Year of 50 new things

The story of my commemorative celebration of my 50th year — by trying out 50 new things I’d never done before.

Achieving More Firsts, & Friday Good Fortune
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Achieving More Firsts, & Friday Good Fortune

Friday the 13th has always been a good day for me. I remember, as a child, wondering why people were so afraid of it, especially since Friday the 13th was the day when my sister and I received our first horse. We named him Friday’s Luck, or Lucky for short. He was an obstinate little…

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Crockpot Chili — yum!

Well! I am both startled and pleased — I’ve had a crockpot dish that every single person enthusiastically told me I should definitely make again! That’s always a lovely feeling. :) Strangely enough, this is about the simplest recipe I’ve tried in a while, and I don’t recall where I got it from — it…

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The Campbell “Boogie on the Bayou!” street fair

I love being able to stack up automatic posts ahead of time! :) Had a really fun time at the “Boogie on the Bayou” festival in Campbell: got a beautiful new Venetian-style mask (that’s it to the immediate left); got to listen to some Cajun music; and got to eat crawfish etoufee, alligator kebab, and…

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Planning the Natural Yard

Okay, this posting is going to be a not-so-quick recap of stuff I want to keep track of for my yard work, and I’ll keep adding to it as I learn more stuff to do. I’ll work more on the compost idea later; for now, some very useful URLs: the National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for…

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The Amazing Lovecraftian Jellyfish-Cloud!

Blerg. Upcoming school weirdness is distracting. That plus some unpleasant news sort of ate the creative part of my brain for a bit. Back now, however, and feeling much better after a good night’s sleep and a nice breakfast of scrambled eggs with blue cheese — rather tasty and interesting flavor from that! It’s a…

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What is community? part 1: Arcosanti

Photos are at the end of this article; all are clickable for larger versions. You will need to use the Back button on your browser to return to this page. Enjoy! :) Arcosanti was designed in the 70’s by Paolo Soleri, who dreamed of ecologically friendly cities. His soaring design precludes cars, integrates multiple levels…