One Way to Dine with Margaret Atwood (with Some Thoughts on Posses)

This is the story of sitting at two tables six months apart. The first was at my coffeehouse last October, where my friend Wendy and I decided to do something for readers and writers. The second was at a restaurant in April, where our board dined with Margaret Atwood at the end of a successful Book and Author Festival that drew thousands to Downtown Green Bay. It's lovely doing personal projects on your own, or working with your spouse, friend, child, mentor, or former grade school teacher. But at some point, you just might need a posse to take on bigger ideas. If you want to change your community, you can't do it alone.

Etude (Spice Rack): Lawry’s Seasoning Salt, Amber Memories of Los Angeles

There are two things about me that might come up in conversation if we talk freely at length. Actually, there are many, many things that might come up if you let me talk, these are just two. The first is that I have a terrible memory of my own past. People tell me stories about myself … Continue reading Etude (Spice Rack): Lawry’s Seasoning Salt, Amber Memories of Los Angeles

Pick a Process, Doesn’t Matter Which, It’s a Metaphor: (How to Make Fresh Pasta)

There are many ways to screw up your noodles. My first dozen attempts were unsuccessful for the simple reason that I refused to believe that the recipe really meant that should I knead the dough for ten minutes. I didn't respect the process. Turns out that I'm bound by the rules of food science and … Continue reading Pick a Process, Doesn’t Matter Which, It’s a Metaphor: (How to Make Fresh Pasta)