Terracotta warriors 

Special exhibition of the terracotta warriors at the Pacific Science Center. One of two US city tours (Philadelia fall 2017-spring 2018).  Tickets are $38 for exhibit and IMAX film – well worth the price. Suggestion: watch the IMAX  movie first so the awe balloons before meandering through the exhibit.  Reminder that we learn more about…

Mangoes with chili lime ditty 

Some days we all just a little irrelevance. But seriously the $2 Trader Joe’s chili line seasoning is so good on mangoes. Give it a whirl and make a ditty, an app that sings your texts. ​ ​

nothing “beets” a mother’s love 

Love is intention as much as action. Love is swirly colors without formulation or rhyme. It just works. Motherhood is improvising and seeing what works as you go along.  Always a chance to start over or repeat what works. In celebration, a new let’s see if this works salad (it did!): Mandolin sliced beets with…

Frye Art Museum, Seattle. free art for all 

Fyre Art Museum is free, offers free parking across the street and has private collections and ongoing new exhibitions. Free doesn’t mean less, free means the power to be  generous, to be selfless, to extend. Art is civics. Art is inquiry.  Dab and devour alone or as a family or crazy me alone with the…

Orange your glad you stopped into Portland?

If a color can be a city, orange is Portland. Not bold red, not fiercely pink, just solid and approachable – orange.  During this quick 24 hr visit, the color was following me. I’ve known Portland for 20 years…before McMinnville was fancy. It’s incredible to see how the city has changed and yet still draws…

Western Sun calendar and Eastern Moon Calendar. 

The moon calendar is the calendar Chinese families go by. Most older Asian  families like my parents still use both sun and moon calendars with a split screen of both on kitchen walls. The sun calendar for everyday life like gatherings and bill paying while the moon calendar is for consultation of “lucky” days to…

Ski Mt. Baker 

They say if you can ski Mt. Baker you can ski anywhere. Mount Baker is just 2.5 hours north of Seattle but a local secret for great and affordable skiing. Not crowded, friendly folks, multiple levels and options for winter sports. The closest skiing in Seattle is Snoqualmie so lots more novices and families go…

Seattle’s Best Tea Co.

If you want to taste, buy or learn more about deliciously healthy and aromatic tea, visit Seattle’s Best Tea in Chinatown. The family owned shop serves tea samples, ice cream and bubble milk tea (most legit place to ger a pearl milk tea in town). The regulars come to buy and taste teas.  An informative…

Friday delights: Chet Atkins and instant raspberry jam 

Chet Atkins on guitar in the background, 3 ingredients to instant jam, ready for the winter.   We go through jam way too fast to need to can it properly.  Refrigerator jam is the way to go.  Fresh fruit, sugar, instant pectin.  Simple and oh so good and easy. Mix sugar with pectin, add crushed…

Thank you for being late. Thomas Friedman

Joined Microsoft PAC today and treated to an hour talk from New York Times columnist, Pulitzer winning author Thomas Friedman. Just got the book today.  From his outline of it, I can’t wait to read how he explains  Moore’s law impact on economy, technology and society.  He explains the title allows us to give pause,…