Author Archives: rurikia

Book Review: China Bride

China Bride Luk, Henry Forge, New York, 1998 A completely random book selected by chance from the clearance table at Hastings on a rainy morning with nothing better to do.  Perhaps not totally by chance, as the cover had an … Continue reading

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Random Food of the Day

Potato and cheese galette found at the West Seattle farmer’s market

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Random Food of the Day

Ahhh, the joys of Dungeness Crab season in the Pacific Northwest

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Random Food of the Day

Walnut-encrusted layered carrot cake.

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Book Review: The Heidenmauer; or, The Benedictines. A legend of the Rhine

The Heidenmauer; or, The Benedictines. A legend of the Rhine Cooper, James Fenimore W.A. Townsend and Company, New York, 1861 Background: One of Cooper’s lesser-known novels, this book focuses on the destruction of the Limburg monastery by the combined forces … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Buddha in the Attic

The Buddha in the Attic Otsuka, Julie 2011, Vintage Bought off the “local interest” shelf at City Lights during a brief stop in San Francisco, and read against the context of having visited Manzanar and the OK hotel in Seattle, … Continue reading

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5 Days at the (Bohemian Studios) Barre

There comes a point in the midst of life when things are clearly no longer what they were.  For me, that manifested itself in a sudden increase in pant size from 32 to 34 to 36 inches, and the actual … Continue reading

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