The Blue Muse

The Blue Muse Exemplified in the phrase "deep thoughts, but mostly other things," The Blue Muse is a general-interest blog focused on telling stories about travel, general aviation (non-commercial), cooking, teaching/post-graduate education, photography, communication and everything in between. Most posts feature interesting, humor-infused "slice of life" tales from a personal viewpoint.

Web Site: http://thebluestmuse.blogspot.com/


Uppity green bean casserole

Nov 27, 2014
Uppity green bean casserole

Last year's casserole, bottom left.Sauteed thinly sliced mushrooms bathed in a creamy, garlicky bechamel. Fresh crunchy green beans, blanched. Crispy sliced onions. All baked to perfection.Only not really. My attempt at gourmet green bean casserole (fo...

It’s complicated: Why I prefer to forget thanksgiving

Nov 26, 2014
It’s complicated: Why I prefer to forget thanksgiving

Image from Gratisography. Used with permission.
Am I really being screamed at, literally screamed at, in front of the entire family?
This thought ran through my head as my then-fiance (now husband) and I grabbed the folding chairs we had just brought in and hurried through my father’s...

I’m tired of the ugly talk about Ferguson

Nov 25, 2014
I’m tired of the ugly talk about Ferguson

Photo used with permission from SplitShire."It means they're treating us like we're terrorists."One of my students said this yesterday when I asked our class to consider the rhetorical implications of comparing pictures of militarization (armored tanks...

A few things I learned about Chicago

Nov 24, 2014
A few things I learned about Chicago

Downtown ChicagoAlthough my most recent trip to Chicago for the National Communication Association's 100th anniversary convention did not warrant much touristyness, I learned a number of things by hanging out with some new locals.1. It's dense city liv...

Why I’m afraid of Ebola

Nov 21, 2014
Why I’m afraid of Ebola

Photo by Ryan McGuire of Gratisography. Used with permission.
On an airplane, I’m thatperson. The one who immediately upon boarding pulls out a Wet Wipe (or two) and disinfects all the hard surfaces I might touch during the flight. Seatbelt buckle. Arm rests. Tray table. Tray table...

The pretty things I see while lost

Nov 20, 2014
The pretty things I see while lost

A little morning jaunt in 20-something degree weather thanks to my terrible directional skills.I swear, it's not a real visit to a big city unless I get lost on public transit. And today's first adventure in Chicago on my own was no different.I was so ...

A grateful heart: My favorite tour guide

Nov 19, 2014
A grateful heart: My favorite tour guide

Nothing like a little 20-something weather with snow flurries to make a
Californian appreciate winter.
When my sister announced she was leaving Brooklyn earlier this year, I thought: Oh no! We’re going to New York in December. How will we do the Big Apple without our favorite tour guide??

I...

Calling all teens: Above the Fray wants to know about your online life

Nov 18, 2014
Calling all teens: Above the Fray wants to know about your online life

Have social media using teens in your life? Please join Above the Fray in helping them learn ways to be safer, more responsible, and perhaps even have more fun! And encourage them to take our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ATFtest Are you ...

Random with a side of controversial

Nov 17, 2014
Random with a side of controversial

Religion. Politics. Suicide. Feminism. Funeral plans. Ferguson.When I read the NaBloPoMo writing prompt this morning which asked about the most controversial posts I've ever written, I thought: Nah, I don't really do controversial. I write ab...

It’s okay to hate squash, and other things I like about adulthood

Nov 16, 2014
It’s okay to hate squash, and other things I like about adulthood

I tried. Really I did.With an established dislike for squash--especially the winter types--I bought some anyway. I purchased red kuri and spaghetti squash thinking I might turn over a new leaf. Perhaps my previous aversions to squash related to prepara...

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