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  1. Following up on what easypeasy said: the creator of Sleeping Queens is a family friend, a delightful young woman who recently completed her university degree in science. Personally I recommend the 10th anniversary edition of the game. It comes in a tin and contains a few extra cards. I will be so pleased to report the SQ memories to the game designer and her family. Thank you.
  2. How timely is this? The BBC Radio 4 program In Our Time focuses on Middlemarch today! You can listen via the website or download the program.
  3. I finished this section last night but am hesitant to post given the wacky turn the "clubs" have taken. Thanks again to Kathy for herding the Middlemarchers.
  4. I suspect that a new, closed club is probably the best option but ultimately I think the decision is in your hands, Amira. Just another grateful meerkat
  5. Maybe we should become the essential readers? Safe travels!
  6. The Lit Hub posts are now part of the Essential Oils group. So our posts may be somewhere...
  7. I just refreshed the page on my laptop and noticed that as well!! What a hoot! To stay on (ahem) topic: olive, sunflower, walnut or sesame?
  8. The influence of inheritance--or lack thereof--certainly comes to play in Book 5. Casaubon's motives were selfish but I am not sure that it was his intention to create rumors concerning Dorothea and Will or if he was more focused on creating an insurance policy guaranteeing that his work would be finished by his wife. He certainly had a narcissistic view of his own self importance. But did he intend to deprive his wife of happiness? One can't help but feel that some revelation is being foreshadowed. (While it is never mentioned, I wonder if that "Polish blood" implies that Will is further corrupted by Catholic or Jewish blood.) Fred, Fred, Fred. I have so little patience with this guy. Mary might be better off with Mr. Farebrother--even if he comes with a pack of women in tow. And then there is Mr. Raffles! What nefarious schemes follow? Lydgate strikes me as naive in some ways. Yes, he is a good medical man but his initial insistence on buying furniture, silverplate, etc. on credit to please Rosamond is perhaps not unusual given our own culture where easy credit leads to bad financial decisions. That relationship is one that has me scratching my head. Initially we saw Lydgate as a man more focused on research than sociability. It strikes me that he may have been better off with a wife who could help him advance his social position, i.e. a wife who would move the local widows to donate to the new hospital. Is there any depth to Rosamond?
  9. Thanks. My husband downloaded several.
  10. In American popular cinema--and probably in much of Western literature--there seems to be the dichotomy of good and evil and the need to present everyone in terms of being a good guy or not. One of the appeals that Eastern European literature has for me is recognition that Things Are Not so Simple. One from bad regime to another we go and yet there can be such joy in embracing a moment as slim as a gossamer thread. I don't know if heroism always involves overt acts. I am reminded of the amazing narrator that Wiesław Myśliwski created who reminds us "Just keep shelling the beans." For some, basic survival without harm to others is all that can be done. Willful ignorance may be the one of the greatest modern sins. I know too many who don't want to think about things that they view as "unpleasant". They have their moments of moral outrage by reacting to something seen on Facebook but otherwise let's not discuss the children of Syria or that corporation down the road that is dumping chemicals illegally into our water supply. Let me take this opportunity to thank Fast Weed Puller for turning me on to Notes on a Foreign Country. Very worthwhile reading that helps one shift ones cultural lens.
  11. Some excellent reporting was acknowledged, but I figured the Hubbers might be more interested in books: Fiction: Less by Andrew Sean Greer Drama: Cost of Living by Martyna Majok History: The Gulf, the Making of an American Sea by Jack Davis Biography: Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser Poetry: Half Light by Frank Bidart General Nonfiction: Locking Up Our Own, Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Foreman Jr. Comments from anyone who has read the books? I highly recommend the article in GQ that won the feature prize, A Most American Terrorist, The Making of Dylann Roof by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah. I cried when I read that article last summer.
  12. Smoked paprika definitely adds a sense of umami. One of the reasons that people add bits of bacon to a mixture is for smokiness. Smoked paprika contributes to a pleasant smoky taste without the salt and preservatives of bacon. But concerning heat...I have three forms of paprika in my spice cupboard: sweet, hot and smoked. Our smoked paprika is not a "hot" spice but apparently there are versions that are smoked and hot. More here. Another fan of the shallot! We had hakurei turnips (the little Japanese ones) last night. I like to slice the roots, sauté them in olive oil with garlic and shallots. About the time they are soft, I add the coursely chopped turnip greens. Ah...latte and chocolate. For those who were unaware, Shukriyya and I met last summer in Golden Gate Park where she provided chai and chocolate. Seeing your lovely post here inspired me to write a snail mail letter to my elderly aunt and uncle who live at Lake Tahoe. Thank you friend.
  13. May I suggest a fabulous morning read, The Ingenious Cyclewear Victorian Women Invented to Navigate Social Mores. "Fluted or vertical frilled trowsers", anyone?
  14. Beth at Budget Bytes has gone all into "meal prep" these days, i.e. making five "grab and go" lunches or breakfasts at a time. A search through the archives will lead to lots of different things though. Some of our favorites: Vegetable Tamale Pie (note: I have never made this with the canned enchilada sauce; instead I use a can of diced tomatoes with jalapeno) Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal (I add pecans and raisins) I love Budget Bytes Coconut Rice! It is fine on its own but it makes the best fried rice (I add shrimp, fresh ginger and garlic, whatever veg is on hand) My son is a fan of meatloaf. One of his favorite's is Budget Bytes Thai Turkey Meatloaf (which I make with either jasmine or brown rice). He did one of his long distance car trips with this meatloaf in the cooler, reporting that it was excellent "road food". I don't make the glaze though... One of the Budget Bytes "tricks" is the use of smoked paprika for flavor. Kareni, I know that you have tried to reduce salt intake. Smoked paprika adds loads of flavor without salt. I am a huge fan, especially on roasted veg.
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