DC: The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsworkers

A couple of weeks ago I was walking around Chinatown in DC and wandered past the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsworkers. I was struck by the Soviet-style, workers-of-the-world-unite type of imagery… Continue reading

Bloody Martini Recipe

Saturday night’s menu: Smoked paprika fish I used mahi mahi instead of swordfish, and I would recommend half as much pinenuts, and perhaps a sucosh more smoked paprika. Make sure you get smoked… Continue reading

The Great Outdoors of Mejiro, or, the joy of little pleasures.

A friend in Japan (a photographer you should check out, here) posted a photo of what he titled “目白の大自然!” or, the “Great Outdoors of Mejiro!”  Mejiro is an upscale neighborhood in Tokyo, pretty but… Continue reading

What to do with all this mint?

This is a perfect recipe for anyone with bunches and bunches of mint growing in the yard. The recipe I use is Mint Lime Cucumber Agua Fresca, from Elise of Simply Recipes —… Continue reading

Act Swiftly, Awesome Pacyderm!

I’ll probably stick this on my office door — everyone is asking for things ASAP. The Dr. Seuss quotation is from Horton Hears a Who, and I like that somehow the elephant I… Continue reading

happy birthday to a cyclist friend

A happy birthday card to a colleague who is an avid cyclist. I doubt her bike is outfitted with a flower basket, but if she did, it would certainly have a bottle of… Continue reading

yellow flowers and Doi Bansui

Etegami of yellow flowers, don’t know the name, from my garden. The words are read, “hana no en,” and mean “a celebration of flowers.” The words are from Doi Bansui’s 1901poem: “in spring… Continue reading

white flower, happy birthday to a colleague

A simple white flower… the thin, papery petaled kind that I find often in the mid-Atlantic area in which I live. I’ve uploaded the photo of a flower that inspired me to do… Continue reading

seashell card for a new baby, with Shinkawa Kazue poem

A cousin recently had a baby girl, and I composed this “welcome baby!” card for them. The card features the first stanza of the poem by Shinkawa Kazue, “赤ちゃんに寄す”. My translation:  “Please tell… Continue reading

eggplant on cutting board

I made this etegami to thank my uncle Jack, for the beautiful cutting board he made me. The seal on this says “ari”, or “ant” in Japanese. I had it made in Hong… Continue reading