of totality during the Great American Eclipse.  Since I traveled far and prepared a lot, I thought it best to get there at 2:45 a.m., joined only by singing crickets and several other eclipse chasers […]

Greetings From Nashville, Tennessee

Greetings From Nashville, Tennessee

I arrived in Nashville in the early a.m.  One, because of entering the Central Time zone and two, more so, because I left Sweetwater, TN at the crack of dawn. I just didn’t know what to expect as far as traffic. But it was smooth […]

When in Rome, do as the Romans.  So when in Nashville…

When in Rome, do as the Romans. So when in Nashville…

Cowboy boot outfitters are all over the place in Nashville–every style, color, bedazzled, and traditional. But, dear readers, would Nashville have vegan cowboy boots? (…suspenseful music…) As I perused the rainbow of boots, mostly to temporarily bask in the air conditioning and escape the sweltering […]

Oh, Beautiful

Oh, Beautiful

Another day in one of our nation’s national parks, my #21, Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. This park, like Shenandoah, feels more like home. Though spectacular they are, the geology of the western parks in their different biomes can be almost otherworldly. There […]

Daisy Town, Abandoned Resort Enclave in the Smoky Mountains

Daisy Town, Abandoned Resort Enclave in the Smoky Mountains

A National Park with the opportunity for exploration of long-abandoned dilapidated cabins? That is double the pleasure for me!  Daisy Town was a resort enclave established in the early 20th century by pioneer Appalachians. The old cottages are easily accessible in the Elkmont region of Great […]

Light & Dark

Light & Dark

It’s morning in Shenandoah, and the sun overcomes its obstacles. As usual. How perfect is a morning? Fresh and potent with opportunity and intention. Never you mind what becomes of it; that’s the evening’s problem to solve. The clouds veil the light, hiding the blue, […]

In the Blue [Shenandoah National Park]

In the Blue [Shenandoah National Park]

Spoilet alert: By the end of this blog post, by the end of my day, I end up… in a cabin in the woods in the mountains within rumbling thunder, the lucky pile of wood between two very vocal mocking birds going on and on […]

The Great American Eclipse Preparation, Part 3: What to Pack

The Great American Eclipse Preparation, Part 3: What to Pack

Water/water thermos Mini cooler to keep your water cold Coffee thermos Sunscreen Sunglasses for sit/wait time Brimmed hat Bug spray Blanket Snacks Roll of toilet paper Cell phone & charger, though cell service will likely be jammed up Plastic champagne flute Solar glasses White towels […]

The Great American Eclipse Preparation, Part 2: We are the Dreamers of Dreams

The Great American Eclipse Preparation, Part 2: We are the Dreamers of Dreams

First: you know how you hear stories of people who try frying turkeys during Thanksgiving and cause an explosion? Or Meth producers who blow up their homes?  Like that, you risk catastrophic consequences if you go staring at the sun willy-nilly without protection–or looking through […]

What’s the Story, Morning Glory? (Summer photo purge)

What’s the Story, Morning Glory? (Summer photo purge)

How gorgeous is this blue Morning Glory? It looks as if stroked by a partially dry paintbrush. This bloom mysteriously disappeared shortly after I took this picture. I wonder if blue plants are sought-after vittles for critters since they are so rare?   Hibiscus time. […]

<i>Fatta In Casa</i>–Italian From Scratch

Fatta In Casa–Italian From Scratch

This little Italian girl always loved lasagna. Even though lasagna uses the same basic ingredients as other Italian dishes (noodle, sauce, cheeses), it’s the structure of lasagna I love.  It is organized.  And I am a big fan of things being organized.  I always was. […]

Off the Beaten Path: Photographic Missions (Queens)

Off the Beaten Path: Photographic Missions (Queens)

Like many neighborhoods along the L-train, Ridgewood, Queens, which sits next to Brooklyn’s Bushwick and East Williamsburg, is pretty hipster-invaded. There’s nothing that a natural born weirdo dislikes more than someone who is simply in a weirdo costume.  Eh.  If you still have your appetite, […]

The Great American Eclipse Preparation, Part 1: Making a Solar Filter for Camera

The Great American Eclipse Preparation, Part 1: Making a Solar Filter for Camera

I made my first reservation related to Great American Eclipse travel in September 2016 …like a big nerd.  Now that it is almost here, along with growing media coverage including its own section in the New York Times last Sunday, I have to make sure my […]