Christmas Playlist 2018 – 33 Days of Music

In 2011, I winnowed a growing iTunes holiday music catalog into a song-a-day Christmas Playlist. It was a fun project that sustained conversation, debate, and good cheer on Twitter for the month of December. Thanks to @pipcorin, @dhudgins,...

Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies

Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies These are amazing little sandwiches of joy. The recipe is from this month's Cooking Light (April...

Teleportation Considerations

Experience Music Project, Seattle, 2014 The drive home from Seattle is about six hours. It's just long enough to have that one fidgety spot. When we approach that spot, I start hearing wishes for teleportation from the backseat. "Just imagine.... We could be home...

Flickr Is Dead. Long Live Flickr.

Flickr's redesign caught the world a bit unawares last week. Surprise notwithstanding, it took only moments for people to declare their love or hate for the new look. I sat on my hands for a week, absorbing the changes slowly.  I like it. I think it's safe to say the...

Internet as Conscience

Thanks, ºNit Soto, for licensing your CCFlickr photo (binoculars) for remix. Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking. —H.L. Mencken For this invention [writing] will produce forgetfulness in the minds of those who learn to use it, because...

Food52 | Teddie’s Apple Cake

Weekend goodness.... Dana Nguyen, of firstbite.tv, has been enabling my Food52 crush this month. I was a casual lurker for most of last year. Now I'm saving recipes, commenting, and testing my own recipes to share. I thought Tad's Roasted Potatoes was going to be my...

Smashed Blueberry Sauce

I have a freezer full of fruit and a few extra hours of downtime, thanks to holiday break. Time to tinker.... I want blueberry jam, but don't have any pectin in the pantry. (I could buy some, but it's something like seven degrees outside right now...and oh yeah, it's...

A Rollercoaster Week with NPR News

Monday Morning A communion of grief.... I drove my sons to school after a weekend away from news coverage of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. After a Friday filled with tears (mine) and heartbreak (ours), we spent the weekend outside. We hiked in the snow,...

Grief

In the Hour, a Creative Commons Flickr photo by Thomas Hawk. I don't yet know what to do with all the feelings of the week, so I'm listing the names of the victims. May the websites and articles that honor their lives outnumber those that mention the killer. My heart...

A Jubelale Day

I'm visiting friends later this week and promised to bring a case of Jubelale. I stopped by the store on the way home to grab it. Little did I know, Jubelale was the theme of the evening. Happy convergences.... There was snow on Lookout Mountain and the Ochocos, the...

The Preamble in 140 Characters

The Committee of Style in The Time of Twitter The National Archives Prologue Blog issued a challenge this week: tweet the Preamble. The goal was to "shorten the Preamble down to as few words (or letters) as possible while retaining the Preamble’s meaning." The...

How to Wash a Pig

Step One: Start with a Dirty Pig Step Two: Start with a Pig Who Likes To Shower (see his smile?) Step Three: Prepare to Get Wet (payback for your toddler bathtimes) Step Four: Don't Forget the Ears Step Five: Don't Forget the Belly  Step Six: Rinse Well Step Seven:...

Flickr, Creative Commons, and Chick-fil-A (Paging Dr. Lessig)

Last month, Ken Cook tweeted me that one of my Flickr photos was being used. I took a quick look at the article in question, saw that the photo was correctly attributed and put it aside. I thought, "well, maybe he's letting me know someone is using my image in an...

We Run

We run in awesome Sock Guy mustache socks: We run with awesome mustaches, period: We run with our amazing PE teachers, Mrs. Pickhardt and Mrs. Woodward: We run with our friends: We run with our dads: We run with our moms (and a thumbs-up): We run with a double...

Project 52 | Week Nine

  Week Nine...A Great Leap  |  Three frogs grace my dash. This week, they inspired a last-minute leap to Seattle....

Project 52 | Week Eight

Week Eight...Cabin Fever  |  Ignite Bend 8 — When you make lichen into a mustache and beard, you may have cabin fever. James Jaggard — Lichens: A Breath of Fresh Air — at Ignite Bend...

Project 52 | Week Six

Week Six...Drink Up  |  Tournament weekend equals drinkable protein between games. Basketball tournament...

Project 52 | Week Five

Week Five...Shadows  |  Wall Puppets with the dog's tennis ball and Leslie's pretty hands....

Project 52 | Week Four

Week Four...Self Portrait  |  Sisters High School — sunny January day filled with basketball games. Arm...

