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February 20, 2012, 8:51 pm
updated Feb 21, 2012, 4:26 am

Serving Up A Smile 2/21/12: I Didn’t Time it Right

Serving Up A Smile 2/21/12: I Didn’t Time it Right[Above: A "hurt chart" as designed by my five year old daughter Annabel. She often brings me these when she is not feeling well to diagram the hurt for me. I love these things though I am always thinking one of these might someday and wrongfully be used in a criminal investigation against me...]


Just the other day I found myself picking up some sundries at a local pharmacy and there, by the only entrance way, was a miniature army of brown-clad girls, several with toothless smiles, really putting on the charm as they asked customers, “would you like to buy ...

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February 14, 2012, 5:13 pm

SERVING up a SMILE 2/14/12: Hopelessly in Love

SERVING up a SMILE 2/14/12: Hopelessly in LoveYep, this no Kelpeat but it is a repeat nonetheless. :) Please enjoy this tale of true love and I'll be back next week with a whole, new SMILE. It took every bit of good sense in me NOT to "borrow" a photo of David Beckham in his skivvies off of the internet to slap up at the top! Happy Valentine's Day!


I’ve always been a hopeless romantic and a dreamer. I am the last person to leave the movie theatre and it’s not because I really need to see to the end of the credits—darn that Spongebob and Patrick! What’s ...

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February 12, 2012, 2:56 am
updated Feb 12, 2012, 5:10 am

Gouldthorp - The Homecoming Part ll

Gouldthorp - The Homecoming Part llContinued from last week when The Good Lady and I had finally arrived at her hometown in Eastern Thailand for a big “Welcome Home” party…


I watch a couple of the ladies sitting on the porch, pounding chilies and garlic for a marinade using a large pestle and mortar while others pick sweet red basil leaves off an enormous bush in the courtyard. While the pork is roasting over the open fire, chickens are prepped, fish are butterflied, woks are oiled and pots of white rice, black rice and sticky rice are readied. It’s loud, organized chaos; think The View meets ...

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February 7, 2012, 7:54 am

Serving Up A Smile 2/07/12: OH! My Aching Liver!

Serving Up A Smile 2/07/12: OH! My Aching Liver!I know what you are thinking and no, I did not wake this morning to find myself in a destroyed Las Vegas hotel room with a bunch of men, a tiger and a baby. If you guessed that I’m sobering up after Super Bowl Sunday, you’d be wrong again.

What I am interested in talking about today is the liver and the role it plays in weight management and keeping us healthy. You see, one of the liver’s many important body functions is to help the breakdown of fats. The liver has a bunch of other functions, some digestive and ...

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February 5, 2012, 4:45 am

The Homecoming

The HomecomingDateline: Somewhere (I’m not sure exactly where) in Eastern Thailand.

It raining hard, the light is fading and it’s impossible to tell where the road starts and ends.

The Good Lady is driving us to her hometown for a big homecoming get-together with family and friends. To be accurate, she is driving, but not in the American sense. Driving in Thailand is best described as NASCAR three-wide, bump-drafting, green flag racing but with your hand on the horn and, oh yeah, on the left-hand side of the road. There are no rules of the road; just one thing to remember – the ...

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January 31, 2012, 5:54 pm

Serving Up A Smile 1/31/12: Orange You Glad It’s [Almost] Super Bowl Sunday?

Serving Up A Smile 1/31/12: Orange You Glad It’s [Almost] Super Bowl Sunday?Whether you are a Pats fan or are rooting for Big Blue, it’s hard to argue that the true star of the winter season is citrus fruit. Bright and full of flavor—and in season when most fruits and veggies are bland and costly—it lifts up the flavor of food without adding fat or salt and it offers a brightness that is pleasing to the palette.

The zest or outermost layer of skin on fruit such as oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit and pummelo, is a terrific way to add zing and that something special to food can save us when we ...

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January 24, 2012, 8:13 pm
updated Jan 25, 2012, 10:21 am

Serving Up A Smile 1/24/12: A Day in the Life

Serving Up A Smile 1/24/12: A Day in the LifeIt’s not for everybody. We eat a lot of things that I am sure many, if not most, of you have never heard of: bufflehead, woodcock, rail and yes—snipe. Really. Each winter in the end of January we open our home to menfolk who embark on an annual upland game hunt. They bring their wives. They bring their children. It’s more like an episode of Little House on the Prairie than one might suspect and it’s also a time that I look forward to with great anticipation. I hope my children someday look back on these events with warm recollection. ...

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