Friday, November 09, 2012

'The Effect'

I had the pleasure today of interviewing Linda Hoy, author of a terrifically entertaining and thought provoking book called The Effect.  The book explains how spirituality and science not only can co-exist, the principles of one can actually help support those of the other. 

Ms. Hoy takes readers on a bit of an intellectual roller coaster, exploring issues of life, death, afterlife, time and multiple universes.  The ride includes Aboriginal philosophy, research into near-death experiences, quotes from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, the art of Salvador Dali, a primer on quantum physics and lessons learned from the movie, Groundhog's Day.  It's written in an fun and accessible way that is sensitive to the inevitable questions the topic raises from both the scientific and religious communities.

I'll have much more on this book soon.  Stay tuned...

Monday, October 29, 2012

Curious choices

I'm at work on a day when one of the worst storms on record is about to come on shore.  They're predicting all sorts of doom and destruction.  A co-worker was kind enough to bring in two boxes of donuts for those of us who came in early. 

In the boxes was an assortment of donuts - glazed, cake, frosted, sprinkled, cream filled.  I normally would have passed altogether, but using the far-fetched rationalization that if the storm is as bad as predicted, this could be the last donut I'll ever eat, I took one.  But I was very curious about the choice I made for this last-ever donut.  It was some sort of weird-colored cake donut.  Not one I would have picked if I had gone to the store myself. 

Hate to think that I'll spend my last day on earth obsessing on why I picked this particular donut.

Sunday, January 29, 2012


A collaboration with my colleague and fellow Kentuckian, John McIntyre. He voiced the original "Grammarnoir" scripts that were written starting in 2009 to celebrate the National Grammar Day. I added a little audio sweetening.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Curried Beans

I shouldn't complain about the cold because we've had a mercifully mild winter. But yesterday was on the chilly side and I was looking for a quick, easy and warming dish that we could throw together for dinner.

The photo doesn't do the dish justice. In fact, I'm discovering that when I use my phone to snap a shot of anything boiling or simmering, the result is that it looks like something floating in slime. Next time we make it, I'll shoot the finished product instead.

This recipe came off one of our old hand-written cards, but I think it's based in part or whole on a similar recipe in Annemarie Colbin's "The Book of Whole Meals."

Curried Beans

2 cups kidney beans
8 cups water

1 tsp sea salt or to taste

1 medium yellow onion

2 cloves garlic

2 Tbs corn oil

1/2 tsp curry or to taste

Place the beans in a 2-quart saucepan, then wash and pick them over. Cover beans with water and soak for 6-8 hours. (Or to save time, bring beans to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 2 minutes; turn off heat, cover, and soak in the hot water for 2 hours.)
To cook, make sure the beans are covered with water, then simmer for 1 hour or until tender. Add the salt, and simmer for 5 minutes more. Strain, reserving the liquid for use in soup.

Chop the onion; crush and mince the garlic. In a 2-quart saucepan, heat oil and saute garlic, then onion; add curry, stirring well, then add 2 cups cooked beans. Cook for 10 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally. Add some bean liquid if the mixture is too dry.

The recipe says to serve atop polenta, which is typically the way we make it. And there's usually enough polenta left over to make corn mush that we serve the next day for breakfast, with a little maple syrup on top. But it's also good on top of rice, which is what we opted for this weekend.