Friday, April 29, 2005

The Happy Cooker

Published by BBC books and not so readily available here in the US, I was finally able to order and receive a copy of Ainsley Harriot's All New Meals In Minutes cookbook. The warm, funny, and wonderful host of the UK's Ready, Set, Cook who also had his own cooking show here in the US for a short time back in 2000, Harriot has put together 80 tasty and time-saving recipes that I can't wait to try, including the Thai Mussels in Curry Broth that I've been hearing about from several people I know who have prepared it – in under thirty minutes. Needless to say, I'm happy to have this one on the cookbook shelf in my kitchen, and will be putting it to use very soon.

This weekend will be one that takes me off the "workshop" circuit for a wee bit, and places me at home in front of my computer to continue the much-needed work on the third draft of my current novel, and a few other things I've been avoiding like the plague. Clearly, as the saying goes: these things don't write themselves, folks. So it'll be a weekend of "backside planted firmly in chair" – and working to get it done.

Hope your weekend's a great one, whatever you'll be doing. Whatever it is, make it a good one. Peace.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Poetry In Motion

The poetry reading I attended last night was actually in the private loft of another aspiring poet and New York University professor. It had all the "wine and cheese" amenities of a Soho gallery opening and the pieces that were either read of performed by several youthful inner city artists were nothing short of amazing. With the true aura of the coffee house poetry readings of the beat generation in the 60s, these readings are becoming more and more popular here in NYC, and it's clearly a good thing that they are.

And speaking of NYC, or better still, using the age-old tagline: Only In New York – I'm wondering if someone could tell me how, oh how on earth, could a NY cabbie or anyone else feel they could cause something like 3-car pile-up yesterday afternoon -- and then try to speed away (down 42nd St…yes, I said FORTY-SECOND STREET) in broad daylight??

The mind boggles.

Anyway, make it a good day, all. Peace.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

PBS Does It Again

Hats off to PBS and their documentary series Frontline for bringing certain cases to light that probably would never have been heard of otherwise. One such case happened back in 1931 in Hawaii, and is fully outlined here at: . For me, after viewing this on a recent segment of Frontline, it held all the makings of a major, page-turning crime novel and is one of those historical accounts that linger in your mind long after you've seen and heard the facts. So rather than trying to outline it all here, if you have a moment, do give a look at this intriguing happening murder, passion, and in the eyes of many who were close to the case at that time, the flagrant injustices (and yes, sorry to say...racism) that existed in America's penal system. Powerful stuff here, and kudos again to Frontline for bringing us these hard-hitting stories from years past that still impact our lives today in many ways.

Dull, dreary, and raining here in NYC today – but later this evening I'll be dropping in at an inner city poetry reading in Greenwich Village so I'll muddle my way through the day somehow, I guess. I don't have the exact location of this poetry happening yet as I agreed to tag along with a colleague and aspiring poet for this one, but since she is one of the poets we'll be hearing from tonight, I'm looking forward!

Hope you're having clearer weather in your neck of the woods today, and make it a good one. Peace.