Author Archives: John

Stigmatizing violence

I forget which of my friends posted this, and Facebook moved too fast for me to think about it and then find it again, but someone said this weekend that we need to stigmatize the glorification, or at least normalization, … Continue reading

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A visit to the Federal Pupfish Penitentiary

a.k.a. Devil’s Hole, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. I visited here on my Thanksgiving weekend trip to Death Valley.

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My little boy turned seven the other day!

He had sisterly help with the celebration, especially the cupcake part.

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Pork Shoulder Roast

To go with my nice vegetarian soup last night, I roasted a piece of pig! I used this recipe… Boneless Pork Shoulder Roast …now saved on my hard drive as “boneless_pork_shoulder_roast.pdf”. It was VERY good, although a bit too pink … Continue reading

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Split Pea and Parsnip Soup, great for a chilly fall evening

This is from my new Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker cookbook (thanks, dear!). Eight hours on low in the slow cooker was not quite enough to soften all the peas. Maybe a bit longer next time? Omitted the Liquid … Continue reading

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Peanut Butter Pumpkin Soup, October 2012

New Basics, p. 95. This soup is fantastic, and has sweet potato purée in it as well. It get a little thick, especially on re-heating. I substituted almond butter for the peanut butter, and it came out wonderfully.

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Poor kid. Five years old and already a monkey on his back.

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The ever-prescient William Gibson predicts Fox News!

William Gibson, known for having fictionally invented the Internet and a lot else that later came to pass, nailed Fox News in Idoru in 1995, one year before FN’s founding. The “audience”: Which is best visualized as a vicious, lazy, … Continue reading

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Whoops! Nothing like a little 8 a.m. panic to start the day.

8:10 a.m., barage of emails, text messages, and phone calls: Hello John M., This is an emergency message for The Claremont Colleges. There is an emergency situation that requires your immediate action to evacuate the campus. Immediately leave the campus … Continue reading

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A live one at the Department of Defense!

Bravo, Colonel Beebe! Op-ed in Friday’s L.A. Times: article Excerpt: “This new century is teaching us that traditional security tools are far from the only weapons we have to confront today’s challenges. Our nation’s efforts to safeguard the environment around … Continue reading

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