The work requires concentration: a tale of an industry then and now

Harriette Smith at work in 1945

Before Sue and I ever even thought of venturing into the music industry, long before we were even a blink in our parents’ eyes, even before long-playing albums – remember those? – the figure of the music plugger reigned supreme. … Continue reading

Campari and Orange Cake – could we possibly pass it up?

Yosi Pozeilov Photography

At this time of the year, even in climate blessed California, we are scouring the markets for fruit offerings other than apples and oranges. Eagerly awaiting for peaches and strawberries, we are nonetheless stuck with apples and oranges, unless we … Continue reading

Pimp-my-sponge cake: making the most of what you got.


sofabrother has been experimenting with a mother sponge. His concept is to create a basic mix that can be customised to suit season/taste/recycling of left over ingredients. He made a dozen the other day and I thought they were very … Continue reading

On Beauty: Lupita Nyong’o.


“I received a letter from a girl and I’d like to share just a small part of it with you: “Dear Lupita,” it reads, “I think you’re really lucky to be this Black but yet this successful in Hollywood overnight. … Continue reading

How to organize your kitchen properly (you did ask)

Kicthen organization

Nearly twenty years ago, when I still lived the single life in a sunny apartment I mostly saw during the night hours, an unlikely book caught my attention. Even more unlikely, I shelled out $35 for a nearly 900 page … Continue reading

Rewild heaven – the story of the wolves of Yellowstone Park.


Every now and then I read something that gives me hope. Let me clarify – something involving the efforts of real, living, engaged human beings – who identify something that will improve life. And who then get to it. Last week … Continue reading

A life in the day of Kathy Gruver: natural health practitioner (and trapeze artist in training)

Kathy Gruver

“I wasn’t in the present moment when I let go too early. I was in the future.” Sitting across from Kathy Gruver, PhD, LMT,RM, at a table outside the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf on the Santa Monica Pier on … Continue reading