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Garlic Harvest: A National Holiday…or Just Mine…

Garlic Harvest: A National Holiday…or Just Mine…

| July 26, 2015 | 2 Comments

I have often been pegged as a geeky gardener type.  Although I HAVE been seen pulling weeds in the moonlight in my pajamas, and my fingernails never quite come clean from April to November, I have to confess that I am really too lazy to be one of those über-gardeners who never set foot in the produce section. […]

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Happiness and Hedonism: Nudging Yourself Toward a Happy Life

Happiness and Hedonism: Nudging Yourself Toward a Happy Life

| April 15, 2015 | 10 Comments

People ask me why I write about what I write about.  At least one person in my life gives me a hard time for “glorifying hedonism,” as though I’m advocating for naked drunken reveling with the Rockettes in a posh Gold Coast mansion (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I wonder about it sometimes.  […]

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Ten Reasons Why I Hate Cheap Plastic Crap, and Why You Should Too

Ten Reasons Why I Hate Cheap Plastic Crap, and Why You Should Too

| January 7, 2014 | 15 Comments

Actually, I’m kinda proud of myself. I managed to get through the entire Christmas buying orgy without saying anything about this, but the holidays are spent and so is my restraint.  Apologies in advance to anyone who may have a fondness for cheap plastic crap, or who is employed by or dependent on the cheap […]

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I NEED vs. I WANT: How Do You Tell the Difference?  On Happy Moderation, or Finding the Just-Right Life

I NEED vs. I WANT: How Do You Tell the Difference? On Happy Moderation, or Finding the Just-Right Life

| November 26, 2013 | 6 Comments

It’s coming on winter in the Rockies now, and I’ve shifted from making icy-cold, fizzy concoctions in the Sodastream to preparing round after round of hot beverages during my work day. The day almost always starts with coffee, then around 2:00 I switch to tea or cocoa (fair trade, dontcha know) for the rest of […]

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The Grocery Store Puzzle: Local, Organic, Cruelty-Free, Non-GMO…Who Has Time for This?

The Grocery Store Puzzle: Local, Organic, Cruelty-Free, Non-GMO…Who Has Time for This?

| November 1, 2013 | 3 Comments

I will, from time to time, stop into Costco to buy a few things.   99% of what they sell are things we will never eat, most in the processed food aisles.  But they also sell great things like organic olive oil in huge quantities, healthy meat and seafood, and organic frozen produce.  So on a […]

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Whole Foods Market Food Stamp Challenge:  Post Mortem

Whole Foods Market Food Stamp Challenge: Post Mortem

| October 4, 2013 | 2 Comments

The day after my Whole Foods Market Food Stamp Challenge ended, I found myself standing at the counter at my favorite coffee joint,  The Bean Cycle in Fort Collins, waiting for my 2% latte with an extra shot of espresso.  I noticed on the counter a stack of chocolate bars – not just any good […]

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You Say Salami, I Say Salumi…

You Say Salami, I Say Salumi…

| November 12, 2012 | 1 Comment

I don’t know if there is a better meal for me than a bottle of wine, a loaf of crusty bread, a wedge of aged cheese, and a log of beautiful sustainably-produced salumi (aka charcuterie, if you prefer the Francais). Properly made and aged, good dry-aged cured meats are a wonderful thing indeed – not […]

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Finding the Good Stuff: Great Places to Find Local, Sustainable, Organic Food

Finding the Good Stuff: Great Places to Find Local, Sustainable, Organic Food

| November 8, 2012 | 6 Comments

Where do you find the good stuff? Here are some ways to scout out foods that are local, organic, sustainably-raised, grass-fed—whatever your preference is.

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What’s the Ultimate Daily Pleasure?   (Part 1)

What’s the Ultimate Daily Pleasure? (Part 1)

| November 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

Hint: No Corkscrew Required, and You Can Keep Your Clothes On Friends will sometimes give me the stink eye when I mention I went to check out a new bakery in the middle of the workday, or made my own mozzarella, or started the day with a long walk along the creek with a friend.  […]

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