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Notre Dame is Not Gone, Just in a Different Form

Notre Dame is Not Gone, Just in a Different Form

I wrote the haiku below a couple of years ago, after visiting Notre Dame on a business trip just a few weeks after my Dad died. Like so many people all around the world, I’m heartbroken about today’s fire that so badly damaged this beloved […]

For Your Listening Pleasure: A Conversation About Jazz Composition

For Your Listening Pleasure: A Conversation About Jazz Composition

UT Jazz Composers: Round Table Discussion

For Dad…National Poetry Month

For Dad…National Poetry Month

I’m not on the recommended pace to write a poem each day this month to participate in National Poetry Month, but this one happened in about 30 seconds. There will never be another muse like my Dad. He was a remarkable, wonderful, loving, accepting, listening […]

Date Night: Learning to Make Sushi

Date Night: Learning to Make Sushi

The Grill-Meister and I had a rockin’ good time learning to make sushi at a date-night cooking class.

Meta-Jambalaya, Over-Garnished?

Meta-Jambalaya, Over-Garnished?

If jambalaya is shrimp, sausage, rice and goodies, and you already have it, why not amp it up by adding more sausage and more shrimp? It would be like meta-jambalaya!

Orange Blossom Haiku

Orange Blossom Haiku

The orange tree reminds us that spring is here, even though it is cold and wet.

Time Travel in the Produce Section (a poem)

Time Travel in the Produce Section (a poem)

A vignette in the produce section inspired a poem about dads and daughters.

Help Make a Culinary Dream Come True for a Worthy Teen

Help Make a Culinary Dream Come True for a Worthy Teen

My cousin’s kid is a baker with big dreams about the Culinary Institute’s summer camp and a future bakery.

For Your Listening Pleasure, a Jazzy Arrangement of ‘Baby I’

For Your Listening Pleasure, a Jazzy Arrangement of ‘Baby I’

A live big band recording of a jazz take on a pop song – it works! The University of Texas Jazz Orchestra hits a home run with “Baby I”.

Early Morning in ATX During SXSW

Early Morning in ATX During SXSW

An early morning foray into the empty streets of the city as it prepared for another day of a vibrant festival.

Monteith’s Close in Edinburgh Feels Like Home – and Then There’s the Outsider Cocktail

Monteith’s Close in Edinburgh Feels Like Home – and Then There’s the Outsider Cocktail

Monteith’s Close on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile really knows how to make you feel like they are glad you’re there. And they have an award-winning bartender who created The Outsider Cocktail.

When it seems like one thing, but it’s actually something else

When it seems like one thing, but it’s actually something else

I thought this picture was about the birds, until I saw the sky.

Technicolor in California

Technicolor in California

Everything was eye candy on the Santa Monica Pier.

Score! Creamy, Crunchy, Spicy, Sweet Bacon-Broccoli Salad Snares a Broccoli-Hater

Score! Creamy, Crunchy, Spicy, Sweet Bacon-Broccoli Salad Snares a Broccoli-Hater

Even a broccoli-hater will eat this salad. Guaranteed. (Hint: it’s the bacon!)

When Food is Art: Exquisite Presentation at Châteauform’s Les prés d’Ecoublay

When Food is Art: Exquisite Presentation at Châteauform’s Les prés d’Ecoublay

Food is art! These beautifully arranged culinary exhibits at a workshop in Paris made me feel satisfied before I even took the first bite.

Seeing Angles Leading Me Home

Seeing Angles Leading Me Home

A deepening interest in photography and following certain blogs has me seeing things differently these days.


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