Pass the Olives

Jumbled Opinions on Living, Democracy, and Making Things

Category: To Read and Sometimes Watch

As a child, I was told often, every day, to “get your nose out of that book.” Like children with stealing screen time, I soon knew enough to stay out of sight if I wanted to read. For this reason, I don’t take limits on screen time as seriously as many parents do. If the game is challenging or the website informative, can it be worse or as bad as reading a book?

While there were years when I was too rushed to finish more than a New Yorker on the subway, I’ve purposely begun reading several hours a day again, now from newspapers to websites to books to blogs. When I read something that I think is useful, curious, or up-ending I like to share the information. My friends and family are pretty tired of it so I am expanding my reach by posting here.

Julia Child, An American Spy Becomes a French Chef

Bookcover: Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child

Modern Daily Knitting has a weekend post by DG Strong called “Knit to This” in which he offers wonderful recommendations of music, films, etc., to keep you knitting all day. This week it was the newest series, “Julia” on HBO Max along with a YouTube video of a program with Julia Child and a very young Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart Bakes with Julia Child. Of course, Martha tries to one-up […]

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Barbara Jordan, The Voice of God

Barbara Jordan at the Judiciary Committee Hearings on Watergate and the Impeachment of Richard Nixon

People are the source of all governmental power. —Barbara Jordan. 1976 Barbara Jordan vs Hillary Clinton Clips have been playing for the last few days of Hillary Clinton’s speech at the 2022 National Democratic Convention. Over and over. It’s nice to see her back out there again, but she has to do something with her voice. The harder she tries, the more it sounds witch-like. It’s not pleasant. I wonder where […]

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