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‘Yoko Said’ aka Wind: WPC

Did you ever watch “Mad About You”? Well, this ’90s sitcom starring Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt had an episode guest starring Yoko Ono. She’s hired Reiser’s character, a filmmaker, to film the wind. It doesn’t go particularly well, but “Yoko said” so he keeps trying.

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I didn’t actually have any major problem photographing the wind–representing the element of air–but I couldn’t help laughing about that episode as I attempted the task.

Willow silloutte

Getting all four elements into one picture proved illusive. (Hey, Yoko only wanted one!) But I think I’ve got all four between these photos–with at least two elements in each picture!

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And I even managed to get three out of four in this one with the long grass blown over by the wind on the banks of the Hudson river.

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Plated Pina Colada: WPC

There is little that is more satisfying than having a project come out right. And it’s even more satisfying when you can eat the results!

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I was having some friends over for dinner and I decided I had to make coconut sorbet. I’d had some out and I’ve been wanted to use my ice cream maker; sorbet is easier to make than ice cream (no custard) so it seemed like a good opportunity. It was, and the coconut sorbet was amazing! Although I had a little issue with the coconut fat solidifying too early in the ice cream maker. It clumped up so the texture of the sorbet was still perfect, but I don’t think that should have happened. (I used organic canned coconut milk–perhaps non-organic has emulsifier in it…)

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The Bridges of Manhattan County: WPC

Okay, okay, it’s New York County; Manhattan is a borough. Also, there are bridges from Monroe County and Oxfordshire in here. But I couldn’t help myself.

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Bridge over a pedestrian walkway near West 72nd St. in Central Park

I don’t have particularly much to say about this topic. I do, apparently, enjoy photographing bridges, so you’d think I would–you’d think wrong, though!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and I’ve got plenty of those… Continue reading “The Bridges of Manhattan County: WPC”

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Home Grown Arugula Salads: Recipe

As I mentioned, I’m currently upstate with my parents. The old house they live in is on a “farm-ette,” as it’s apparently called. It’s something like 5 acres and it was used as a horse farm before they got it. My mom’s been trying her hand at gardening–she’s got those raised table beds so it’s really easy to “farm.”

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Wallpaper: WPC

Delta is the symbol used to denote change in mathematic and scientific equations. For example, students are taught that velocity = change in position / change in time. That equation is often given as v=(x-x)/(t-t) [with the first x and t having subscript 2 and the second x and t having subscript 1 to denote that they are two discrete location and time coordinates, but I can’t figure out how to get subscript characters in WordPress!] This, of course, is more simply written as v=∆x/∆t. In other words, a delta represents not some nebulous concept of change but a specific, measurable change between two distinct points in time (or space).

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Removing layers and layers of wallpaper

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Shakespeare’s Garden

In case you were wondering, this is Shakespeare’s Garden in Central Park, NYC. Not, say, the garden at Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon. (Although I have been there. See?:

Now that was actually Shakespeare’s Garden.)

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In any case, this Shakespeare’s Garden is tucked away in Central Park, nearish the W81th street entrance. It’s beautiful! Continue reading “Shakespeare’s Garden”

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Coconut Macaroons

When I brought the Coconut Cashew & White Chocolate Cookies in to class, I also made a quick batch of white chocolate coconut macaroons because one of my classmates has celiac. I’m not sure she liked them–I got in the habit of keeping them rather under-sweetened because my cousin who is celiac is diabetic as well–but I liked the leftovers (and one of my other classmates ‘stole’ a few and she loved them) so I’m not too worried!

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