Archive for May, 2013


5.31.13 … “Beet Me in St. Louis” … Beets At The Root Of This Honey And Tarragon Cocktail … It just kind of coats your entire mouth with happiness and all the way down.

The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity Based on the Wisdom of America’s Most Imaginative Chefs,  “Beet Me in St. Louis”:  Anyone heard of The Flavor Bible? I mentioned the Flavor Bible the other day … this is where I heard it mentioned.  Because of my husband I have a special fondness for anything beet!



The "Beet Me in St. Louis" cocktail uses two infusions: €” beet-infused gin and tarragon-infused honey.

One of his favorite inventions is a unique beet-

infused gin cocktail he calls the “Beet Me in St. Louis.” He created it for his fiance on her first Mother’s Day and says he drew inspiration from their relationship. Early on, the two had bonded over a shared love of Beefeater martinis and beets.

“I really wanted to encompass our relationship in a glass,” he says.

To make the infused gin, Phillips skinned and chopped fresh red beets and put them in a jar with the gin for three days. “Then I had this beautiful beet gin and no idea really what to do with it,” he says. So he turned to The Flavor Bible.

“[It’s] essentially a cookbook that lists all of the flavor pairings of different ingredients and how they go together,” he says.

While paging through the book, Phillips discovered that beets go well with honey, ginger, lemon juice and tarragon, so he set to work on a cocktail that used those flavors. He says he perfected it on the first try.

“I went home that night and I made it for my fiance,” he says. “She loved it. … It just kind of coats your entire mouth with happiness and all the way down. It’s just beautiful.”

via Beets At The Root Of This Honey And Tarragon Cocktail : NPR.

The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America’s Most Imaginative Chefs (Hardcover)

Andrew Dornenburg

via The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America’s Most Imaginative Chefs:Amazon:Books.


5.31.13 … Marcellus Hall’s ‘Urban Cycles’: “I’ve only been ‘doored’ twice” …

Marcellus Hall’s ‘Urban Cycles’, The New Yorker, Citi Bikes:  “I’ve only been ‘doored’ twice” … wow, I’ve never been “doored.”


“I’ve only been ‘doored’ twice,” says Marcellus Hall, the artist who penned this week’s cover, “Urban Cycles.” Hall goes on to explain how he’s managed to survive for fifteen years as a cyclist in the city: “I’m very careful. I look into the side mirrors of the parked cars to see if there’s movement inside. I ride only on the left side of the street because there’s less of chance of a passenger getting out than of a driver. Actually, I read it in some cyclist publication that, as a cyclist, you’re allowed to take up a whole lane and sometimes, I even do that—though it’s a risky proposition. I’m not one of those hard-core bike freaks; it’s just a good way for me to get around in the city.”

via Cover Story: Marcellus Hall’s ‘Urban Cycles’ : The New Yorker.



5.31.13 … just thought this interesting … a little Buckhead trivia … So according to this Brookwood Hills is in Buckhead …

Buckhead, Brookwood Hills, Atlanta GA, beg to differ:  So according to this Brookwood Hills is in Buckhead.  I  beg to differ.

The official boundaries of the Buckhead Community (adopted in 1982 by the Buckhead Business Association, in 1988 by the Buckhead Coalition, in 1990 by the Georgia House of Representatives, and in 1991 by the Atlanta Regional Commission) include that portion of north Atlanta bounded by the city limits/DeKalb County line on the east; the city limits line on the north; the city limits/Cobb County line on the west, and Peachtree Creek from the Chattahoochee River to Interstate 75, Interstate 75 to Interstate 85, and Interstate 85 to DeKalb County on the south.

via History – buckheadis.


5.31.13 … RIP, “Smash” …

“Smash” Finale, Review, RIP, Variety: I anticipated “Smash,” was disappointed by “Smash,” then fell for “Smash.”  I personally think it deserves another season … obviously the powers that be and Variety disagree.

During the finale, Messing’s character huffs at one point that the press “will twist anything for a story.”

Perhaps so. But in the case of “Smash,” the media vultures didn’t really need to bother. The show failed. But that’s not a referendum on musicals, or serialized dramas, or shows with too many gay characters, or networks trying to do something a little bit different or outside their comfort zones.

It’s simply a referendum on “Smash.”

via “Smash” Finale Review | Variety.


5.31.13 … speechless: 8 arrested after brawl at kindergarten graduation – U.S. News

Seven adults and one teenager were arrested for aggravated rioting and prosecutors will decide whether to charge them, he said. No one was seriously injured, but there were a number of scrapes and bruises from the fisticuffs.

via 8 arrested after brawl at kindergarten graduation – U.S. News.


