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A foodie’s take on freezer meals

Oct 24, 2015
A foodie’s take on freezer meals

Cutting to the chase on freezer meals: Except in limited cases, no. Just, no.First you should know who you're dealing with though.I'm a home cook who has gotten good enough in the kitchen to put on airs and alternatively, throw fits when dishes do not ...

13 things writing students need to know

Oct 8, 2015
13 things writing students need to know

It's obvious when a class's honeymoon period is over. It happens after the first essay is graded and it feels like deflated balloons. No eye contact. Sagging shoulders. Grumbling. From some anyway.As a writer and teacher of writing, I'm acutely aware t...

I suck at resolutions and it’s okay.

Oct 7, 2015
I suck at resolutions and it’s okay.

The fourth week of school starts tomorrow seventh week of school ends on Friday and while perusing lesson plans, I ran across something laugh out loud funny: My list of new (school) year's resolutions.Seven weeks into my first tenure track job. Li...

Finally: Death with Dignity in California

Oct 6, 2015
Finally: Death with Dignity in California

"Hi, Bill!""Billlll!""Heeeey, trouble!"We'd just started eating dinner when a chorus of waiters and bartenders began calling out greetings to an elderly couple walking in.If you squinted, you could still see the flyboy in the man's lanky frame and flir...

Late summer, in snapshots

Sep 10, 2015
Late summer, in snapshots

Although it's very nearly pumpkin time, the sudden spike of Sacramento heat has me thinking about the lovely last bits of summer. Or rather, the whirlwind that was August. In those 31 days, I nursed a dying man back to health (only a mild exaggeration)...

A deal with the devil and Christmas is collateral

Aug 10, 2015
A deal with the devil and Christmas is collateral

The fate of Christmas rests on my thighs. Or rather, my ability to make them smaller.

You see, I struck a deal with the devil last night. And the devil's name is Scrooge.

Feeling restless, I plopped down between Mr. T and a project he was working on. (Dangerous, yes, but I'm a risk taker.)...

Guess who’s a Wildcat?

Aug 5, 2015
Guess who’s a Wildcat?

I was a good 25 minutes up the road when I realized I'd left my cell phone on the bathroom counter. After some self-condemnation (and swearing), I considered whether I could make the 90 mile journey from Sacramento to Chico without GPS*. I'll admit, it...

Six years in the blogosphere: The Blue Muse in review

Aug 4, 2015
Six years in the blogosphere: The Blue Muse in review

Seems like just yesterday that I typed my Maiden Voyage post, launching the Blue Muse on August 3, 2009 as a mechanism to share my split-state doctoral journey. Now 882 posts later, I'm reflecting on where I started (sweet, picture-less commentari...

You took the spot, now stay in it

Jul 30, 2015
You took the spot, now stay in it

In formation flying, there's an important skill called station keeping. This means staying in the correct position relative to other planes in the group. It's critical for safety as well as the symmetry of the formation.Ladies of today's Turbo Kick cla...

Anniversary the fifth

Jul 26, 2015
Anniversary the fifth

We'd just parked by the fuel pumps after an hour of Bonanza flight training. We'd gone out to get me comfortable in the high performance, complex airplane before our long trek to Oshkosh in it the next day. Sacramento's 100+ temperatures and mid-air bu...

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