Kathleen’s dehydrated red peppers

Wanting to make full use of my food dehydrator, I thought I’d try to dry up some foods that would be good ingredients to have on hand for those days when we couldn’t make it to the store. I decided on one of my favorites: red bell peppers. I’d only dried apples up to now, so I thought… Read More »

Kathleen’s Dehydrated Apples

Is there anything as satisfying as the crispy crunch of a nice, thick potato chip? Well, yes: the crispy crunch of a dehydrated apple! If you love a crunchy finger-food snack but would rather skip the calories and saturated fat, this is the way to go. Of course apples are not calorie-free: a medium-to-large apple has about 80-110… Read More »

You are more than your name

Anybody who is the primary or even just  frequent caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s will eventually experience the day when he no longer knows your name.

Waiting to die

In the mid 20-teens, my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. By that time he was already starting to have mental slip-ups, enough that when he received the diagnosis, he seemed to promptly forget it. After twice having to tell him that he had the disease, my stepmom decided that maybe he didn’t need the reminders and just… Read More »

Uncle Swen and the Doll

Between my mother and father, I had seven aunts and uncles: fourteen if you include their spouses. My folks moved across the country from Minnesota to California long before I was born and were strangely withdrawn from the families they had left behind. So even though I had a vast army of aunts, uncles, and cousins in the… Read More »

Dave’s Lemony Chickpea Soup

Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, are a great source of fiber and protein. Combined with lemon juice, lentil thickener, chicken broth, and other ingredients, this is a hearty chickpea soup with a delicious broth. Ingredients Homemade chicken stock (made with Onion, Garlic, and Ginger) Thickener: Pigeon pea lentils, Celery Carrots Celery Peas Red pepper Tarragon Thyme Cumin Parsley… Read More »

International Travel

I am very lucky to have had many opportunities to travel internationally. This post is a complete list of my international travels, listed with the most recent trip first, with links to blog posts about the trip, usually with lots of photos.

The impact of travel

I travel a lot. I go on a lot of international trips for business, I travel to see Philip Glass performances, and I travel to see family and friends. I love to travel, but like Marley with his heavy chains, I am getting more and more concerned about my enormous carbon footprint.

On luggage and packing

If I travel four times in one year, that is a very light year. in 2019 I had 13 trips that involved getting on a plane, and in 2018 I had 7. While I hope not to repeat that 2019 schedule again, let’s just say this: I travel a lot. After your first half-dozen flights, you tend to… Read More »

Non-fiction audio books

I replaced NPR news with audio books in my morning routine when, in 2019, I decided the news was a depressing way to start my day. I decided to focus my listening to non-fiction, and, at least at first, science books. This post lists what I’ve been listening to.

I am a Glass Head

Back in the 70s, there was a band of merry Grateful Dead fans who traveled the world following their favorite band. These were the devoted Dead Heads. I am a Glass Head. I try to temper my obsession with Philip Glass a bit so as to not spend too much dough on travel, but whenever I can, I… Read More »

Humility & Belief

When a matched set of LDS missionaries came to our door last year, my wonderful Dave invited them inside for a long chat. They kept in touch for a while after that, but eventually gave up on coaxing him into their fold. The exchange below was so lovely that I asked Dave’s permission to share it here. The… Read More »

Lisbon — December 2019

Following five days in New York City with my brother and then my sister, it was time for me to start the next leg of my trip: a week in Lisbon for client meetings. This was my first time to Portugal and I was looking forward to seeing it.

New York City & Akhnaten — December 2019

Early in 2019 I purchased tickets for me and my brother, Tim, to attend Philip Glass’ Akhnaten in New York in December. I saw this opera a few years earlier in Los Angeles, but it was the last of Philip Glass’ Trilogy that Tim still needed to see, so of course I had to see it again.