Monday, October 10, 2011

Occupy Wall Street moves across the U.S.

Occupy Wall Street or OWS is no longer confined to NY; we are occupying LA, and Washington and San Francisco and now even Phoenix. Yes, Phoenix, home of the dysfunctional Republican tea partiers and haters of all things liberal. This Saturday, Oct. 15, in Cesar Chavez plaza downtown, is having a "Jobs not cuts" rally in connection with the OWS. And I''m taking my kids and myself down there to show them what direct political action means. It is so important to make sure that our next generation knows that they can still make a difference--before it's too late--to get the money out of politics and make it count for people again.

Sunday, October 9, 2011


There is not enough time to do anything. Today I baked bread and cookies and did 3 loads of laundry but I want to just sit down and read and it's not going to happen because I have to fold those 3 loads of laundry. I would so welcome some time during the day when it is quiet, when I can sit out on the back patio and read books and think and write.

My life has become what I didn't want: the corporate job, the 8 to 5 job (okay, I like my work but it's still in the corporate mold, even if we are a casual office and don't have to wear suits or work in cubicles). I have become the writer at night. The writer who writes when all the cooking and cleaning and laundry is done, when the children are taken care of, when I'm so exhausted that I can barely write.

I have let Virginia Woolf's "angel in the house" swallow me. And I want some time back.

That's really enough complaining. I have to just make the time. No excuses.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Another book on food, different take

I have been deep into food and cooking and reading about this topic lately, from new vegetarian cookbooks to new vegetarian gluten free cookbooks to books about healthy food and creating healthier people and communities.

So into all this health, I had to inject some good, fun, venomous gossip with a lot of really bad language. I was reading Anthony Bourdain's Medium Raw and it's definitely worth reading. I'm only halfway through but it's tons of fun and lots of cursing with Bourdain's very pointed and informed views about the world he has inhabited for more than 25 years.

More thoughts when I finish the book. In the meantime, go get this one. It's easy to read and really skewers the foodies and food stars that have taken over the airwaves.