I have a thing for brightly colored trucks. This one (seen at a roadside stop in rural Fukui prefecture in Japan), with attachments and hoses here and there and everywhere, looks like it's ready to take on any task. I love the gold ladder on top, too.
I'd completely forgotten the thrill of seeing my name on the cover of a book for the very first time. When I showed Amanda, from the Boston Living Center, the cover of the book she has spent so many months putting together, and which I have helped them produce, I remembered that feeling as her face lit up with glee when she saw her name front and center. Recipes for a Positive Life features nearly 100 recipes for better living with HIV.
These easy-to-prepare recipes (smoothies, chicken, veggies, meatballs, dishes you'd want to make every day) will appeal to everyone; what makes the the cookbook especially useful for the BLC community is that it highlights each recipe's particular nutrients and benefits for people trying to fight the effects of some diseases that might result from HIV, like lipodystrophy, muscle wasting, neuropathy, diabetes, or vitamin deficiencies.
After a few months of work, Recipes for a Positive Life is ready to print, and thanks to a grant from Memorial Church at Harvard, the BLC will be able to print enough books for their clients, staff, and friends of the agency. It's a great start. (If you'd like to contribute to ongoing aspects of this project, please send me an email.)
Every Thursday, my husband Ted picks up empty 50-pound paper flour bags from Flour Bakery's commissary, and delivers the bags to Bikes Not Bombs, where volunteers use them to pack bicycle parts to ship to nonprofit organizations in Africa and Central America. Flour Bakery is famous citywide (worldwide?) for its over-the-top amazing sticky buns. I spied this sign on the door of their delivery van when I tagged along with Ted this week. If you've ever had a Flour sticky bun, you know why they need this sign!
My husband Ted and I bought our first Poäng chair at least 25 years ago, and a few weeks ago we bought this one, which I believe is at least the fifth Poäng we've owned. (Our decor changed over the years, but the chairs would have lasted forever, except for the two we left on the porch at the log house through several brutally snowy winters.) In 1976, Japanese designer Noboru Nakamura collaborated with IKEA's product manager, Lars Engman, on the beechwood-frame chair that initially was named "Poem," and to date, IKEA has sold more than 30 million Poäng chairs in various colors and fabrics. The chair comes flat-packed, and it's easy to assemble with the included Allen wrench. Poäng is an insanely comfortable chair at a very affordable price, and if you don't live near an IKEA, you can now buy the chair and matching footstool online.
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