list day friday, 5.12.2017

  1. small plates eating, tapas, dainty food:; my favorite argentinian appetizer plate; plateless foods, finger foods
  2. writing a mystery story set in a melting pot, postal carrier-detective; possible characters: the super, the real estate agent, a newly-arrived immigrant; crime in a culturally diverse community; greed and money in a hot real estate market, the clash of cultures; the joys and pains of living in a diverse community; sub-urban life
  3. living in jh
  4. emily dickinson at the morgan; writing recluse
  5. the pleasures of drinking tea with milk and honey and eating only when hungry; simple food with very little cooking but satisfying
  6. sitting at bar enjoying a drink, some food and each other’s quiet company
  7. a no-cooking meal
  8. visiting can be fun; an introvert’s guide
  9. social smoking
  10. being comfortable in one’s clothes
  11. how to write, learn to write
  12. the small book, a booklet, a pocket book
  13. pleasures of space, time, solitude, quiet
  14. community news writing, sign up for a course in writing, news reporting:
  15. keeping simple, not needlessly holding on to anything, ideas, people, situation
  16. what art is: watt’s and sayer’s ideas, the trinitarian process: vision, incarnation – fleshing out – expression, effect on community, world at large; creativity
  17. a watt’s discipline = skill
  18. introvert’s worldview
  19. the world is big and i am small. so what.
  20. illustrated guitton

mind is the forerunner of states…

from the Dhammapada

1. Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with an impure mind a person speaks or acts suffering follows him like the wheel that follows the foot of the ox.

2. Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts happiness follows him like his never-departing shadow

a bit of paraphrasing was done in this version:

Mind is the forerunner of states.
Mind is chief.
Mind made are they.
If a man speaks or acts with a good mind
Happiness follows
Even as the wheel follows the hoof.

Mind is the forerunner of states.
Mind is chief.
Mind made are they.
If a man speaks or acts with a bad mind
Misery follows
Like a shadow that never leaves.


i love jook

this one from

Ginger Chicken Jook

6 cups water
4 cups chicken broth
1.5 pounds bone-in chicken legs or thighs (or pork, beef, seafood)
1 cup long-grain white rice
1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, skin on and sliced into 4 pieces
2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed
Pinch freshly ground white pepper or as needed

Coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
Thinly sliced scallions
soy sauce
fish sauce
fried shallots
fried garlic
roasted salted peanuts

Place all ingredients except the cilantro and scallions in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan or Dutch oven and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

Reduce the heat to medium low and cook at a lively simmer, stirring occasionally, until the rice has completely broken down and the mixture is creamy, about 1 hour.

Turn off the heat and remove the chicken to a cutting board. When it’s cool enough to handle, shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces, discarding the cartilage and bones. Return the chicken shreds to the jook.

Stir to combine, taste, and season with additional salt and pepper as needed. Ladle into bowls and top with garnish.

do this today and everyday…

The rule for all of us is perfectly simple. Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbour; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him. If you injure someone you dislike, you will find yourself disliking him more. If you do him a good turn, you will find yourself disliking him less. There is, indeed, one exception. If you do him a good turn, not to please God and obey the law of charity, but to show him what a fine forgiving chap you are, and to put him in your debt, and then sit down to wait for his ‘gratitude’, you will probably be disappointed. (People are not fools: they have a very quick eye for anything like showing off, or patronage.) But whenever we do good to another self, just because it is a self, made (like us) by God, and desiring its own happiness as we desire ours, we shall have learned to love it a little more or, at least, to dislike it less.