I Have Herpes

June 18, 2014
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  That red shit outside the boundaries of my lips is a colony of cold sores, which is the name people use in polite company for the herpes simplex virus type I coming out of my nerve endings and eating my face. (That red shit ON my lips is wounds/scabs from dermotillomania. Different post.) So some girl […]

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Review: Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

May 22, 2014
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Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright My rating: 4 of 5 stars The most valuable thing about this book is the care with which it was sourced: the Church of Scientology has no grounds upon which to base a lawsuit against the author or publisher. Given the litigious leanings […]

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Vanilla Custard with Strawberries, Lemon & Lavender

November 27, 2013
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Ingredients – 2 servings Adjust sugar to taste. I cooked this without measuring anything. 4 egg yolks 1 cup whole milk 1/2 vanilla bean juice of 2 lemons dried lavender flowers 1/4 & 1/3 cups sugar 2/3 cup fresh strawberries, sliced Mix 1/4 cup sugar, lavender, and lemon juice in saucepan. Cook over medium heat until […]

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Philosophy of Writing – 21 – The Worst Kind of Feedback

September 16, 2013
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I don’t ask for constructive criticism; I ask for honesty. It’s my prerogative and responsibility to sort the useful feedback from the rest. A bit of advice: if you expect a specific type of return, you’ll be disappointed. But there’s feedback that makes me utterly wretched, you too — when it skips over useful and […]

Lamb and Lentil Vegetable Stew

September 11, 2013
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My friend has been on the cabbage soup diet for a while. I liked the idea of homemade vegetable stew, but am not keen on very low calorie diets, so I made this up. The particular vegetables are what I used, but this is one of those recipes where you add what you have in […]

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Chicken With Vegetables and Wild Rice

July 30, 2013
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  Ingredients 5 chicken drumsticks olive oil coarse salt fresh oregano 3 leeks 5 small or 3 large carrots 2 cloves garlic 5 dried porcini mushrooms large handful french beans, cleaned and trimmed 3 tbsp butter black pepper 1 package mixed wild/brown rice 1/4 cup white cooking wine 3/4 cup mixed mild cheese (any mixture […]

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The Artist’s Mother as a Young Woman

May 12, 2013
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Happy Mothers’ Day (plural for all mothers) to the best friend I’ve ever had.

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