HONY’s Rwanda

I follow Humans of New York for the stories. The photographic medium to tell these stories is so very powerful. Brandon Stanton gives you a deep, layered image of an individual. But the portrait is in the words that accompany them. Rwanda. The stories from his Rwanda series. This one, about the shopkeeper. This one,Continue reading “HONY’s Rwanda”

Simple and decadent weeknight meal

At the risk of sounding overtly dramatic, Marcella Hazan’s tomato sauce is life changing for me. I always knew I could make simple sauces from scratch, and even did so from time to time. But, in my mind, they still took too much brain power and energy for those times I’m just trying to throw aContinue reading “Simple and decadent weeknight meal”

Recently read, watched, listened

I have had The Internet of Garbage by Sarah Jeong, sitting on my Kindle (the link takes you to the published version on theverge.com.) for a few weeks now. This is an important read for anyone (this means you) using the internet. Sarah breaks down harassment and its many forms in a way that is alarmingContinue reading “Recently read, watched, listened”

Yesterday’s Frito pie is today’s chili dog

I was craving Frito pie so, I made Frito pie. Yesterday’s slow-cooker batch of chili turned out pretty good I used beer (Negra Modelo) instead of broth, and kicked up the chili powder mix with some “looser” measurements and spice blending. It ended up with a more layered, deeper flavor (if that makes any sense)Continue reading “Yesterday’s Frito pie is today’s chili dog”

raw is beautiful, and so are mistakes

Florence + the Machine: Tiny Desk Concert at NPR I appreciate the Tiny Desk concerts much like I appreciated MTV’s Unplugged sessions. Listening to artists and musicians, in their “raw” forms, gives me a much greater appreciation for the skill, work, and talent that they put into their craft. Raw is great; we don’t getContinue reading “raw is beautiful, and so are mistakes”

Five things for the week

We finally braved the California DMV* (without an appointment, nonetheless less) to get our California driver’s licenses and license plates. We are now “California official”, or at least, official again. It’s a weird thing to focus on but, I feel more at home knowing my license and car tags say “California” on them again. IContinue reading “Five things for the week”