From left: Harley Farms (Pescadero, California) “Monet:” goat cheese with a layer of Herbs de Provence and decorated with edible flowers, the infamous Fleur Verte: goat cheese coated with dried thyme, tarragon, and crushed pink peppercorns, and Fresco Italia’s Quattro Stagioni soft cow’s milk round with edible flower
Some readers might remember my adoration for txacolina, a mineral-rich white wine from the Basque region of Spain. Urki’s Getariako Txakolina is a new discovery from Paul Marcus. It is a beautiful experience. The cork smelled of vanilla and flowers, and the txacolina was crisp and dry as expected, and citrus-y too, yet gentle (perhaps gentler than the Xarmant Txakolina), effervescent, but without any sour bite.
I’ve been working hard re-working the garden and I really want a chaise longue so that I can enjoy the fruits of my labor. Keeping in mind that my qualifications for chaises are arms (essential for resting elbows while reading), simplicity (they can’t overwhelm my craftsman bungalow), and general good looks, which of these do you think most desirable?
Education policy. What is the connection between public high schools and two and four year colleges? Whatever it is it isn’t enough. So much of the education debate takes place around K-12 that we leave out any consideration of what our students go on to post-diploma. The NY Times explores one side of this issue. (NY Times)
My students are doing incredible research on social justice issues. One group is focusing on the enormous issue of prostitution, while another is looking at human trafficking. My ears perked up when I heard this debate on NPR last night. Also thrilled to have discovered Intelligence Squared U.S.(NPR)
More on prostitution: This is an incredible story taking place as we speak in the life of one woman, her lawyers, and a flawed justice system. Read the story and send a letter. (FreeDebbie)
Pop-Up Stores…ever since Refinery29 started talking about their pop-up Save Fashion I’ve been intrigued. All of a sudden I’m having crazy ideas about Rockridge and Pop-Up stores…more on Pop-Ups and Save Fashion: (Refinery29) (Save Fashion) (Business Week)
More, more, and more gardening. I’m working on the landscape, a vegetable garden, and a cutting garden for my flower arranging. Had a great morning at Longs on 51st the other day (sounds crazy but this is a well-respected garden center for you skeptical non-East Bay-ers). Here’s one of my favorite purchases:
Aquilegia ‘Origami Blue and White’
Prolific long-spurred blooms are a favorite of hummingbirds. Beautifully rounded plant habit, airy silver-gray foliage. Good choice for cutting, naturalizing. Plant in sun or partial shade 12″ apart. Grows to 16″ tall.
I’m immensely saddened by today’s ruling. I’m also incredibly proud of the citizens who peacefully exercised their right to protest, and who invoked the spirit of dissent–that truly American spirit–through civil disobedience. May we all follow in these brave souls’ footsteps, and may all of us have the right to marry.
I haven’t mentioned soothing in a while because I was afraid the term got overexposed, but summer is close, and it seems appropriate to resurrect it. Moccasins in general soothe. White Car Shoe moccasins? Super soothe.
So–there are less than 3 weeks till school’s out and while my students are probably daydreaming about keggers and no curfew my mind is set on warm afternoons spent with rosé and good friends (and possibly some fleur verte). I’m excited about this bottle of Shramsberg generously bestowed on me by my favorite neighbors/friends/partners:
Most of you NPR listeners have probably already heard of StoryCorps. If you haven’t, this is it:
StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening.
By recording the stories of our lives with the people we care about, we experience our history, hopes, and humanity. Since 2003, tens of thousands of everyday people have interviewed family and friends through StoryCorps. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to take home and share, and is archived for generations to come at the Library of Congress. Millions listen to our award-winning broadcasts on public radio and the Internet. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, creating a growing portrait of who we really are as Americans.