This recipe came from a blog called Seasonal & Savory, which no longer exists--that's why I'm posting the recipe here! There are many recipes for Gallo Pinto online, but none of them seems to be quite like this recipe that my family has been enjoying for years. One thing we like about it is that … Continue reading Gallo Pinto: Red beans & rice with carrots
The same wristwatch has measured all my time as a mother.
Plastic-Free Product Reviews
Peach deodorant. Tom's of Maine deodorant. Blueland foaming hand soap. Blueland dishwasher detergent. Blueland dishwashing powder. Seventh Generation toilet bowl cleaner.
Suburban Nation, Happy City, other book reviews, and owl musings
Oona Out of Order. Dear Ijeawele. The Children of Willesden Lane. The Family Upstairs. Suburban Nation. Happy City.
When Robots Give Medical Advice
Immediate actions in the past 4 weeks may concentrate on energetic women of Denominator. When the fee-differential is excessive, hyperglycaemia and sick-days begin with a human basal insulin.
3 Good Novels
The Last Anniversary. Dominicana. A Student of Weather.
An Earthling’s Guide to Loving Lentils
Lentils are nutritious, versatile, affordable, environmentally friendly, and shelf-stable!
The kid’s book was the best: Book reviews
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. Recipe for a Perfect Wife. Good As Gone. Home from Nowhere.
Lillian, Frankie, and Americans Like Me [book reviews]
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. Harmful to Minors. American Like Me.
What I’m Reading in 2022
Guess what I got for Christmas: MORE BOOKS! Here are reviews of ones I've already read: Class Mom. Let's Pretend This Never Happened. Convenience Store Woman. Runaway Ralph. The Tiger's Apprentice. The Enchanted Castle. A Prayer for the Earth.
What Might Get You Through 2022
Feeling discouraged as 2022 begins with record-breaking viral spread? Me too! But here are some things that have helped me keep my spirits up so far; maybe they'll help you, too.
Protected: Twelve Months in Pittsburgh: 2022 Photo Calendar
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Wearing masks on Christmas? It worked for my grandfather!
Some people in 2020-2021 have been acting like masks to reduce the transmission of germs are some kind of new, unproven idea. They aren’t! My family wore them on Christmas 1986, and we knew why.
Growing Sustainable Together, Ramona’s World, and The Vagina Bible [book reviews]
In the past few months, I've mostly been rereading novels I had read before--most notably, I was already midway through Snow Crash [reviewed here] when Facebook announced its intention to create the Metaverse, so that was chillingly appropriate! Let's hope we don't all catch a brain-stem virus. Anyway, I also read two excellent nonfiction books … Continue reading Growing Sustainable Together, Ramona’s World, and The Vagina Bible [book reviews]
Earth Sightseeing: Pittsburgh’s North Side
If you've been sticking close to some other place on Earth, maybe a little photo journey to the exotic North Side will be just the refreshment you need to feel less trapped!
Quick Lunch from Leftovers: Roasted Tomatoes and Crispy Garlic Kale
Throw together leftovers from different meals to create this quick, vegan lunch in a bowl!
Mysteries, Dogs, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Wes Moore [book reviews]
No Flying in the House. Ribsy. You Learn by Living. The Searcher. The Other Wes Moore. Still Life. Glass Houses.
Great green goods from Grove Collaborative!
Grove Collaborative continues to expand its range of environmentally friendly cleaning products, including some items now available at Target stores. After 20+ years' experience going greener, here are my opinions of some Grove products.
Forgotten Secret Darkest Midnight Book Reviews
The Forgotten Door. Mary Poppins. The Darkest Hour. The Secret Lives of Church Ladies. At Home in Mitford. The Midnight Library. The Glass Castle.
What have kids learned in a year of distance learning?
After our local public school buildings had been closed for more than a year, we opted to keep our kids home for another two months. Why? Will this be a setback in their education?