Art is the Handmaid of Human Good

Life in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA


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Scenes from my morning walk around Lowell

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A place to rest your horse

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City limits

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Something used to rest here

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Left (or abandoned?) in the street

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World Peas CSA – Week Six (sort of…)

Day 201 - Wednesday, July 21st 2010 - I grew this!

No produce on the counter photo this week, Gist was kind enough to pick up the CSA and put it away all while I took a nap. Instead I am showing off this sunflower that I grew with my own hands. This is my third year of container gardening on my balcony and, up until now, I have never been able to grow a flower from seed.

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Goat Cheese & Roasted Corn Quesadillas

Goat Cheese & Roasted Corn Quesadillas

This is, no joke, a really quick and easy recipe (in fact, I wouldn’t even call it a recipe it’s so easy.)  It’s also crazy-delicious.  It is so quick, easy, delicious, and easily made from items I have on-hand, that it was the perfect dinner solution last night (and saved us from ordering pizza.)

See, Gist and I had been camping all weekend, and arrived home smelling of campfire, in desperate need of showers, hungry, and totally relaxed (in other words, there was no way I wanted to cook anything complicated.)  Warning – camping bliss detour ahead:

Day 149 - Sunday, May 30th 2010
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Doors Open Lowell

This weekend was Doors Open Lowell, a chance to tour historic properties throughout the city.  Gist and I had a great time visiting 14 of the 25 buildings.  Our only regret? That we weren’t able to visit more!

Day 134 - Saturday, May 15th 2010
This is Appleton Mills, which was built between 1902 and 1914. They Mills were among the last buildings built in the Appleton millyard and are currently in the midst of construction into artist live-work space.

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Pawtucket Gatehouse (1847) is the largest on the Lowell canal system and controlled the flow of water into the Northern Canal.  Still in use today, the gatehouse contains much of its original gate raising equipment. Continue reading


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Fennel Pizza with White Bean Purée

Fennel Pizza with White Bean Puree

Thanks so much for all of your nice comments about Sebb. He was a well-loved cat and he is missed. His feline diabetes, however, is not. To both cheer me up and acknowledge the fact that we no longer have to be at home at 7:00 am and 7:00 pm to administer insulin, Gist and I headed out to Western Mass. for the weekend where we enjoyed my favorite food:

Day 99 - Saturday, April 10th 2010 - Paradise City

Pizza, it’s what’s for dinner. Continue reading