24 November 2005

thanksgiving remarks and pumpkin bread recipe

It's been while since I posted, and it seems fitting to me that it's on Thanksgiving. Those of you that know me know that's it's been a tough year for me. Just a week ago, I lost my grandfather only three months after losing my other grandfather. I wasn't sure how I'd feel today, a day when I was supposed to be happy, but I am actually doing alright. Both of my grandfathers were such great men, and they really did live their lives according to their own plans. Each one in their own way. Today, on Thanksgiving, I am happy for what I have learned and inherited from them. I am happy to still be around now, learning as much as I can from my family, friends, and every new person I meet on my adventures. And so ends this note. . . with a recipe for Pumpkin Walnut Bread . . .

Pumpkin Walnut Bread
Makes 1 loaf.
pumpkin, sectioned and boiled (you'll need flesh about the size of a sweet potato)
4 cups flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp easy blend yeast
2/3 c walnut pieces
1 1/4 c warmed milk
salt and pepper
extra flour for dusting
oil for greasing

1. Boil the pumpkin sections and scoop out the flesh.
2. Sift together flour and cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir in the yeast. .
3. Add the pumpkin and mix. Add salt and pepper
4. Make a well in the center, and pour in the milk. Mix.
5. Turn dough out and knead 5 mins.
6. Put into bowl, and cover with oiled plastic sheet. Let rise for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
7. Punch down, and knead a few mins.
8. Place in pan, cover and let rise 1 hour or until doubled in size.
9. Place in 400 degree oven for 25 mins.
10. You'll know it's done when it's golden brown, and when you knock on the top it sounds hollow.

Enjoy, and let me know what you think.

04 November 2005

busy bee

I am definitely too busy to sit on here and write, but it is a nice diversion. It's Friday! Yeah, I guess. It was nice having a shorter work week than normal, except for the fact that I have a lot of work to do. Two days was not enough time to get it all done. I'm applying to about 8 schools, and it's so tedious keeping track of what goes where and who I've spoken to about what!

I am excited for tonite's performance by Guillermo Gomez-Pena. (see last post for specs) They keep announcing it on NPR, and I try to use that energy to push through this paperwork.

Next week I'm headed out to visit UCLA and UCSD. Two very exciting places with top-notch grad programs . . .

02 November 2005

two great artists here!

Ok, so I'm really thrilled that two great artists are going to be visiting Miami, despite all the chaos caused by Hurricane Wilma. First, Yvonne Rainer will be here, tomorrow, Thursday, at Florida Atlantic University. She's a dancer turned filmmaker with some very interesting critiques. There is so much to say about her, but I won't put it all here. If you just type her name in to google, you'll get a ton of info!

Journey from Berlin/1971

Guillermo Gomez Pena, a performance artist and activist will be at Florida International University, South on Friday, November 4 at 8pm. This is a spectacular event to come to Miami considering his critical viewpoints, and Miami's notoriously right-leaning tendencies. I most interested in his perspective on displacement and how that feeds into performance. Additionally, I am excited to see his work in person, as until now, I have only read about it. If you are interested in reading about his work, there is a lot of good discourse out there. Hopefully, when I start a PhD program in the Fall, I will be one of those people adding to the available knowledge.

01 November 2005