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Cheryl
Voice of 5 Second Rule; Author of Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables (2012)
Interests: food, education, nutrition
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We have a ping pong table. You need to visit. Then you can explain the appeal of golf to me, for I haven't yet discovered its far-ranging pleasures.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Go for the ping. at 5 second rule
Hi Wee-Lee! Welcome to my little virtual home. Happy to have you here. Your boys are both so multitalented. I think you'll start to see inversions every where you look! See you, I'm quite sure, very soon. c.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Behold the first inversion. at 5 second rule
I often just top muffins with coarse demerara sugar but I wanted something a little different this time. The pepita sugar has the faintest green tinge to it, but the flavor is subtle and a bit mysterious.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Go for the ping. at 5 second rule
Go play. Unless you live in a snowy clime. Just... play.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Go for the ping. at 5 second rule
Ping back! (Get it?)
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Go for the ping. at 5 second rule
Right? Don't you want to make a purring kitten muffin? I don't want my muffins to be too intense. Mornings need to be mellow.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Go for the ping. at 5 second rule
I have the best readers, you among them, Jean. I love that so many of you love books as much as I do!
Toggle Commented Nov 13, 2014 on When books live on. at 5 second rule
You've always got a room here, E. xo
Toggle Commented Nov 13, 2014 on When books live on. at 5 second rule
I have a thin-point Sharpie I use for writing in all my cookbooks. All of them. I decided years ago that they're not museum objects, or pristine, sleeve-encased rare stamps whose value will decline if they get small tears or fingerprints. I love making notations on recipes -- what I liked, what I didn't, what I changed, whom I served, whether I would or wouldn't make it again. I'm not sure whom I'm writing these notes for -- me? Someone else who may inherit the books in the future? But the notations in permanent ink are my way of saying: I made this. I was here.
Toggle Commented Nov 11, 2014 on When books live on. at 5 second rule
Do it! I'd love for you to circle back and let us know which ones you rediscovered that delight you in particular.
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2014 on When books live on. at 5 second rule
Thank you, Sally. Maybe the absence of books is what makes some hotel rooms (with exceptions, of course) feel so sterile?
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2014 on When books live on. at 5 second rule
I'd love to see your book collection. I wonder if it would surprise me?
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2014 on When books live on. at 5 second rule
"We sell paper backs, comic books, entertainment, and community." I love that sentence so much, the last word in particular. Thank YOU for doing what you do.
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2014 on When books live on. at 5 second rule
MJ! I feel like your dad is still such a vibrant presence, and I love getting to know him bit by bit over time through your words and memories, though I know he's physically gone. I'm glad you have his books. When the time is right, you'll know which ones to keep and which to pass along. No need to rush it.
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2014 on When books live on. at 5 second rule
Sometimes circumstances, and space, necessitate a paring down of one's collection, as it may in your case. (Good luck with your upcoming move!) There's joy, still, in looking through them one last time and remembering when you first read each one, or what motivated you to buy it in the first place, before you box it up or send it on to its next owner. I also think this experience is best when sitting on the floor. (I'm not 100% sure why.)
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2014 on When books live on. at 5 second rule
xoxoxoxoxooxoxoxoxxo I know how busy you are. You're sweet to take time out of your day to hang out here, friend!
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2014 on When books live on. at 5 second rule
You're so kind, Monica. No one should tell anyone else what they should or shouldn't treasure. Treasures are personal. For me, it's cookbooks. For others, stamps, coins, or even figurines. My husband used to work at eBay, and you should have seen the kinds of things people who use that service collect! It's all over the map. Keep your books and love them forever, and proudly so. Thank you for reading.
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2014 on When books live on. at 5 second rule
There's something that feels morally wrong about tossing a book into the trash or even the recycle bin. I maintain, and it sounds like you agree, that they deserve to be saved, somehow, even if the reason for doing so isn't immediately apparent. Also, it's nice to see you here in the public comments section. I tend to get your comments emailed privately, but I'm glad you're now sharing them with others, too.
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2014 on When books live on. at 5 second rule
If we were neighbors, I'd be over at your house all the time with empty Tupperware. I'm not sure how much you'd like that in reality, though I'm game if you are. (Do I have to move to Texas, though?)
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2014 on When books live on. at 5 second rule
I love that. You're right about the words, too. They live on in ways those who penned them probably never realized. I think that's what's so powerful about releasing works like these into the world. You never know what recipe, or head note, or story, or nugget will really move someone, or when.
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2014 on When books live on. at 5 second rule
I can't help it either. It's okay to romanticize things. There are worse things to do, right?
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2014 on When books live on. at 5 second rule
Aw, you're welcome. Pull the covers up tight. It's cold.
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2014 on When books live on. at 5 second rule
I'll look up the poem. Thank you for the recommendation. I attended a conference session recently at the Book Club of California where the speaker, a self-described bibliophile & collector named Randall Tarpey-Schwed, did a slideshow of all the books in his collection inscribed by M.F.K. Fisher and James Beard (among others). He was able to infer so much about their relationship over time based wholly on what they'd written in the books they inscribed to each other. It was fascinating!
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2014 on When books live on. at 5 second rule
Jackie! I'm honored that you took the time to come over here and check out my online work. You're one of very few people who've seen the new book. Thanks for your hard work in helping me bring it to the world. And you do have much to look forward to. With two kids under 5, you're very much in the hyper-kinetic thick of things right now. Parenting swirls and curves but eventually, for many (most? one hopes...) of us settles into a more controlled form of chaos over time.
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2014 on Behold the first inversion. at 5 second rule
I would like nothing better than to come to Melbourne and eat muffins with you. Truly. I've never been to Australia...
Toggle Commented Oct 27, 2014 on Behold the first inversion. at 5 second rule