What I made for dinner last night…

Salt cod, bay leaves and garlic in a pot with water, ready to start cooking.

Completed salt cod and leek gratin dotted with oil cured olives in an oval metal baking dish.

Half moon pieces of delicata squash roasted with curry powder. Served in a circular metal bowl.

Salt Cod and Leek Gratin

Roasted Delicata Squash

The State of the Culture, 2024 - by Ted Gioia

The tech CEOs know this is harmful, but they do it anyway. A whistleblower released internal documents showing how Instagram use leads to depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. Mark Zuckerberg was told all the disturbing details.

An important read?… I am wondering if the dopamine addiction depression is what prevents people who have otherwise good lives from seeing they are good?… is this a reason why a lot of people are thinking about voting for 45 again?…

Destabilizing national security threat???

Every day I have to take a few deep breaths, in, out, in, out. These are frightening times. Ukraine deserves our support. I don’t want to live in a world where Russia succeeds in occupying Ukraine. 45’s brownshirts in congress are trying to make sure I do.

heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/februar…

Today’s big story continues to be Trump’s statement that he “would encourage [Russia] to do whatever the hell they want” to countries that are part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) if those countries are, in his words, “delinquent.” Both Democrats and Republicans have stood firm behind NATO since Dwight D. Eisenhower ran for president in 1952 to put down the isolationist wing of the Republican Party, and won.

I would vote for a paper bag over 45.

As I watch the hand wringing about 45 on MSNBC, I wonder, how could anyone be considering voting for 45 again? How is it we as a country seem prepared to be that stupid? It shouldn’t even be close. Yet it is.

I am starting a statement necklace collection! And yes, I do wear them:-)

Shadow selfie on hood of a car in the early morning. Streetlight is source of light. Frost on the hood of the car.

Hood of a BMW with frost sparkling in the streetlight illumination.

Frosty white car parked on street in the foreground, buildings and predawn sky in the background.

Multicolored plaid cloth mask on concrete pavement.

Selfie in the left lobe of a neon heart in a shop window.

South American type feminine mask, painted and decorated.

Fine art plastic monster in a gallery window.

Old fashioned undulating metal lamp shade and clear glass bulb lighting the scene. Shop interior blurred background in deep shadows.

Mushroom lamp in store. Wooden child’s rotary telephone in foreground.

Blue metal Highlands Current newspaper dispenser box on sidewalk next to a utility pole.

Demolition landscape with steel beams, bank vault, concrete slab outlining the footprint of a building torn down.

From this morning’s walk…

Self portrait with black and white zig-zag knit cap, green crystal frame glasses, illuminated by streetlight.

Street lights through car window covered with dew and raindrops.

Crack in concrete pavement running from top to bottom of horizontal frame on right side.

Building facade with wind two rows of windows, bottom windows illuminated by decorative holiday lights.

Gas station street scape framed by gas price signage.

Abstract composition of gently curved strip of plastic running across top of vertically framed asphalt pavement section.

Now heading into my third week of COVID. My first time in the rodeo. Can’t imagine what getting it in the beginning would have been like. I am fully vaccinated and got Paxlovid in the beginning of this round. So tired of not being able to go anywhere.

Self portrait with resin necklace and b&w zigzag knit cap…

Honk if you agree with this sentiment!

Who’s to say that intelligence won’t escape the bounds of instinct one day?

I have been doing some tidying up of various online accounts and replacing debit cards in those accounts with a new one necessitated by the compromising of my old one. I am astonished by how uniformly badly the majority of these websites work and how awful the experience is.

Anyone else trying out Kagi search?

January 24, 2024 - by Heather Cox Richardson

More news dropped today about the damage MAGA Republicans are doing to the United States. A report published today in JAMA Internal Medicine estimates that in the 14 states that outlawed abortion after the Supreme Court’s June 2022 Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, 64,565 women became pregnant after being raped, “but few (if any) obtained in-state abortions legally.”

… let’s repeat… since R v W overturned, in just 14 states, 64,565 women became pregnant after being raped and were unable to obtain legal abortions…

January 20, 2024 - by Heather Cox Richardson

An interesting HCR this morning…

The attempt to create distrust of large financial institutions is part of a larger attempt to destabilize the institutions of democracy. Trump is the figurehead for that attempt, but it is larger than him, and it will outlast him.

It’s Always Been Michael, Never Mike :: Essays On Attention Paid

Feminine me is tossing masculine me’s uniform aside. Boring! She has brought purple, magenta, blue/green, and blue into the mix. Her preferred clothing purveyors are J. Jill and Poetry. She likes contemplating questions like, what color lipstick looks good on me? Should I get purple highlights in my hair? Should I get my brows done? What sort of eye makeup should I wear?

Creativity is less a ‘what’, a thing that is done, than a manner in which whatever it may be is approached. It is not an entity, but a disposition towards the world.

(Iain McGilchrist, The Matter With Things)

This is the proper way to prepare a Christmas tree for burial.

Christmas tree wrapped in red sheet lying on top of a snow bank.

January 16, 2024 - by Heather Cox Richardson

This is aa good general statement of where we are at in the election in generageneral, but this stood out…

White evangelicals heartily endorse a crook and a rapist apparently because they expect that he will put in place the world they envision, one controlled by white, patriarchal evangelical Christians.

… every Christian who doesn’t share the evangelical point of view should be out there loudly and continuously denouncing it… this is an absolute perversion of Christian faith…

Finished reading Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle, by Emily Nagoski, Amelia Nagoski

This is a great book with lessons for men and women, but particularly for women. It also hit me at a very important transition moment in my life and helped to solidify the foundations of that transition.

Snow early in the morning…

Streetscape looking down snow dusted sidewalk in front of a tattoo parlor storefront with green light from the parlor illuminating the scene.

And just now our dogs got into a rare fight over a treat. That’s enough excitement for the day, thank you very much!

We attended a super spreader event last night… we had fun but now wait to see if our covid luck has run out. The performer is Vibeke Saugestadt, a friend of ours. She was debuting her new band. I am told she has a good following in Norway where she is from.

Woman singing into a mic at a bar surrounded by her fans.