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Posted on Aug 24, 2013 | 0 comments

My Favorite Podcasts, Part 4: Podcasts About Parenting

My Favorite Podcasts, Part 4: Podcasts About Parenting

If you’re just joining us, this is my fourth post in a series called My Favorite Podcasts. You may be interested in Podcasts About Food (Parts One and Two), and Podcasts About Language too! These are two of my favorite Podcasts About Parenting.     Plug them in while you’re doing your recommended 30-minutes of cardio a day and you’ll return centered and focused for the rest of the day.  Well, at least until your kids derail you. But you’ll feel so refreshed, you’ll be able to handle it.   1) Aha! Parenting This lady can always bring me back from the edge of the parenting cliff. Dr. Laura Markham calmly lets the air out of my brewing temper tantrum (why do everyone else’s kids take naps but mine doesn’t?? It’s not FAIR!!! Ahem.). I like her because she thinks my kids (all kids) are great and treats them like the human beings I know they are capable of being (as opposed to, say, wild monkeys, which they sometimes appear to...

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Posted on May 14, 2013 | 1 comment

My Favorite Podcasts, Part 3: Podcasts About Language

My Favorite Podcasts, Part 3: Podcasts About Language

Last time, I told you about my favorite podcasts about food. Because what’s more important than food?? It may be the most important thing, but it’s not the only thing. I do spread my passions around. Wait, that didn’t sound right. Anyway! This time, I reveal my inner word nerd and share my favorite podcasts about language! I admit, I get excited about words. (You already know my pathological fascination with names). I can while away a good hour listening to the history of language while I’m out running, or just running errands. That is, if the kids aren’t testing my own language skills with questions like “WHY is this block big?” My first recollection of geeking out over a word was when I was about ten and my grandpa told me the refrigerator brand name Frigidaire was actually two words put together: frigid and air! To me, it was like a puzzle and the prize was knowing the secret behind the words. I was hooked then, and I...

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Posted on Apr 7, 2013 | 0 comments

My Favorite Podcasts About Food, Part 2 (The Main Course)

My Favorite Podcasts About Food, Part 2 (The Main Course)

As I mentioned yesterday, I love to cook and I love to eat. I get a lot of inspiration from podcasts, which are great to listen to when I go for a run to work off all that great stuff I just ate. These are my favorites. 1) The Splendid Table This podcast takes me there. Lynne Rossetto Kasper can set the scene in a way you feel you are in Tuscany, enjoying a bottle of Chianti with her and her friends. She is also a serious, well-respected food authority. She welcomes all kinds of experts to her show to discuss the broadest scope of food-related topics, down to the smallest, intriguing detail. From the politics of food, to what “extra virgin” really means, to how (and why) to sauté shallots, you will be enchanted by every word.  If you are a food nerd, that is (Hello!). Lest you start to wonder if Lynne is anything other than one of us, check out her episode featuring eloquent indie rapper Dessa talking about her eating habits on the road. Nothin’ but voyeuristic fun....

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Posted on Apr 6, 2013 | 0 comments

My Favorite Podcasts About Food, Part 1 (The Appetizer)

My Favorite Podcasts About Food, Part 1 (The Appetizer)

One of the highest forms of entertainment in my world is dining.  I love to become immersed in a meal as glasses clink over a delectable appetizer and emerge hours later over a small, strong coffee as I reflect, dreamily, on the glorious show I just experienced. It’s an adventure being escorted through the ups and downs of the various courses by a different wine for each. I love the drama, the timing, the exhilaration of a perfectly executed dish, especially one new to my palate.   Experiencing the combinations of flavors and textures as music, ambience, and conversation weave in and out of view is like living within the art. You’re entertained by it, but you’re a part of it too. It wouldn’t be the same without you.   When you taste something extraordinary and share the experience with a friend, it’s a thrilling thing.   Being all dressed up somehow makes witty things pour from your mouth, and everyone else seems more fascinating too. I love great food,...

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