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My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Why not?
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. I hope I haven't accomplished it yet.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. I'm a language geek and it really gets to me when people (especially those who are supposed to know better-like newscasters) misuse "bring" and "take" and "less" and "fewer." Petty but I can't help it.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. It's a tossup between Gargantua and Pantagruel & Garp--I like my heroes flawed and funny.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Historical character is kind of an oxymoron. But I'm going to take the question as it is and respond with a real person(s) who was a character-- larger than life. I would like to meet Bessie Coleman and Josephine Baker, congratulate each on having the courage to be who they were, break rules, defy convention,define themselves--and say "thank you."
December 05, 2008Kitchen Confession
It feels a little odd and may even seem a bit disingenuous to write an essay about how much I love to cook as I sit here munching on my dinner--the fourth turkey sandwich in as many days. So let me be clear—while I most often do not prepare real meals for myself, I love to cook—when I have an audience.
I haven’t actually thought of preparing a meal as a live performance before this very moment but for me, that’s essentially what it is. Not FoodTV performance—which is really a demonstration— for me it... see more