Saturday, February 17, 2018

thistle only take a few minutes


Artichokes are thistles. 

That explains the little barb on the ends of their leaves.


They are in season now,
and well priced and you should eat some.


The most antioxidents of any vegetable, too!


Wash and cut off the stems, cut the barbed end of the leaves and peel all the outer leaves leaving only the tenderest inner part.


Quarter them, clean a red pepper, some parsley and some garlic.


Now heat up some smoking hot olive oil and in they go.


Just turn them around and around for 5 or 6 minutes,
then toss in the fresh red pepper.


Two more minutes, add some salt, throw in the parsley and the garlic
and some dried red pepper if you want a little heat.


Another minute or so, a squeeze of lemon…


 and you are done!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

more urban camo

Providence, Rhode Island


in two words


Americans have migrated from “we are all in this together”
 to “me first, rich by any means necessary.”


We are drowning in advertising, misled by Facebook,
 depressed through iPhone isolation and spending less time connecting to real friends.


It’s not the guns. Consider Timothy McVeigh.


What is going badly wrong is in our people.

And we are so addicted we don’t care.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

the year of our ClockTower


Happy Valentine’s Day!

none so blind, as those who will not see


John Perry Barlow died last week. 

He was a poet, a good writer, a lyricist for the Grateful Dead and a utopian advocate for an internet with no regulation.


He predicted that no rules would reveal our inner morality,
 our sense of justice and our smarts.


He is dead now, and he was dead wrong.

Instead we’ve gotten cat videos, online harrassment, economic fraud, stupid shit of every sort, surveillance tracking, advertising that follows you around, the near destruction of musicians and newpaper reporters and teenage suicide spiking off the charts.


And why is that exactly?

This one paragraph from Roger McNamee, early FACEBOOK advisor,
answers that question nicely.


Barlow was so smart, but so blind to the truth.


I’ll miss his writings.
RIP

Tuesday, February 13, 2018