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Picky copyeditor/mom of 3 loves to read, cook, and watch movies.
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Yeah, I know theres tons of discussion about it out there (and I didnt read that whole page!), but the research on brain scans from actual neurologists is compelling to me. Something different is going on some peoples brains.
Toggle Commented Mar 15, 2023 on Aphantasia at verbatim
I know lots and lots of people who do indeed say that they SEE an apple when they close their eyes rather than just IMAGINE it. (And in fact, there are people with hyperphantasia who see things in their mind perfectly realistic detail!) Of course none of us can experience what is going on in another persons mind, but the neurological studies that show which parts of the brain light up in the presence of visual imagery are quite convincing! Dr. Adam Zemans work in particular is fascinating.
Toggle Commented Mar 15, 2023 on Aphantasia at verbatim
Whoops, I missed my own Blogiversary! Last week this blog turned 20 years old! It's no longer a teen (although I still feel like one sometimes...). As always, I want to thank those of you who still stop by to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2023 at verbatim
About a month ago, a friend in my editors chat group mentioned that she had only just discovered that she has aphantasia, or the inability to visualize. She said that she was stunned to discover that her husband could close... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2023 at verbatim
Greetings, friends! A little this, a little that today. After almost 3 years, covid finally caught up with me and Andy a few weeks ago. We have been among the most cautious people we know—since March 2020 we haven't eaten... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2023 at verbatim
Happy New Year! Hope 2023 is off to a good start for everyone. I have lots of book and movie reviews to catch you up on. I normally don't read suspense novels, at least in part because I'm not fond... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2023 at verbatim
Me again, can you believe it? I thought I would show you some of the wonderful cookbooks I've edited recently. The first one I want to mention is especially near and dear to my heart, because Jacques Pépin is my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2022 at verbatim
Hey you guys, remember blogging? Apparently I forgot about it for several MONTHS. I apologize. All is well, just kind of lost track of this thing. (Maybe now that social media is imploding, blogs will make a comeback and I'll... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2022 at verbatim
Hot enough fer ya? (If you are reading this in the future, let it be known that when I typed this, it had been in the 90s all week, and over 100° elsewhere.) But I have air conditioning, so I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2022 at verbatim
My friend Steve asked if I'd read 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami because he was itching to talk about it. I hadn't—so he sent it to me! All 3 volumes, almost 1200 pages! I was very skeptical at first because it... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2022 at verbatim
First I'm going to share a recipe, and then I'm going to do a boring old-lady post, since I'll be 60 soon! No, that is not an April Fools' Day joke. It's true. I kept reading about Korean rice cakes,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2022 at verbatim
On March 8, 2004, I decided to start a blog. That blog is now 18 years old and can thus vote, buy a lottery ticket, and get a tattoo. I send my heartfelt thanks to all of you reading this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2022 at verbatim
Happy New Year! I hope January treated you all well. It's been a while since I let you know about some of the many wonderful books I've edited. First, a few months ago I got a big package in the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2022 at verbatim
Look at me posting twice in one week! I have more recipes to share. First, remember that awesome tofu stir-fry recipe I shared a while back? Guess what, it just got better! As instructed, I had been dusting the pressed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2021 at verbatim
You didn't think I'd let 2021 end without checking in one more time, did you? (Maybe even twice, if I can swing it.) Hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and either got to see their family or had family who understood... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2021 at verbatim
A few years ago I read Any Human Heart by William Boyd and was blown away (review here). So I was delighted to see that he had another book of the same ilk (by which I mean a loooong novel... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2021 at verbatim
Greetings! I keep a list of things I want to blog about if I ever get around to blogging again ... and lately there seem to be a lot of chicken recipes, so I thought I'd get a couple of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2021 at verbatim
Yikes, it's almost September! Hope everyone managed to have safe fun for the last couple of months. We went up to Maine a couple of times, but we mostly prefer to avoid crowds (now more than ever, obvs), so we're... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2021 at verbatim
Me again, twice in one week! Here's a pulled pork recipe (yet another winner from Budget Bytes!) that I've made a bunch of times. I consider it both cold-weather fare since it's hearty, and warm-weather fare since it uses the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2021 at verbatim
I have to try to post reviews here as soon as I finish a book because by the time I get around to it months later ... I can't remember much about the book. That said, here goes. Interior Chinatown... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2021 at verbatim
Yes, I do edit mostly cookbooks, but not all. Here's a selection of other nonfiction books I edited that have come out in recent months. I highly recommend all of them! (I tend to not show you books I don't... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2021 at verbatim
Happy 17th Blogiversary to me! I know no one blogs anymore, but I'll keep showing up here once in a while as long as you'll have me. It's so funny to look back at the early years of this blog,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2021 at verbatim
It's weird to realize that I'm coming up on the one-year anniversary of the last time I set foot in a supermarket. We've been getting by quite well with the delivery options we have (although I do not use Instacart,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2021 at verbatim
Hey, I promised you some recipes, didn't I? Well, I suddenly got bombarded with work deadlines and kind of forgot. We did make it up to Maine for the long weekend, which was lovely. I had to bring some work,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2021 at verbatim
Greetings! I have a backlog of posts to write because I kept waiting until the world didn't seem likely to end. I'm still not sure we're in the clear, but I'm going to take advantage of this lull. (And, again,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2021 at verbatim