Candy-Making Lesson

  I tried to make hard candy the other day so I could put it on the birthday list. I ended up with a pool of badly burnt sugar. It was going fine at first. I heated up sugar, water, and corn syrup. The mix had to get to 310 degrees, and it took FOREVER […]

Believing in People

  I attended an award ceremony at Harvard the other night. Eddie Izzard was receiving a “lifetime achievement award in cultural humanism.” I hadn’t heard the term humanism before, but it turns out I’m a humanist! I’ve heard the terms atheist and agnostic…I have loosely considered myself agnostic. In my online dating profile, I say […]

Daughter of the American Revolution

  Latest genie discovery: I am a daughter of the American Revolution. My sixth great grandfather (!) fought in the Revolutionary War. Incredible! I can’t wait for the next genie surprise… In birthday list news, I am currently read Saul Bellow’s Henderson the Rain King. It’s on the Modern Library’s Top 100 Novels list. And […]

It’s Almost V-Day

  February 14 is V-Day, a day to call for the end of violence toward girls and women. V-Day was inspired by Eve Ensler’s play Vagina Monologues. Each year, people are invited to produce Vagina Monologues, and the proceeds go to female victims of violence and sexual abuse. Visit the V-Day or One Billion Rising […]

Why We Can’t Wait

  I just finished MLK Jr.’s book Why We Can’t Wait. It’s #78 on the Modern Library’s 100 Best Nonfiction list. What a history lesson. Sure, I learned a brief overview of the civil rights movement in high–school history classes…and I’ve seen it in the background of various television shows and movies. But to read […]