Monthly Archives: December 2012

11 Unusual New Year’s Eve Traditions

      From my column at the Washington Times Communities   WASHINGTON DC, December 31, 2012-The coming of a new year is often accompanied by a great deal of custom and superstition. Even though different cultures celebrate the ending of one year and beginning of a new one in different ways, celebrations are almost […]

Blog of the Year Award 1 star jpeg December 30

Blog of the Year 2012!

One of my favorite bloggers, Kim at Tranquil Dreams made my day this morning by awarding me the 2012 Blog of the Year Award.  If you haven’t checked out Tranquil Dreams, you should!  I love the post on Dim Sum, which I would eat every day if I had the choice and metabolism; all the […]

Top Ten Books Read In 2012

WASHINGTON DC, December 28, 2012- I read a few books this year.  I don’t know how many exactly, but probably not as many as I would have liked.  I did read Fall of Giants, Shogun, and Tai Pan- all really long novels.  It was a little difficult to pick my favorites, and since I have […]

Shogun, James Clavell

***** Shogun Asian Saga #3 Author: James Clavell First Edition: 1975 Original language: English Summary: It is 1598 and John Blackthorne is the English pilot of the Dutch vessel, Erasmus.  Running from enemies in South American waters, Blackthorne becomes the first English pilot to reach Japan after a seemingly hopeless two-year voyage across the Pacific. […]

My NEW Motobecane Cafe Noir December 26

Upgrade?

My husband has been dumping on my bike for a few months.  He kept telling me that I’d outgrown my Cannodale Quick 6, but I wanted to keep riding it for sentimental reasons.  It was the first bike I’ve had since I’m 12, and is truly responsible for a positive all-encompassing change in my life, […]

OK I Couldn’t Resist…

Show us what you got!   Did I mention there’s a messy-wrapped something that looks like a bike under my tree?      

Carne Desmechada, Colombian Ropa Vieja With Egg

  (serves 4) Ingredients: 1 Flank Steak (about 1 lb.) 1 medium yellow or white onion, small dice 1 medium yellow or white onion, cut in 4 1 carrot, peeled and cut into 2-3 pieces 2 medium tomatoes, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 Tbs. Olive or vegetable oil 1 Tbs. tomato paste 1 tsp. […]

The Many Versions of A Visit From St. Nicholas (‘Twas the Night Before Christmas)

WASHINGTON DC, December 23, 2012- Few works of literature have had as many alternate versions written as Clement Clarke Moore‘s A Visit From St. Nicholas (‘Twas the Night Before Christmas).  Here are a few of the ones I’ve found. My favorite by far is the Spanglish version, for obvious reasons: A Spanglish ‘Twas the Night […]

Pencil wreath by Kellygolightly December 22

10 DIY Christmas Ideas (It’s not too late!)

From my column at the Washington Times Communities WASHINGTON DC, December 21, 2012- If you haven’t done it all for Christmas yet, don’t fret.  There’s still time to for that perfect gift or the perfect touch for your holiday party.  All of the links that follow lead to tutorials or pictures of easy crafts and inspiration […]

aPACOlypto 12-21-12 (and his friend the kitty)

Paco’s prepared… Related articles New Moon December 2012: Gateway to 12.21.12 – Anna Chapman (returningtohouse.wordpress.com) 12/12/12 (glimpsesbymelanie.wordpress.com)

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