Welcome to Bivalvia: Shell Stories & Recipes

It’s been a Bivalve kind of week… harvesting, cooking, dining and photographing all the way from Madison to Ballard to Brinnon to Port Ludlow then home. Bivalvia is a class of marine and freshwater mollusks with bodies enclosed by a hinge. The family tree includes clams, oysters, mussels, scallops, and other shells. In an unplanned […]

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Get it from yourself, Experiment & Make one mistake by noon

I aim to learn something new every day and make at least one mistake by noon – otherwise I am not working, living, improving. Just some advice I regularly dole out that applies well to professional as well as personal life. It’s pretty hard to avoid if you are out there doing and being. I […]

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Chicks – The Awkward Period or My life in Chicken Years

The Awkward Period, but hey, we have all been there….. some of us more than others, some may never leave (but that begs other issues.) Watching my little hens grow up, rapidly, made me reflect on my own growing up, in particular the awkward times of days gone by and yet to come. I must […]

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Fifteen Dish Delish – Chronicles of a Birthday Degustation

“Degustation is a culinary term meaning a careful, appreciative tasting of various foods and focusing on the gustatory system, the senses, high culinary art and good company.” To keep the degustation experience alive, I want to share the abbreviated chronicles of this thirty-third celebration of me (and my mom – thanks!). This feast hit all […]

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Stop, Collaborate and Listen

I am going to get dangerously close to my professional life but important parts of it “Venn-Over” (another verbified noun of mine). Overlap, similarities, parallels, reflections… you name it, not a clear boundary between personal and professional. As part of my professional life I try to focus leadership and also personal development. A primary tool […]

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I go out walkin’ after midnight …

I go out walking after midnight …… I stopped to see a weeping willow Cryin’ on his pillow Maybe he’s cryin’ for me And as the skies turn gloomy Night winds whisper to me …. …. Patsy Cline, 1957 I really adore Patsy Cline – classy lady. I think it is not only the simplicity […]

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