11377583_1651351481766218_2099544767_nMy name is Melissa. Please, call me Mel.

I live in beautiful Upstate NY in an intentional community with my two kidlets, our dog and cat. I’m keenly interested in words, the web, publishing, community, democracy, environmentalism and spirituality. Someday I’ll figure out how these all connect. Meanwhile, if you are interested in those things as well, you should say hello.

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The Pull of Primitive Navigation – The New Yorker

“We get philosophical about it—about how knowing where you are helps you know your place in the world,” he said. Whereas the modern stargazer is liable to look up with a sense of existential wonder, if not dread, our ancestors may have seen in that lovely firmament a map of home. Source: The Pull of … Read more

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How Jaques Pepin Saved My Life | GQ

Meanwhile, through the years, I told the story of my own meal with Jacques. Often. It’s a good story—heavy but not too heavy, semi-confessional, a dash of celebrity, a happy ending. One evening, occasioned by a shared plate of prosciutto at The Tasting Kitchen, a restaurant in Venice Beach, I told it to an especially … Read more

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The Americans are coming! Some in a Texas county fear an Obama-led U.S. military invasion. – The Washington Post

“Pape chaired a public meeting this spring and invited a U.S. Army Special Operations Command spokesman to answer questions about Jade Helm. The meeting drew more than 150 people carrying signs that read “No Gestapo in Bastropo,” “Keep America Free” and “Dissent is Not a Conspiracy Theory.” Some asked whether the Army was bringing in … Read more

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How to make banana bread

I’ve been playing with my iPad more and more for photos1 and videos, so when I set out to make banana bread yesterday, I took a stop-motion video with it. I used the included camera app and iMovie to very briefly put this together. Today I ordered an iPad mount for my tripod (since this … Read more

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From flickr