Project 52 | Week Three

Week Three...I Dreamed A Dream  |  That we had already discovered a cure for cancer. Rest in peace, Jere....

Project 52 | Week Two

Week Two...Made With Love  |  Sautéing veggies for this week's lunch bag feature: homemade hot pockets. Veggie...

Project 52 | Week One

Week One...Resolution  |  To be deliberate about filling the new year with joy....

Christmas Playlist 2011 – 31 Days of Music

My Little Saint Nicks, December 2010 There are 31 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. There are 237 songs in my iTunes Holiday playlist. I'm going to select my favs, one for each day. Here we go.... Friday, November 25: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,...

This Little Piggy | Crook County 4-H

It was Connor's fourth year of 4-H this year and Miles's first official year. We don't have everything figured out yet, but are fortunate to have a great pig breeder (Thayne Egbert in Idaho) and a fantastic 4-H club, the Wild Hogs. We usually bring the small weaner...

I’m Thankful to Relay (Subtitle: Cancer Still Sucks)

(I wrote this post as my survivor remarks for our local Relay for Life. It ended up in our local newspaper, The Central Oregonian, last week. After months of debating how much to share online about cancer, I'm jumping in. So, thank you Vance, for the kick in the...

Happy Birthday, Twitter

Today is Twitter's fifth birthday. As part of the celebration, Jack, Ev, and crew asked users to post their favorite tweets with the #5yrs hashtag. I did. One of my own. And one of a longtime twitter friend. As I was scanning my timeline, I realized this medium is...

Merry Christmas

Time for Christmas card photos. Lately, this process ends up looking like my favorite Calvin and Hobbes (Calvin's photo faces). Take one had extra help from Ellie, but Miles is darling: Take two, my real Miles: Take three, the wrap: There might have been another 127...

Happy Birthday, Sesame Street

Sesame Street Performance, a Creative Commons image by heraldpost on Flickr Thanks for teaching me, my siblings (and man, they needed all the help they could get), and my sons. How to count, how to read, how to eat cookies.... Important...

This Week in Video

It was a busy week. A big work event, a football game, and two sleepovers. In between it all, we fell in love with and watched repeatedly the following three videos: 1) Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake - A History of Rap I caught this as it aired on Jimmy's show...

The Recession is Over (My Forest Fire Anaolgy)

The recession is over. A couple weeks ago, the Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research met in September and determined so. I assume that recession is a specific economic term, with a specific definition and a specific formula for...

A Long Time Coming….

I haven't made a journal entry in almost a year. I'd been nearing it the past month or so, but was still pushing it off a little. Then I happened upon Darcy at Life With My 3 Boybarians, who I feel like I know really well, without even knowing her at all in real life....

The Daughters of Shakespeare

The chicks first grew from fluff balls to poop machines and now have become beautiful young pullets. Most of the chicks were delivered to friends; of the original twenty-six, we kept six. Their individual personalities are beginning to emerge, so it's time to give...

Poop Machines

I thought we ordered cute, little chicks. Whoa boy, either I was wrong or the hatchery messed up our order. We have one-week old poop machines! I dutifully replace the brooder's paper towel liner twice a day. Within minutes, it looks like a Jackson Pollock piece.......

Good Homes

The chicks are growing. They're almost a week old and have already started to feather out their wings and tails. We'll only be keeping six for our flock of layers. (We started this adventure with a desire to use the backyard coop and get the bonus of fresh eggs.)...

Chicks are Here

The post office called at a little after six this morning. "Chicks are here." Connor was awake already, so he and I threw on jeans and headed into town. I had been telling myself for days not to get too excited. There was a good chance that we would have a box full of...

Chick Research

I know nothing about chickens. Or, at least, nothing about raising chickens. It's time to learn. If all goes well, the post office should be calling tomorrow to let us know that they have a chirping box of chicks for us. The boys and I have been reading books and...

New Life (Our Chicks Hatched Today)

We moved into our house last fall with the intention of getting a few laying hens this spring. The house has an old chicken coop in the backyard; it was one of the first things the boys noticed. So, it's July now. Baseball is finished, the 4-H pigs are well on their...

Yarn and the Art of Copyright Maintenance

I gave a five-minute talk on copyright at the inaugural Ignite Bend. The gist of it was that our copyright laws need to evolve. Copyright was originally conceived of to provide protection for authors who were being taken advantage of by unscrupulous publishers...