Wednesday Night Supper: Stuff and Such

A few months ago, a friend told me she had seen a documentary about people who believed the mood of people making food could actually transfer into the nutrient quality of the food they made. We both raised an eyebrow but as anyone who has seen the movie Like Water for Chocolate knows, there is also something to the idea that we express ourselves through our cooking.

I had friends over a week ago and I made soup. But I was also in the midst of a lot of busyness and a certain amount of stress. I think the soup tasted a bit like that. I really do. I was using new recipes so I might be able to blame it on that, and it certainly tasted fine, but it didn’t sing.

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I’m in the process of preparing to talk about Ithaca for two women’s studies classes at Wilfrid Laurier University at the end of the month. I’m looking for ways to make the process more sensory. (Maybe I should bring soup. Actually, maybe I should…) I found a recording of the poem Ithaka, an excerpt of which is at the front of my book. I thought I would share it with you here. It’s got Sean Connery reading it so you know it will be good.  Here’s another representation of the same poem for the visual learners in the crowd.

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I was talking with someone about gaming today and he let me know about a video game called Pipe Trouble in which the participants get to be oil executives figuring out how to build a pipeline. The idea behind the game is to encourage participants to think about the issues and implications around oil extraction. I would be really interested to know if anyone has developed anything similar around fracking.

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There’s going to be a free public lecture at the University of Waterloo on fracking in two weeks. I am hoping to be there. It will be a good introduction to the history of this relatively new technology. Details are found here.

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