Small Harvest, Big Reap

That, right there, is about the size of our harvest this year—a few small grapes. That’s what happens in a year of fires and droughts, moves and transitions. But don’t get me wrong. We’ve reaped far more in the past few months than our garden shows. It’s been pretty quiet around here lately—here on the […]

Wow. That stung a bit.

(Guest post by Jerry) Welcome back! The Rambler was down there for a bit, but certainly not out. A webhosting snafu kept the blog software from finding and reading the rich, well-reported database of Truth, that is the essence of Ramblingspoon (Techno babble: php scripts inexplicably stopped fetching data from the SQL database. Had to […]

Ancient Chocolate

Aztec Warrior Chocolate, Kakawa Chocolate House, Santa Fe It’s amazing what the palate can forget. The Aztecs and Mayans drank their chocolate rich and frothy; mixed with chile, flowers and achiote to give it a distinct red hue. It resembled nothing of the solid uniform rectangles sold today. Mesoamerican cacao was an elixir, a status […]

Danger Salad

  We had a wee bit of a scare last week when Jerry went in for his clot check (a monthly routine ever since the incident last fall). His International Normalized Ratio (INR) was way down, meaning his blood was clotting way too quickly. I’m the culprit. I’ve been feeding him too many leafy greens, […]

Food Miles, Southeast Asian Style

Buses stop at the Nam Ou River in Muang Khua, Laos. Tiny town it is, but it sits on a major trade route linking Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. I’ve been thinking a lot about the journeys my dinners endure. The more I read, the more I learn, the more trouble I have shaking the numbers: […]

Blog Delight

Amera at Maroc Mamma recently informed me she’d given Rambling Spoon a Stylish Blogger Award. I wasn’t familiar with her blog at that point (and it seems she’s doing a bit of a redesign, so you might have to wait a bit before it’s up and running), but now I’m sitting here typing away, my […]

New Year Peace in a Pot of Peas

Happy New Year, everyone. I wish  peace, health and happiness for all in a brand spanking new 2011. I don’t know about you, but 2010 was one heck of a mixed bag for us. Highs and lows that peaked and plummeted all year long. I’ve written a wrap-up for The Faster Times. It explains what […]

A Meeting of Great Minds in Missoula

Journalists hiking near Missoula, Montana The wide sky stretches across the Earth—from parched canyons and amber hills to the craggy tips of the mountains that make the West. This West. Our West. A land that swaddles me in its hugeness. That is what I saw and felt for the 2 1/2 days it took to […]

The Measure of All Things Khmer

This is the last week to catch an extraordinary Reyum exhibit, Measurements in Khmer Society. It takes you through history, through the market and rice field, through sunrise and sunset, and everything between, to explain every little way in which Khmer people have measured the important stuff of life. The French introduced the meter in […]


Happy holidays, from a wintry American Midwest. May 2010 bring health, happiness, much sustenance and many festive colors. Best wishes, wherever you are!