Author Archives: howardwthompson

About howardwthompson

I'm a person who likes to travel, read, cook, and eat

Tri-Tip

May 21, 2017 We’ve had a few days of beautiful weather in the Portland (Oregon) region; it’s very welcome after the cold and wet winter and early spring we had. Our local school districts had nine (count them 9!) school … Continue reading

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Trains and Birds at Ridgefield Bird Sancutary

May 20, 2017 It’s been too long since I went out with my camera to capture some photos of the world. If you own a camera but don’t go out to take pictures then you aren’t a photographer, you’re just … Continue reading

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Reading: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance My rating: 4 of 5 stars Subtitle: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis The November 2016 election showed me I’m out of touch … Continue reading

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Reading: Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is a collection of stories of people who knew or lived near Lucy Barton, the protagonist in Strout’s 2016 novel “My Name is Lucy Barton”. I was … Continue reading

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Reading: Michael Bloomfield by Ed Ward

Michael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of an American Guitar Hero by Ed Ward My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is a pretty short and succinct biography of Michael Bloomfield, a 1960s guitar hero I loved then and today. … Continue reading

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Chicken Chili Verde

Last month I tried a Serious Eats recipe for pork chili verde in the pressure cooker. You can read about it here. It was good (and easy) but I wasn’t overwhelmed. I have a long-prep-and-cook version that I preferred. Or … Continue reading

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Reading: All That’s Left to Tell by Daniel Lowe

All That’s Left to Tell by Daniel Lowe My rating: 2 of 5 stars This book just did not do anything for me; the story itself is so simple that I can’t help but give away the basic overlay. The … Continue reading

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