Sunday, December 7, 2008


i think i need this mandolin:


also, look at this amazing scott french guitar:

Friday, November 28, 2008


cornish game hens stuffed with lemon, sage, butter, and garlic, and more butter and sage stuffed under the skin.

mixed beans sauteed in butter with garlic, lemon, and thyme.

sweet potatoes, roasted with hens, then caramelized in brown sugar, butter and a pinch of garam masala.

sausage stuffing with gianelli luganiga sausage, sourdough from work, celery, onion, garlic, chicken stock, red pepper flakes, and thyme.

pumpkin tart topped with powdered sugar and candied walnuts.

Thursday, November 27, 2008


my partner. my daughter. my family. my skills. my friends...but most of all, i am thankful for how difficult my life has been this past year. thank you pain and joy - for being my teachers.

the guest house

this being human is a guest house.
every morning a new arrival.

a joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

welcome and entertain them all!
even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of it's furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
he may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

the dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

- rumi

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


fresh baked rolls i brought home from work.

thawing the hens so i can stuff them with sage, lemon, garlic and butter.

drying out the sourdough {also baked today at work} to be used in sausage stuffing tomorrow.

Saturday, November 22, 2008


i won't go as far as to say the mad hatter is a style icon - though i am tempted to - but the colors in his ensemble are so rich and inspired. the aqua bow tie is such a fresh touch to the muted palette.

clearly, this movie has occupied my thoughts quite a bit lately. this snippet of a review from peace and loveism sums up my thoughts on the film quite nicely:

The definition given in this film about reality is excellent. Alice, while talking to her cat in her waking reality, says that “Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?” This fundamental principle of reality essentially is saying that All that Is, is simply Nothing that Is not, since all is One, and nothing is not. There is no such thing as duality. Non duality means all reality combined, comprises the Ultimate Reality, and therefore, it is not nonsense to have a world of non-sense.

At another point, Alice makes the statement to one of the anthropomorphic creatures in Wonderland saying that “I can’t explain myself, I’m afraid, Sir, because I’m not myself you see.” Alice says she is not who she is. This can be seen as representing a false sense of one reality being more real than another reality. There is no quantitative measure with respect to how real one reality is over another parallel and seemingly as-real reality. This can also be seen as an ego issue. If Alice had no ego at all, which is what Wonderland can make her realize about her Self, she would understand that there is no “her” and that she just “is”. She has an attachment so some false sense of self in another reality, which she believes is the true reality. However, as Alice ventures through Wonderland, she comes in contact with many other creatures that believe quite the opposite.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


amazing work by nick bertke. download the mp3 for free here.

luna loves alice in wonderland far more than any computer generated animated films coming out these days. i can understand why - this movie is so hypnotic.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


using bread as the timer for my early morning zazen.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Sunday, October 19, 2008




i noticed the house across the street was on fire when i woke up for work on saturday.

the other tenant in my building is a firefighter, so he called his lieutenant.

all 13 people in the building got out completely unscathed.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008



i have recently become obsessed with herkimer diamonds. i love how this one is used in it's organic form, so rough and oversized. sometimes, they have bubbles of water trapped inside and sometimes, one crystal will grow inside of another. there is something so beautiful about that - one growing inside of the other.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008



two hundred and fifty three

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008

Sunday, September 14, 2008



luna and i went for a lovely {hot} walk.

Friday, September 12, 2008


genius sidebar
{click to go to flickr and view larger - or scroll down}

genius playlist, you are a genius.

based on:: you drink a lot of coffee for a teenager : don caballero

001. you drink a lot of coffee for a teenager : don caballero
002. biblical violence : hella
003. almost crimes {radio kills remix} : broken social scene
004. absinthe party at the fly honey warehouse : minus the bear
005. fireworks : animal collective
006. the past is a grotesque animal : of montreal
007. i know you are but what am i? : mogwai
008. parentheses : the blow
009. debaser : pixies
010. gravity rides everything : modest mouse
011. incinerate : sonic youth
012. the w.a.n.d. : the flaming lips
013. we are nowhere and it’s now : bright eyes
014. kids : mgmt
015. the widow : the mars volta
016. details on how to get iceman on your license plate : don caballero
017. dead leaves on the dirty ground : the white stripes
018. cafeteria bananas : hella
019. leyendecker : battles
020. is there a ghost : band of horses
021. on a neck, on a spit : grizzly bear
022. chariot : page france
023. silver rocket : sonic youth
024. drilling : minus the bear
025. suggestion : fugazi


{huygen's probe} : 01.14.05

this is mad old, but is quite possibly the most beautiful video on the internet. i love when science, technology, and information create a powerful aesthetic all on their own.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

okkervil river.

incredible songwriting. {listen here} you don't hear much of that these days.

i'm especially fond of this gorgeous embroidered artwork by william schaff.

Sunday, September 7, 2008


things are new.

new apartment

luna's been taking pictures.

occasionally documenting food here.

new yarn in the shop.

perfect end of summer jam