Aug 31

From Prisons on the Road to Ants Marching….

Traffic congestion has been a concern for decades in many countries. Even with infrastructure improvements made in major cities, highway and road traffic problems are chronic in some major metro areas. In the U.S. New York and Los Angeles are notorious for their traffic headaches. Many of my Chinese students tell me of traffic congestion …

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Aug 24

Garcia

Jerry Garcia, best known for his role as founding member, lead guitar and vocals for the Grateful Dead, was born and died in the month of August. As we close this month out, I wish to dedicate the month of August to the memory of Garcia. Next year, 2015 will be 20 years since his …

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Aug 18

Permaculture

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Permaculture is defined, in short, as a method of landscaping and gardening that is self sustaining, low input / low work — high out put / high return on labor. Follow this link to an interesting and resourceful site on the topic. In my mind, this idea of permaculture is applicable to the small farm …

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Aug 12

Pasta

Spinach Fettuccine with chicken and mushrooms, with a cream sauce.

* Pasta is a generic term for an unleavened dough usually made from durum wheat flour and water, then cut into sheets or any variety of over 300 shapes. In a previous post I shared one of my almost world famous original recipe for a special Lasagna with Pistachios. and this post with a recipe …

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Aug 03

Central Park, New York

A view from the roof of the MET.

When we think of New York City, we conjure images of skyscrapers, bustling crowds, a plethora of art and cultural events, an abundance of restaurants and a melting pot of virtually every ethnicity and nationality from around the globe. Most visitors think of Manhattan when you say NYC, but the city is actually comprised of …

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Jul 29

Diana — goddess of hunting and wild animals.

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The poem, Diana of the Hunt, was written by a somewhat obscure American poet named, Forceythe Willson. Diana of the Hunt By Forceythe Willson All can see, in the shining places, Vestiges of her classic graces; Where her footsteps, fleet and stark, Have beautifully embossed the dark. We know indeed, that the stately and golden …

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Jul 17

Three Sunsets

Three Sunsets by Kevin Neary I snapped the picture as the sun set between the buildings on West 111th Street. The light and shadow were stunning. * The next day I sat for an aeon staring at a sunset on canvas. Expansive, glowing, red-orange through that massive cloud. * That hot and humid evening in …

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Jul 12

Buckminster Fuller — Futurist.

“Thinking is a momentary dismissal of irrelevancies.” * The quote above is from the 1969 book titled, Utopia or Oblivion: The Prospects of Humanity, a book that by early 21st Century standards would likely be rather dull. However there are some little gems of wisdom within. I suspect, even forward thinking members of society, like …

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Jul 06

Whole Hog

The main item at the top is a pulled pork sandwich, next to a BBQed chicken drumstick, a couple of delicious pasta salads, deviled egg in the center, green beans with bacon at 9 o'clock and baked beans at 11.

At my commencement ceremonies from the Culinary Institute of America, in 1980, I had the pleasure of listening to Jaques Pepin address our graduating class. His theme was “cooking with love”. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of enjoying a whole hog roast as I watched two people “cooking with love”. Kim and Rich Green, owners …

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Jul 01

Pork

pan fried pork chops

*** On the small farm hogs are an easy animal to raise as a source of meat. A family of four that grows much of their own food can feed the scraps from kitchen and garden waste to a pair of hogs and within months have a return on that investment that will stock the …

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