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Apple-Gingerbread Dumplings

I was given The Art and Soul of Baking for my last birthday and I love it!! It focuses on the fundamentals of baking (from the school of the French masters) and extends that artistry to that nostalgic American as Apple Pie taste and Midwestern feel. Bravo! My maiden voyage: apple-gingerbread dumplings with custom cutter finishes for my own personal apple dumpling gang!

Art People Suck

The LONG Scientific Personality Test…

You tend to bring out the best in other people. You lead without seeming to do so. People are naturally drawn to you. You expect the very best from people which takes the form of enthusiastic encouragement which is so charming that people try their best not to disappoint you. You share your personality type with 3% of the population.

The Director Who Films Your Life Test

Roger Corman? Really? Yes, I am a cult classic in the making. Yes, I've got colorful, rough and tumble characters right and left. But baby, I make it look twice as expensive for half the price...not simply in half the time. No disrespect Roger, but we ain't meant to be.

NPR is Blogging About Twilight?!

I spent some time thinking about how much I disliked the book, its popularity, and the willingness of literate, ostensibly observant people to push the burden of badness into the laps of professionals who used to include me. I tried be brief, keeping in mind that this was not my blog. It didn’t really get the job done. So here we are.

Which Black and White Film are You?

Congratulations. You've scored Gilda! Sure, it's a love story, but a love story between the two coldest hearts on the planet. Okay, maybe just in Argentina. Really? As much as I love film noir and the comparison to Rita Hayworth...realistically, any movie representing me would have to be a screwball comedy!

Once More, With Feeling

A national health care plan is the most basic safety net conceivable because before you can count on retirement or even pursue happiness, you have to maintain your health--you have to live. Any democracy should be able to protect its citizens at least as far as their health is concerned and we are a great democracy. And if you cannot bring yourself to believe my arguments, I defy you not to have learned in the last year months that you never know quite what is around the corner and you very well may be the next American in need of help from your government.

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Alex Chilton (December 28, 1950 – March 17, 2010)

Maybe I was in awe of is his voice. It was a great voice, but more impressive was his control over it. He could evoke a range of emotions and produce the texture of a moment in the time line of musical history and then skip ahead or behind seamlessly. Genius.

OKCupid Dating Persona Test

Charismatic, affectionate, and terrific in relationships, you are what many guys would call a “perfect catch”—and you probably have many admirers, each wishing to capture your long-term love. You’re careful, extra careful, because the last thing you want is to hurt anyone. Especially some poor boy whose only crime was liking you.

Barbie, Why Bother?

When I heard they were making Mad Men Barbie and Ken dolls, I thought, "What a stretch, Betty Draper. They'll never make a Joan Holloway doll!" When I heard they were making a Joan Holloway doll I was so excited there were no words. That hair, that face, that shape, that...valentine! Joan is the ultimate temptress.

Spring Sewing

I’ve started my herbs and my Spring cool-weather crop of various greens and peas. What are you growing?