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Sorting the Books, part 1

May 29, 2014

First published a year ago in The Public Humanist. Wonder where we are today? It’s that time again. If you read, if you have a weakness for shiny stacks of paperbacks in airports, or the carousel of sale books at the library—they’re only a dollar!—then you know what happens. You stack a few sideways in […]

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October 25, 2013

Cut vegetables…roots, alliums, Brussels sprouts, you name it. Similar sizes are good, larger for softer veg, smaller for the ones that take a while to cook. Ample olive oil, salt, herbs if you like. Potatoes and onions with sage, yum. Sweet potatoes with mustard seeds, lemon and garam masala. Etc. Toss. Roast in a slow […]

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Drowning (Swimming?) in Books

May 30, 2013

Latest essay for The Public Humanist, in which I discuss our little “book problem.” Part one of many, I should imagine.

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Wildly inspiring use of a small space for habitation

October 5, 2011

This is the kind of thing that gets me so excited I can’t sleep: Description of the project here.

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Underwriter’s knot

December 20, 2010

Ms. Fix-It is at it again, working on a broken lamp this time, and in the process I learned how to tie an “underwriter’s knot.” I’ve scoured the web to learn why it might be called this, to no avail. My best guess is this: if you tie this knot, used in both light sockets […]

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Fix it yourself (and translate it yourself)

November 4, 2010

It’s been an autumn of breakage: glassware, appliances large and small, the exhaust on a car, one of the heaters, light bulbs fizzling out in every direction, a couple of hard drives. The toilet handle was only the latest thing to go, and my husband, with a sigh of resignation, started to dial the plumber. […]

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Don’t rake your leaves

October 1, 2010

The lawn is way too beautiful like this.

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