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Alison Toon
Another New York gem… Lorenzo Laroc and riding the subway

Feb 28, 2014
Another New York gem… Lorenzo Laroc and riding the subway

There are many things I dislike about New York; the knife-wielding icy wind, the slush pits at the corner of the cold streets, people who push pregnant women and women-with-children out of the way on their rush to be a step ahead... but there are lots ...

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Chronicles of Nothing
Minnesota: The land of never ending winter?

Feb 26, 2014
Minnesota: The land of never ending winter?

Yesterday, I had a mental breakdown. The drive home was so frightening that the moment I saw Paul, I burst into tears.  I was so happy to be alive and needed to relieve the pent up stress from white knuckle … Continue reading 

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Mr. Andrew Bradley
Scandal, Running, Moving a Friend and National Margarita Day

Scandal, Running, Moving a Friend and National Margarita Day

Some weeks start off with no plans and then end up incredibly busy. This was one of those weeks. On Monday night I got a text from a friend that invited me to hear Judy Smith as part of the Sacramento Speaker Series. On Tuesday we met at Pronto to have...

Marc Valdez Weblog
RIP, "Sacramento Top 25"

Feb 25, 2014

Ever since I was aware of it, I've been trying to make Number One on the "Sacramento Top 25" Web site, maintained by John Bressler. I yearned for it, and yearned for it, even though it had no practical purpose at all, and may have, in fact, been a bad...

Finding Our Way Now
Gratitude and Blessings: Story

What is “gratitude” anyway? That certainly wasn’t on my mind when I began my road trip at o’dark-thirty. I started my drive at that ungodly hour to get a jump on the traffic. Sigh! But there were a few more cars on the road than I had expected, but no matter...

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Marc Valdez Weblog
My Reactions To The 35th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference

Feb 25, 2014

(Blog post still evolving)

Here are my reactions (in parentheses) to the various talks I attended at conference - Popular and American Culture Studies: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, February 19-22, 2014, Albuquerque, New Mexico. It's been a long time since I've been to an academic conference, but this one was particularly-fun, because anyone...

Chronicles of Nothing
Wine Review: Holman Ranch 2012 Pinot Gris

Feb 24, 2014
Wine Review: Holman Ranch 2012 Pinot Gris

What exactly is a Pinot Gris? It’s a dry white wine. It’s basically the same as a Pinot Grigio, but slightly different. Pinot Grigio is Italian. Pinot Gris is French. What did I think of the Holman Ranch Pinot Gris? … Continue reading 

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The Blue Muse
The secret to silky smooth homemade ice cream: "Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams"

Feb 24, 2014
The secret to silky smooth homemade ice cream: "Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams"

"Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home" is artfullydesigned and easy to read. And no, I'm not a paidsponsor, just a big fan.Raise your hands, homemade ice cream lovers... How many of you have concocted luscious ice cream flavors, only to have the consiste...

All Squared Up
Vegging out with veggies

Vegging out with veggies

This is the last week for the Engine 2 Diet 28 Day Challenge. My cough is better, but we have both been under the weather - in the sense that we have started a huge outdoor project of fixing up the pool house that leaks, adding more space so the bathro...

My 5 Monkeys
Things going on this past week

Things going on this past week

our anniversary cakewatching lego movie what I am reading right now

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