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Traveling, Cooking, Reading, and Trains

Visit Date: November 24, 2018 We’ve had plenty of Portland area winter rain this past week so we had itchy feet to get out and walk a bit. For a change of pace we headed over to the Tualatin Hills Nature Park off Millikan Way west of Murray Blvd in Beaverton.  Carl and I are …

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Cook Date: November 21, 2018 For the first time in years we weren’t hosting Thanksgiving dinner at our house. That gave me time to prepare a nice hearty soup/stew for dinner the night before Thanksgiving. Last weekend we were FaceTiming with our son and grandsons who live in Chicago – Mama was at a rehearsal. …

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I know, I know – it’s almost Thanksgiving; why am I posting about summer grilling? Just because the mood struck me I guess. I made this Serious Eats spice-rubbed grilled skirt steak  recipe at least three times this summer. I just couldn’t get enough of it. And yet I didn’t blog about any one of those …

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Cook date: November 7, 2018 A few weeks ago we belatedly – by four months – celebrated our friends’ birthdays. We had planned to go to Bernie’s Southern Bistro that serves served a great plate of fried chicken. But since we were there last spring it had closed. As a backup we found Ciao Vito …

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A very serendipitous thing happened when I was reading the Joni Mitchell biography Reckless Daughter. About midway through the book there is a discussion of Bob Dylan’s album “Blood on the Tracks”. Dylan said in a 1978 interview “he was inspired to write his much celebrated ‘Tangled Up in Blue’ after spending a weekend listening …

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Title: Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell Author: David YaffeType: BiographyFinished: November 5, 2018Rating: ★★★★           Joni Mitchell. Oh WOW. She’s been one of my favorite singer songwriters for so long. Her string of albums “Blue”, “For The Roses”, and “Court and Spark” are amazing. If you haven’t listened to Jon …

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Visit Dates: November 2-4, 2018 I’m not sure how this blog post will look; I’m using the new WordPress editor. So please bear with me. I grew up in Southern California where you go to the “beach” for a day or weekend. For the past many, many years I’ve lived in Oregon where you go …

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