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

Mushroom Risotto in the Pressure Cooker

We were having company over for dinner last weekend; Carla and I thought, let’s make something easy yet tasty in the pressure cooker. We looked at each other and said “Mushroom Risotto!”  I cooked this and blogged about it in … Continue reading

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Chili Verde for Superbowl

February 4, 2018 I got sick the week before Christmas and have been fighting back for the past 6 or so weeks. As a result the only blog posts I’ve written have been about my reading – which is about … Continue reading

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Reading: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

  Rating ★★★★ Finished: January 27, 2018     As in Little Fires Everywhere the driving event of the novel is on the first page: “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.”[p 1] Lydia is a high school teen … Continue reading

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Reading: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Finished: January 21, 2018 Rating: ★★★★       An intricate story about mother and daughter relationships and the tension between following rules or dreams. As the story opens we see the Richardson’s house is burning down. “Every bedroom was empty … Continue reading

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Reading: The Odyssey translated by Emily Wilson

Rating:★★★★ Finished: January 15, 2018   In early November 2017 I read a New York Times article of a new translation of The Odyssey – the first English translation by a woman.(NY Times “The First Woman to Translate the ‘Odyssey’ … Continue reading

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2017 Reading Summary

January is always a little exciting for me since it gives me a chance to review my year of reading. I set a lot of goals for my 2016 year of reading  – both numbers and types of books too … Continue reading

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Reading: Benediction by Kent Haruf

Benediction by Kent Haruf My rating: 4 of 5 stars Finished: December 23, 2017 In the first page “Dad” Lewis learns his cancer can’t be stopped. We watch him reflect on some key relationships as he fades. Although there is … Continue reading

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