5.31.13 … Mamma Mia! Just love it when I learn something from my kids … thank you, ET, for teaching me about jukebox musicals!

jukebox musicals, kith/kin: ET introduced me to the concept of jukebox musicals.  I love learning something new!  Mama, Mia!

There was a time when most of the songs played on the radio came from Broadway. Now some popular hit makers like Cyndi Lauper and Sting are finding it still feels like home.

“Look, they don’t break your balls that much here,” Lauper said of the experience of composing “Kinky Boots,” her debut musical. “Know what I’m saying? They don’t friggin’ aggravate you as much.”

Of course, taking already existing hits and throwing them onstage — the so-called jukebox musical — is easier than writing new material and hoping fans will come.

Successful jukebox shows include “The Who’s Tommy,” Green Day’s “American Idiot,” the ABBA-fueled “Mamma Mia!” Billy Joel’s “Movin’ Out” and “Jersey Boys” with tunes by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The Tony-winning “Once” used existing music by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.

More jukeboxes are on tap for Broadway, including a musical using hits by Diane Warren and one with Carole King songs. There’s even a show with songs by The Flaming Lips planned for this winter at the La Jolla Playhouse in Southern California.

via Pop songwriters find excitement in stage musicals » Redding Record Searchlight.


5.31.13 … Oh, my!

Citi Bike, theft,  Oh, my!

The bike-share program rode into trouble last night before it was even launched — when someone stole one of the bikes as it was being delivered to a Manhattan rack, police said.

The pedal pilferer snatched the blue Citi Bike at around 6 p.m. in Kips Bay, and was able to ride off before workers noticed.

The crew had been busy placing a load of the $825 rental bicycles into a rack at Second Avenue and 25th Street, and had not yet locked them in place when the thief struck.

Workers realized a bike was swiped only when a passer-by shouted out.

via Well, that was fast! First Citi Bike cycle stolen –

The Thorncrown Chapel, Rural Arkansas, Colossal, kith/kin:  Jack: “I know how much you like chapels. I thought this one was pretty awesome.”  I also love it that Jack sent this to me.  🙂

The Thorncrown Chapel, an Idyllic Glass Chapel in Rural Arkansas is Under Threat environment churches Arkansas architecture

The Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas is considered one of the crowning examples of organic architecture, a philosophy credited to Frank Lloyd Wright that promotes a harmony between the natural world and human habitation. The non-denominational chapel was designed in 1980 by an apprentice of Wright’s, architect E. Fay Jones, who employed the use of steel and glass to create a weightless, almost translucent structure that offers sweeping views in all directions of the surrounding Ozark habitat. In keeping with the organic design of the chapel Fay asked that no construction element be larger than what two people could carry through the woods by hand.

Recently a power company has applied to build a 48-mile high voltage transmission line through Northwest Arkansas that will cut through the woods right next to the chapel, shattering the views and serenity offered by the extremely unique building that was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. For those interested, the Arkansas Public Service Commission is accepting comments from the public regarding the proposed power line construction. You can also read much more over on Hyperallergic.

via The Thorncrown Chapel, an Idyllic Glass Chapel in Rural Arkansas is Under Threat | Colossal.

Rev. James Howell, Sabbatical Musings #2, I “miss” you:  Love, James’ musings!

What does it mean to “miss” someone?  You are somewhere, in some situation, and the living, vital presence of someone – who may even have died twenty years ago! – lingers, because the moment reminds you of that loved one, because you know he would dig this moment, because you know she of all people would grasp the grandeur of the moment.  And that bond enlivens you, and yet grieves you at the same time.  Could God rework the universe so those I love might be hovering about on standby, reading to stand with me here, or there, or at a castle on Inveraray, or in a stone church on Iona, and relish the moment with me?

Years ago I found myself in Paris, alone.  I saw the grand buildings, the beautiful landscape, the stunning stained glass and architectural wonders – and was miserable.  Every scene was one I wanted to share with Lisa, or a friend whom I know is keen on architecture, or Chopin, or pate.  God declared this at creation:  “It is not good for man to be alone.”  I know it is not good for me to be alone, or at least I am dead certain I do not wish to experience this world alone.

via Rev. James Howell: Sabbatical Musings #2 – I “miss” you.


5.31.13 … ok, i have no desire to model the “Jeannie” costume, but I sure would love to be able to wear it at 78 … or even 53. :)

Barbara Eden,  ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ Costume, ABC News Blogs – Yahoo!:  You go, girl!

With her trademark head nod and wink, “I Dream of Jeannie” star Barbara Eden was back in business.

