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Two years, three months ago, I wrote a post about doing pushups.  https://mlknowlden.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/eating-elephants-in-20-hours/ Guess what?  I’m still doing them. Today I did my 18,070th pushup. Woo hoo! In the Eating Elephants post, I mentioned that I did tasks between sets like … Continue reading

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Basil in the Window, Rain on the Pane, a Seed of a Story

I had a good Sunday. It rained on our parched California dirt. While listening to drops hit the windows and patter on the concrete, I watched THE DISH, a favorite movie of mine, drank coffee, ate a biscuit, and thought about … Continue reading

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An Explosion of Eggplants

Most days for lunch, I make a Mediterranean sandwich in a dinner roll which includes baba ghanoush, olive tapenade, arugula, basil, balsamic and olive oil, and a roasted tomato.  I make my own baba ghanoush and it’s a delight to pick eggplants … Continue reading

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Caging the Wild Tomato

Although I’m a lazy gardener, I’m among the fruit trees, veggies, and lavender often—watering, weeding, and pruning in a haphazard manner. But that doesn’t explain how a two foot tall and two and a half foot wide tomato plant appeared … Continue reading

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Hummingbirds Among Wisteria

Earlier this week, I enjoyed a few days on Santa Catalina Island. We took the Catalina Express from Downtown Long Beach where we passed the Queen Mary and the empty Spruce Goose dome.  Beyond the breakwater, we sat on the … Continue reading

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When the Iron is Hot…

When a new story idea strikes, I respond in one of four ways. ONE: I’ll drop everything and work on the new idea. TWO: I’ll jot the ideas in my moleskine for future reference. THREE: I’ll take a one day … Continue reading

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An Experimental Mutiny against Excess: The Pirate’s Version

BACKGROUND This past week I finished Jen Hatmaker’s funny, poignant, and life-changing book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. Let me make it clear at the start: I did not pirate the book. On the contrary, I bought it, then bought … Continue reading

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September 2013 First Friday Breakfast with an Author

We are sharing our September First Friday Breakfast with award-winning author Kristy Tate.  Kristy is the author of many novels, but only six are published. Her debut novel, Stealing Mercy, was on Amazon’s historical romance top 100 list for more than … Continue reading

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Fires, Pestilence and Pruning: Musings of a Fig Fanatic

Two weeks ago, I returned from seeing Twelfth Night at OC Shakespeare with four friends and discovered our Brea drop off point in darkness with fire trucks milling and police directing traffic in the intersection.  Whole blocks of homes had been without … Continue reading

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Timelines and a Fried Egg Sandwich

Ages ago, food writer M. F. K. Fisher wrote a book called Among Friends. Two things made the memoir dear to me: (1) she talks about living in Whittier, California before WWI among my beloved Quakers, and (2) she introduced me to … Continue reading

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