Archive for August 2007

Teddy Kennedy

August 26th, 2007 — 5:02pm

I was walking up Solano today, into the hills that lead to my home. At the intersection of Alameda and Solano, I saw the most adorable little white dog in the passenger seat of a pickup truck, driven by an old black woman wearing a turban.

“May I pet your dog?” I asked her.

“Sure” she says with a big grin.

“What’s his name?” I ask.

“Teddy Kennedy,” she replies, “except she’s a girl.”

“She’s 11 years old,” she continues. And with a big laugh she says, “she got more teeth than me!”

And she takes off as the light turns green.

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The Gopher

August 26th, 2007 — 4:23pm

Matthew, Jack and I went blackberry picking up in Tilden Park this morning. While picking a lush bush, I noticed some dirt fly up from the field ahead.

We went to investigate.

We saw a gopher poking his snout out of a hole then scurrying back. We did a test. We placed a blackberry to the outside of his hole and waited. He took the bait.He popped partway out, grabbed the blackberry, and went back down his hole.

Let the games begin!

We rolled one, two, ten blackberries into his hole, and he grabbed every one of them, scurrying back into his hole, to, we imagined, a well stocked pantry.

It was raining blackberrries! I was sorry I didn’t have a video to share the gopher madness with others. On the other hand, I had gotten Matthew and Jack up to Tilden, away from the computer screens, and it was the happiest we’d been all day.

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Chinese Long Beans

August 25th, 2007 — 8:20am

I received in my Full Belly CSA box this week and bunch of gorgeous, slightly weird Chinese Long Beans. They are over a foot long each and thin, a spectacular combination of dark eggplant color and lime green. (You can see a picture of them at
Every Full Belly Box comes with a newsletter and the one accompanying this week’s had a missive written by an intern, Erin Bullock, who was in charge of Full Belly’s Long Bean crop.

She describes in precise and delightful detail a battle of life and death — aphids vs. ladybugs (the ladybugs won! Go organic!), equipment breakdowns, and drought, but in the end, she (and her 3000 bean plants prevailed and we, the members of Full Belly, are the grateful recipients of her hard work (and good writing).

I sauteed them in a cast iron pan with olive oil, garlic and soy sauce, and ate them for breakfast. They were delicious.

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PRI Marketplace

August 17th, 2007 — 4:07pm

I was interviewed on Marketplace Morning Report the other day. If you weren’t up at 4:50 am PST and missed it, you might have missed it anyway because it ran a total of 1 minute 20 seconds (though folks on the East Coast could hear it at a more civilized 7:50 am). It was on the growth of yoga as a business which I, as the communications director of Yoga Journal Magazine, was only too happy to talk about.
I was pretty happy with it. In my nanosecond soundbite, I did get in a mention of some of the magazine’s major advertisers — Estee Lauder, Eileen Fisher, Ford… must keep advertisers happy.

Heres the link:

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Harry Potter

August 8th, 2007 — 5:17pm

Like millions of other Harry Potter fans, I couldn’t wait to read the last book in the series. I was not disappointed. Good triumped over evil, humanity over cruelty, and deep loyalty was found in the most unexpected places. Good beings died along with bad, but hope prevailed in the end.

J.K. Rowling gave all of us a great gift. I’ve grown to care for Harry and his friends, and I will miss them.

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