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Brokeness (n.): A state in which one must scrape money together for the barest of necessities and anything decadent seems a cruel joke. – My definition, anyway

Early Illustration of Old Mother Hubbard / Recent View into My Apartment

Early Illustration of Old Mother Hubbard / Recent View into My Apartment

It happens to most of us at some time or another – we’re fortunate if it’s fleeting – and there is no shame in honest poverty. So why should a litte penny-pinching cramp anyone’s style? While eating is technically a necessity, it easily becomes a thoughtless extravagance even when budgeting is more appropriate. Feeling tired? Order in. Deserve a treat? Go out to eat. Stomach surly? Pamper it with delicate foods. $12/lb. cheese smells really, really good? Well it could probably make a meal.

So when there comes a time that belts must be tightened, it is often easy to resort to eating badly as eating well is too often correlated with spending copious amounts of coin. But noone among us is a god or an emperor; we are not entitled to a service of food from far flung lands, prepared to suit our exacting palates when, let’s face it, we (okay, I) have lapsed on student loans.

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Poised on steady legs
First your poet begs
Several eggs.
Froth them to a mousse,
And then introduce
Lemon juice.
Shimmering like silk,
Aromatic milk
Of almonds will
come next, and next prepare
Pastry light as air
To coat with care
Each pretty pastry mould.
Which sweetly will enfold
The liquid gold.
Smile, a father, fond
Wave your fiery wand,
Bake till blond.
Melting mouths and hearts,
Mmmmmm, saliva starts –
Almond tarts.

Edmond Rostand (1868-1918) Cyrano de Bergerac, Act II (translated by Anthony Burgess)

The legend of Cyrano de Bergerac is familiar: man with disfiguringly large nose falls for a lady, persuades a dashing but daft gentleman to act as his mouthpiece to woo the lady, feeds gentleman lines of poetry from the bushes, lady falls for handsome man thinking he is the poet, comedy then tragedy ensues.

"Maybe you'd like some wine with your nose? Cheese."

"Maybe you'd like some wine with your nose? Cheese."

Edmond Rostand wrote Cyrano de Bergerac in 1897, roughly based on the life of the actual Cyrano de Bergerac who lived in France from 1619 – 1655. Fittingly perhaps, the image of Bergerac that Rostand presents to the world through his verse (the entire play is written in rhyming couplets) is a rather deceptive version of who the actual man was. So who exactly was the man behind the man behind the character of the man behind the other guy?

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By Zeus!

“Open your mouth and shut your eyes and see what Zeus will send you.” – Aristophanes

Another weekend of thunderstorms is rolling in over the Eastern seaboard right now and the air is suddenly the ominous khaki green color of impending lightning. As a native West Coaster, I haven’t yet gotten over the thrill of a truly frightening New England summer storm. I love lightning with the feral passion that only a person who has never been struck by lightning can possess.

"But that's another story, nevermind, anyway..."

"But that's another story, nevermind, anyway..."

When I think of lightning strikes, it conjures images of electrocution and woodland blazes and animals with their fur standing comically on end. I hadn’t really thought of it so much as a life giving force before. But scientists think it may have played a crucial role in helping life spring forth from our planet. Let’s see if I can make any sense of this.

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Polish Wisdom

Polish jokes were big for a few months in grade school. Take any ‘dumb blonde’ joke, substitute ‘Pole’ for ‘blonde’ and there’s your joke. Har. Why a playground of children in California would adopt this fad remains a mystery as I can’t recall even one Polish youth amongst our peers. 

Since then, some of my favorite people have been Poles and they have – unsurprisingly – proven playground wit wrong. I would like to take this opportunity to offer a blanket apology for potentially offending an entire nation of people before I had any basis for judgment (or secondary sex characteristics, for that matter), and before I’d ever read this:

Fish, to taste right, must swim three times – in water, in butter and in wine. —–Polish proverb

See now, these people are not dumb by a long shot.

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