paragraphs about ice cream.

paragraphs about ice cream.

Original writing from 2011 (edited 2015). A little melancholy perhaps. Fiction & creative non-fiction.   She ordered cardamom ice cream, explaining it was good for her spleen. And then she asked me what I wanted and I ordered a coffee milkshake because it made me feel older. We talked about books we had read and how we liked authors who could write a sentence that was smooth. Like, we could speak it on our tongue without saying it out loud. That smooth.   Ana had a long, broken looking nose and high cheekbones,…continue reading →
Born to Run

Born to Run

by Christopher McDougall. This book's copyright is 2009. Friends have been bothering me to read this book since 2009. The story starts with the author (a former war correspondent now writing for a men's health magazine) searching for "the White Horse" down in Mexico. The White Horse is a white guy who lives with (and runs with) the Tarahumara (a Native tribe in Mexico). There are plenty of articles and books written about the Tarahumara, a tribe known specifically for their ability to run incredible long-distances. The Tarahumara clearly do not want to…continue reading →
Break-ins, breakdowns, and dinosaurs. Always dinosaurs.

Break-ins, breakdowns, and dinosaurs. Always dinosaurs.

Well. We thought we would take advantage of low fuel prices and not-lethal road conditions to take a Montana trip this past weekend. See some people. Visit some places. We had a sunny day walking in downtown Bozeman. Of course, we stopped in the toy store and purchased our own dinosaur that emerges from an erupting volcano (we bought my friend's 3 year-old the same gift last week). We really wanted one. We stumbled upon (okay, we clearly saw it on mainstreet) a distillery and I drank a particularly strong apple cider whiskey…continue reading →
Embroideries, Mooncake Vixen, and Sense of Snow.

Embroideries, Mooncake Vixen, and Sense of Snow.

(Featured Image from Marjane Satrapi's book). Three reviews: Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi, Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen by Marilyn Chin, and Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg. These three books have few and vague similarities, but mostly I am writing about them because I read them recently-ish...well, and they all contain potentially "R-rated" subject material. Sensitive readers be warned.   Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi. Marjane is the author of Persepolis and Persepolis 2 (autobiographical cartoons of a young girl growing up in Iran). Persepolis was also made into a quirky film, following…continue reading →
When the Quitting is Good. (Or, I’m Not Your Average Motivational Poster).

When the Quitting is Good. (Or, I’m Not Your Average Motivational Poster).

I quit. I am quitting my job. To make one thing clear: I am not here to air my dirty laundry or bash my employer. Nope. I’ve quit many jobs, but always due to re-location. And those jobs were usually low pay, part-time, no benefits, no future type jobs. Of course, we’ve all quit at some point. I also hope not to quit entirely, but keep a registry (per diem) position in a less stressful environment. That is, until we move on from our current town…which is a change happening quite soon. We…continue reading →