Sunday, October 30, 2011
Living alone, and consuming a sugar and lactose free diet, I only pull out the cookie sheets and baking pans when there's a holiday or occasion. Last night's dinner with the astronaut whose life we're adapting into a series was the perfect excuse to peruse my cookbooks and experiment with a new recipe. Juicy red plums from the farmers market gave me a direction, and I finally settled on Nancy Silverton's hazelnut and plum tart. Several labor intensive steps: roasting and peeling the nuts, toasting and grinding anise seeds, infusing melted butter with vanilla bean, took longer than anticipated. Having to rechill the dough after difficulty rolling it, threw a wrench into my timing. I brought it to DS's half-baked, certain the recipe didn't call for a twenty minute car ride of twists and turns midway through the process, but I had no choice. I only have the other guests to gauge how it turned out, but the empty plates and smiles suggested it turned out well.
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Saturday, October 29, 2011
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Sunday, October 16, 2011
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Thursday, October 13, 2011
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Thursday, October 6, 2011
"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything -- all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. ... Stay hungry. Stay foolish." Steve Jobs
Why is life so much easier to activate in the face of death?
Posted by Maria Grasso at 9:00 PM
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Technology defines my lifetime in the same way machines, atoms and space travel defined others. My generation is one of the last to grow up without instant information, communication and entertainment. My life has been significantly altered, and enhanced by one man, Steve Jobs. His vision, and user friendly applications brought technology out of the office and into every area of my life. I was touched by his creations. My iphone is with me at all times, and I rarely travel without my MacBook or ipad. The ipod still blows me away. All of my music in one tiny, transportable machine. And the sound . . . amazing. Steve Jobs' battle with cancer ended today. In the face of death, his focus sharpened and his output the last few years, prolific. I'm grateful to have benefited from his brilliance, and saddened by his departure. I wonder who will carry his torch.
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Sunday, October 2, 2011
A 24 hour getaway to visit JOB in Ojai felt like a mini-vacation. The ninety minute ride flew since I spent the entire time on the phone laughing and reminiscing with my college roommate. JOB and I always have lots of catching up to do, so the hours passed effortlessly. We ended the day with a sunset hike in the mountains overlooking the valley doted with groves of orange trees. For dinner, Cedars grilled salmon and vegetables to perfection. In the morning I joined them for their ritual Sunday morning yoga class. I haven't been on the mat in over two months, and this was the motivation I needed. I was awarded with a calming bliss during Shavasana, and the desire to add yoga back in to my weekly schedule.
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