The 78-year-old star of the 1960s sitcom rocked her character’s iconic pink crop top, harem pants and braided up-do, to the delight of attendees at the Life Ball in Vienna.

Eden, who packed up her “Jeannie” costume in 1970 after the show ended a five-season run, showed off her toned midriff as she appeared onstage next to President Bill Clinton and mingled with other celebrities, including Sir Elton John, Olympic diver Greg Louganis and Fergie.

via Barbara Eden, 78, Rocks ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ Costume | ABC News Blogs – Yahoo!.



5.28.13 … walk with me …

I had the great pleasure of leading an FPC Charlotte group on a labyrinth walk and teaching them about such walks.  In connection with my guiding them, I drafted “My History,”  and here it is …

My History

From Barbara Brown Taylor’s  The Alter to the World and leading into her section on labyrinths is this: “When  someone asks us where we want to be in our lives, the last thing that occurs to us is to look down at our feet and say, “Here, I guess, since this is where I am.”

To be able to answer that question with that answer is what the labyrinth does for me.

Approximately three years ago a long time friend Mary  asked me to walk a labyrinth with her, this labyrinth here at Avondale. It had an immediate effect on me, and I began to research and walk other labyrinths locally. Within six months, I would describe myself as a “hooked” and possibly an addict.  During July 2011, I even dragged my family on a three-hour detour across France to see Chartres‘ labyrinth.

The following spring and approximately a year later, in a continuing effort to find peace and add meaning to my life, I walked a canvas labyrinth, one which is only set up on holy days etc. This labyrinth is at Myers Park Methodist Church. After walking it, I went to my friend Mary’s Ash Wednesday Service,  and she asked the worshippers not to give up something, but to take up a practice. I signed a purple card and put it in the collection plate.  My card stated that I would attempt to walk a labyrinth daily during Lent. That  was Ash Wednesday,  the first day of Lent 2012.

And I did, I walked almost every day. And absolutely found it refreshing, relaxing, focusing and well worth my time.

During my 2012 Lenten Walks I found a flyer here at Avondale, announcing a 2-day presentation by Lauren Artress : “The Healing Labyrinth: Addressing the Spiritual Hunger of Our Time” Lecture & Book Signing and “Nourishing our Spiritual Lives” Labyrinth Workshop.  I signed up.  These lectures gave me the opportunity to put my thoughts into words and universalize my year-long experiences.  Reading Lauren Artress’ Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool  and hearing her speak and experiencing her with others, including my sister and someone I now consider my labyrinth friend, was worth every minute of my time and money.  I would attend again n a heartbeat.

After Lent and the Artress weekend, I quickly realized that I missed my walks, and so I continued to walk.

I probably walk a labyrinth every week to 10 days. I have found that when I travel, I seek them out.   I have walked labyrinths in Miami FL, Atlanta GA, the Berkshires MA, Washington DC, Boston MA, Louisville KY and Boulder CO.

When I came to Lent this year, I made the same decision: I would walk labyrinths daily, if possible.  I came away with the same conclusion …my 2013 Lenten Walks, like my 2012 Lenten Walks, were worth every minute of my time and grounded me spiritually.

I continue to walk every week to 10 days.  I also walk when I am troubled or anxious or happy or joyful.  It takes me 20 minutes, and I almost always come away resolved.  As St Augustine says, “solvitur ambulando: it is solved by walking.

Here are a few pics …

IMG_7211 IMG_7210

IMG_7212 IMG_7216 IMG_7214

IMG_7220 IMG_7219

IMG_7218 IMG_7217

IMG_7215 IMG_7213


5.30.13 … Should i look for a four leaf clover?

Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, Avondale Presbyterian Church:

It is very warm and I am sitting in the middle of the labyrinth preparing myself for my walk. I am sitting here because all the benches are in the shade and is remarkably cooler on the benches. I have never sat in the center of this labyrinth. I see clovers in the labyrinth and laugh, wondering if I should look for a four leaf clover.

The chimes are ringing which has become the welcoming call for this labyrinth.

I have discovered that each labyrinth is a unique sacred space. I seek each depending often on my needs as well as on my whereabouts.

In the information that is provided at the labyrinth is this Celtic prayer:

God ahead, God behind
God be on the path I wind.
God above, God below
God be everywhere I go.

I also find this prayer …

Lord, hear my prayer. I am looking for peace, peace only You can help me to find. I lay down all my distractions at this moment in order to walk and talk with You. Be my companion, my strength, my guide. I’ll quiet my mind. I will be strong. I will listen for your voice. Amen

I let these prayers guide my thoughts today.










Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 618 other followers

May 2013