April 16, 2018: My Top (and Bottom) 5 Old-Fashioned Desserts!

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A couple of years ago, Chatelaine magazine offered up a recipe collection titled 25 of our favorite old-fashioned desserts.  Ever late to the party, I just came across the article and, while scrolling through the various pics and recipes, thought it might be fun to put together a list of my top 10.  Only problem – I was really hard-pressed to come up with five favorites from the list of candidates, much less ten!  I considered switching to a list of my bottom 10 but, again, was stymied.  There are A LOT of really middling old-fashioned desserts.

Anyway, after several reviews, I was finally able to come up with five candidates on both sides of the scale.  The many not making the list include the mediocre likes of lemon loaf, oatmeal-raisin cookies, and rice pudding.

My Bottom Five Old-Fashioned Desserts

#5. Date Squares

You won’t believe the number of…

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April 14, 2018: Suffering for Art!

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“Oh my gosh!”said Akemi.  “It’s gorgeous!”

We were strolling through the Art Gallery of Ontario at the time, so you might be forgiven for assuming she was referring to a painting or sculpture or some other piece of avant-garde art.  Instead, Akemi bypassed the display and went straight to the couch in the middle of the room, taking a seat and running her hand along the backrest.  “This would be perfect for the apartment!”

Yes, with about six weeks to go before we take possession of our new place, she is in full interior design mode.

But, on this day, the focus was on the AGO’s most popular exhibit in recent memory, one featuring the work of Japanese artists Yayoi Kusama.  The event, running March 3rd to May 27, 2018 is so popular that advance booking is required and the few remaining available tickets are snapped up daily within an…

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April 13, 2018: When one door closes…

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…another opportunity for escape is thwarted and the chances of you ever leaving that locked room decreases in likelihood.

Or something like that.

Well, Friday the 13th is certainly living up to its moniker.  This morning, I was expecting news on a certain project.  I was enthusiastic about the possibility of good news, but I was prepared for the worst case scenario.  Unfortunately, as it turned out, the news was even worse than the worst case scenario I’d envisioned. Clearly, a failure of imagination on my part and, I suppose, somewhat telling…and ironic given the circumstances.

If I were to put this in marble race terminology (see this post for backstory, and this one) I’d say Glassy relinquished the lead and got caught up on that outside line, taking him out of contention.

I honestly had high hopes for Glassy.

Well, I’m bummed.  Also, my shoulder is killing…

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April 12, 2018: Scrap those long-term plans!

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Well, I guess that’s it.  It was nice knowing everyone.  Cram as much fun as you can into your final eleven or so days on Earth because, apparently, April 23rd is A- Day.  A, of course, for Armageddon.  This according to (at least one) esteemed(?) numerologist:

“…the so-called Planet X, which is also known as Nibiru, will appear above the sky on the April date, causing volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and earthquakes.”

There you have it.  Eruptions, earthquakes, and stealth planetary reveals.  Of course, in a transparent attempt to forestall worldwide panic, NASA is trying to debunk the theory:

“No, there’s no such thing as a planet called Nibiru. No, it’s not a brown dwarf surrounded by planets, as iterations of the claim suggest. No, it’s not on a collision course toward Earth. And yes, people should ‘get over it.”

Hmmm.  Methinks the NASA senior space scientist doth protest too much.

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April 11, 2018: Best Comic Book Covers of the Week!

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My favorites…

Captain America #700 (cover art by Chris Samnee)

Crude #1 (cover art by Garry Brown)

Despicable Deadpool #298 (cover art by Mike Hawthorne)

Domino #1 (cover art by Greg Land)

Falcon #7 (cover art by Jay Anacieto)

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps (cover art by Tomeu Morey, Rafa Sandavol, Jordi Tarragona)

James Bond: Casino Royale (cover art by Dennis Calero)

The Archies #6 (cover art by Greg Smallwood)

The Beauty #21 (cover art by Nick Filardi, Jeremy Haun, David McCaig)

The Dead Hand #1 (cover art by Jordie Bellaire, Stephen Mooney)

The October Faction: Supernatural Dreams #2 (cover art by Damien Worm)

What did you like?

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April 10, 2018: #ILoveComics

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I’ve always been an avid reader.  One of my most prized possessions during my elementary school years was a leather-bound copy of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.  I recall sitting down in my basement, writing up summaries of each act of every play, carefully recording them in a dedicated spiral-bound notebook.  As an early sci-fi fan, I never wanted for books growing up.  My mother fed my reading habit with the likes of Asimov, Clarke, Bradbury and Ellison, encouraging my love for literature with the paperback treasures she would often pick up on her way home from work.  While clearly dubious about the merits of comic books, another literary childhood obsession of mine, mom would nevertheless,  occasionally, reward me with the odd issue as a special treat.

The Japanese have a word, “natsukashii”, that roughly translates to “Boy, that takes me back!”.  Like the madeleine that transported Proust…

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April 9, 2018: The Pitch!

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There inevitably comes a moment, at the end of every phone pitch, when, after concluding my spiel, I am met with complete and utter silence.  It can last anywhere from approximately one to five seconds but, in those one to five seconds, my mind always drifts to the distinct and horrific possibility that the call dropped five minutes into the pitch and I have just been talking to myself for the past half an hour.  I mean, in a perfect world, pitches are, if not interactive, then at the very least provocative, spurring the person on the other end of the line to ooh, aaah, un-hunh and, hopefully, laugh at the right moments.  Devoid of these conversational prompts, it really feels like you’re talking to yourself which, in turn, causes you to entertain the notion that the people you are engaging may have simply muted the call, taken a stroll…

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April 8, 2018: Is this the week it all comes together?

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Who’s feeling confident?!!

Yeah!!! That’s what I thought!

Yes, this looks to be the week when it all falls into place, when those countless hours of painstaking research, writing, and rehearsals finally pay off in a big BIG way!

No, really.  I realize that this business has a way of constantly frustrating expectations and putting off answers indefinitely, but I’ve got a really good feeling about this week.  Trust me.

Alrighty then.  Remain cautiously optimistic if you will, but also prepare to be thrilled by the grand announcement which should be coming your way on the heels of this crucial, all important –

Hey!  Come back!  You’re gonna miss it!!!

Okay.  As for the rest of us…

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