Monthly Archives: June 2010

Charitable Guilt

We are in a charitable crisis.  We are in charity overload. Charity overload is everywhere.  When I check out at the supermarket, I am asked on the pay screen (and by the check-out person as well) whether I want to donate … Continue reading

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Spells and Spoils

Some folks pray before they go to bed each night.  At our house we perform periodic spells.  A spell begins with “Abracadabra, abrakazam” and ends with “Amen.”  It is NOT a prayer.  It is a strident request to all worldly … Continue reading

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Target

I love Target.  They have done the most wonderful job marketing and branding themselves.  It is the first retail establishment that carries “inexpensive” i.e., low-end merchandise that appeals to customers who usually shop at expensive or mid-priced retailers.  How does Target … Continue reading

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Laurie Colwin

I am writing to honor Laurie Colwin, a woman I never met but who had a profound influence over my culinary forays.  Laurie Colwin was born on June 14, 1944 and died in her sleep on October 24, 1992 at … Continue reading

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Chillin’ Out

What is the opposite of summertime heat?  I’ll tell you.  The opposite of summertime heat is cranked-up air conditioning.  Why do office buildings feel that they have to use every technology available to lower our body temperatures to the extreme?  … Continue reading

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Wuthering Heights

No, I’m not going to discuss a novel by Emily Bronte.  I’m going to discuss celebrity stature.  Sly Stallone is listed in this month’s Cigar Afficianado magazine as 5′ 10″.   On IMDB (Internet Movie Data Base) he is listed as … Continue reading

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The Beach – Two Ways

There are two ways to enjoy the beach – the first is to actually go to the beach.  The second is to indulge in Bobbi Brown’s “Beach” fragrance.  Let’s talk about the fragrance first.  What is the one manufactured smell that … Continue reading

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