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Fall = Pumpkin Spice MADNESS in the USA!

I love the Pumpkin Snaps, I can leave the Pumpkin Spice Popcorn. I’ll try the pasta sauce tonight

If I weren’t lactose intolerant.

Yesterday I popped into a Spouts Market – an American Organic Supermarket chain that is challenging Whole Foods by being affordable.

What immediately caught my eye is the appearance of […]

Artist Love: Kent Monkman

Over the last two days, I’ve seen two amazing paintings by Kent Monkman. One was at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the other at the Musée McCord d’Histoire Canadienne. The first really caught my eye and I spent some time exploring it’s more subtle details — before wandering on.

Details — the artist […]

I love wool: A plunge into my closet in cold (and warm) weather.

Yesterday I decided to go out for an adventure in Berlin.

With temperatures the coldest all year – around -12° – and plans for a long walk around Berlin, I bundled up. Out came the long underwear (wool, even!), winter jacket, hat, gloves, and warm shoes. I went all out – my scarf trailing behind […]

Should I be annoyed or not? Readings on Matthew Shepard at the University of Wyoming

One of these is not like the others….

The University of Wyoming campus bookstore has put “The Book of Matt” next to copies of “Losing Matt Shepard,” “The Meaning of Matthew,” and “The Laramie Project.”

These last three books are all about Matthew Shepard’s murder – The first written by a University of Wyoming […]

Seeing the Chocolate for Chocolate, but not its form!

A couple weeks ago, just before Easter, I took a long lunch and wandered by Berlin’s branch of Galeries Lafayette, the French department store. It’s actually quite convenient to my office and since I had forgotten to prepare a dish for a party I was attending, it’s basement boutique grocery store gave me the opportunity […]

From Aluminum Tube to London Tube in 30 Minutes.

Along my walk.

I’m in London for a short holiday – and my first day was most excellent.

Given Heathrow norms (an airport I try to avoid), I fully expected to spend an hour, if not two, clearing immigration. Instead, I went from the aluminum tube to the London Tube in about 30 minutes […]

Ney! You don’t say!

These are good times to be a vegetarian in Europe.

Not that I am one, but like most people living in Europe, I’ve been eyeing the ground “beef” with a great deal of suspicion of late.

Mainly because it’s not necessarily beef.

Amazingly, some products claiming to have ground beef actually contain 100% pure ground […]

My Sofa-Bed has now been used as a bed!

It’s a bed!

This weekend I’m hosting Cathy of I’m Learning How to Cook fame—she’s up here for a two day seminar and needed some place to crash. She’s at the seminar right now and this morning I forgot to ask her how it works as a bed. I hope it was comfy!

Before […]

Target’s Up & Up: Accidentally Amusing

One thing that I like to do whilst in the States is pop into local drug stores and pick up things that are inexpensive Stateside, but expensive in Germany, including, for example, aspirin.

This trip I stopped by Target and I noticed for the first time that their house brand had changed. I don’t know […]

Things I do not want to do in the next week, in Germany: Shop.

This year is an “Adam—allein zu Haus” kind of Christmas.

Translated in to English, that’s “Adam, alone at home”, a variation on the “Kevin—allein zu Haus” them that Americans know as “Home Alone”.

My plan is to avoid shopping after Saturday until after the Christmas holidays. If I could actually swing it, I would avoid […]