that’s what the torch committee’s for

Justin at links.net says the first post of the year should be thus, and so it is. 1. tales of new year’s festivities Spaghetti and meatballs, good wine, football, bad kitten cuddles, bed well before midnight, the end. 2. accounting for some unfinished business when did being a decent human being become political 3. envisioning…

explore your state: asheville in december

Because of how the holidays fell this year, Trav and I were unable to spend the actual week of Christmas with either of our families; instead, we’re seeing my folks in a few weeks here in Chapel Hill, and this past weekend, we met his parents in Asheville, for a long weekend centered around Christmas…

100 foods in 100 counties: buncombe county

Buncombe County – Asheville – 12 Bones Smokehouse: Baby Back Ribs Another entry for my 100 foods in 100 counties project! The fact is, I am not a Ribs Person. Generally I find them too much work for too little payout. That is not the fact at 12 Bones Smokehouse. They are well worth the…

christmas mix: something to hope for

I’ve been making what I call a Christmas mix — that is, not holiday songs but a mix made at the holidays — since 1997; first they were tapes, then for a few years CDs, and finally, in the digital age, many years of downloadable zip files and now the last four years have been…

album review: micah schnabel – the teenage years of the 21st century

Micah Schnabel – The Teenage Years of the 21st Century. Out now, available here. There’s plenty of evidence here on this site how I feel about Micah Schnabel, longtime frontman for Two Cow Garage and solo singer-songwriter, even if I haven’t been great about writing about his records in the last couple of years. It’s…

hot dogs everywhere: buns ‘n’ brews (columbus, oh)

Where: Buns ‘N’ Brews, Columbus, OH What: the Texan: chili and cheddar cheese on a pretzel bun With whom: Trav Why: for Project Heartburn, recommended by John Grade: A. Great dog – and they take a picture of YOU taking your first bite, which delighted me – and excellent beer selection. Also good company, as…

architecture in columbus, ohio

Our friends L & J live in a gorgeous old neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio, close to campus, and I was completely obsessed with the houses (theirs and others) we walked past all weekend. This is a little sample of what was there. (It also made me want to improve my architectural photography about 300%.)

travel and gardens: franklin park conservatory

(Yes, this was in Columbus, not Seattle!) While we were in Columbus, Trav and I spent a whole morning at the Franklin Park Conservatory, which in addition to being a garden (which I love), was hosting an installation of Chihuly glass (which I also love) in addition to their permanent Chihuly pieces. The FPC was…

gardens: atlanta botanical garden

We traveled quite a bit this fall – for good reasons, like Trav’s father’s 75th birthday and a trip to see friends in Ohio, and for sad ones, a funeral – and I have fallen behind in blogging my adventures. On that birthday trip, we spent a gorgeous afternoon at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, confirming…

album review: jason hawk harris – love and the dark

Out now on Bloodshot Records. Okay, so I’m a few weeks late on this one, but trust me, if you too are several weeks late on this one, it is definitely worth your time. Love and the Dark is Jason Hawk Harris’ debut record, out on my beloved Bloodshot Records, and it is a goddamn…