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February 26, 2005


At night I felt like Timo, my former and most beloved cat, as I slept tucked away in my secret corner in the billiard room. I wake up early. I like to think it's because I prefer to be woken up by birds than by cars, but really it's because I cannot help it. I knew one of the twins is also an early riser, but which one? I don't know yet how to tell them apart. Strange to look so much alike after sixty years. I would think living in such completely different places would show more. The nearly full moon is high in the morning sky. It's a beautiful site, the top of the sky is crisp and deep blue, and the horizon streaming with pinks and oranges of the rising sun. There are photos of my godson all around me and they make miss him. Tomorrow, it becomes official. I must remember up, down, left, right and to lead with my thumb...

Posted by talia at 2:46 PM

February 16, 2005

How Sall I Hold You

My friend Sasha, of interesing and varied fame is working on a new project titled How Shall I Hold You. about love letter between people who do not share a native tongue. I haven't been in such a relationship before, but perhaps you have and would like to participate, you can do so here.

Posted by talia at 8:41 AM

February 15, 2005

Princess Sparkle

My friend Gizi has a new photojournal which is the ticket to the shiniest place on earth. Check it out. It's updated daily, what more can you ask for in a journal??

Thanks Gizi.

Posted by talia at 8:24 AM

February 11, 2005

Recipe Swap

Recently a lovely little chain come my way ensuring new tastey eats from aaround the globe. I have so far received the following:

1. Download file

2. Baked Chocolate Cake

Serves 6 to 8

12 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for buttering the pan
1/3 cup flour, plus flour for dusting the pan
5 1/4 oz. good-quality European semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
3 eggs
3/4 cup sugar

Preheat over to 375 degrees F. Butter and flour an 8 inch square or 9 inch round baking pan.

Combine butter and chocolate in the top of a double boiler. Place over gently simmering water and whish until melted and smooth.

In the work bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat eggs and sugar until frothy. Add flour and mix until well combined.

Fold one-third of the chocolate into the egg mixture, using a large rubber spatula, then fold in the remaining chocolate just until incorporated. Take care not to overmix.

Pour batter into the prepared pan, and bake in over until a knife, when inserted, comes out clean, 35-40 minutes.

Invert onto a rack and let cool to room temperature before serving. Serve with creme fraiche or whipped cream and a few fresh berries.

Posted by talia at 9:27 AM

February 10, 2005

Instructions for Life

I received the following as part of a chain. It is suggested that if this letter is sent to 5 people etc., etc., etc. This is not why I am repeating it here, what is important is the you read it and find meaning for it in your life. If you want to share it, (in keeping with instruction 14), please do so. I cannot know if these are really the words of the Dalai Lama, they are however, encouraging, uplifting, and important reminders.

Subject: Message from the Dalai Lama

Instructions for Life

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three R's: Respect for self, Respect for others and Responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.

7. When you realize you've made a mistake take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

Posted by talia at 12:39 PM

February 2, 2005

Road trip

I miss road trips. I wish I could go on one right now.

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