Holiday Cocktails and other Stories

If you have checked out my Podcasts page then you know that I’m a big fan of Gastropod, hosted by Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley.  One of my favorite episodes, The Cocktail Hour, goes into the history and science behind the cocktail or mixology – “the first legitimate American culinary art”. The art of mixology may be the first American endeavor into the world of culinary delights … Continue reading Holiday Cocktails and other Stories

A Thanksgiving Alone

Whether by choice or not, spending the holidays, in particular Thanksgiving, alone is not an uncommon for many Americans. Be it work, a personal tragedy, finances, limited social contacts, or maybe you just can’t stand your uncle’s ill behaved dog- spending Thanksgiving alone can be due to many reasons. While the topic of spending the holidays alone is often avoided and the idea itself is … Continue reading A Thanksgiving Alone

Doggie Etiquette. Pinkies Out

While the exact time period for the domestication of today’s dog is still under contention in the scientific community, there is one thing that is indisputable: Dogs are a Man’s Best Friend. Around 30,000 to 15,000 years ago this intelligent, loyal and spirited animal came to the aid of humanity to work towards a common goal – to survive among nature’s triumphant.  Since the beginning … Continue reading Doggie Etiquette. Pinkies Out

The Splendid Ritual of Bathing

When it comes to bathing, North Americans are woefully behind the rest of the rub a dub dub world.  But according to a 2012 article in Scientific America, the United States has one of the largest water footprints in the world – consuming an incredible 2500-3000 cubic meters/yr/cap! While the United States’s water consumption should be no surprise, the absolutely devastating part of US water … Continue reading The Splendid Ritual of Bathing

Summer of some Content

The canopy was oppressive.  Very little air circulated around the eight year old clear cut, 30 feet from the riparian area.  I pulled the meter tape through the piercing brambles, waded through the thick under story and the flimsy saplings that sagged just overhead.  I could hear Patsy beside me, only a few meters away, trudging through very similar vegetation except she did not struggle as … Continue reading Summer of some Content