Monthly Archives: July 2013

Old Mill Days

To celebrate 125 years of Oakesdale and 25 years of Old Mill Days


you start with a cowgirl hat, braids, and boots …


Or if you’re my mother, you pose in front of the coolest pink truck you can find while wearing your “miller” outfit.


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Marathon Journey in July

I’m up to four miles. It’s been in the 90s, but the smell of fresh rain on my morning run after a beautiful storm the night before … a wonderful way to start the day!

Photo Jul 09, 3 40 10 PM


grandma’s triangle dinner bell


What is it with grandmothers and food?

Of all the warm, fuzzy feelings we get when we think of grandmothers,

a full belly may be the most comforting of all.

The quintessential American grandma loves to express her affection with food.

(As “Nanny Jane,” I can assure you—it’s true!)

After all, what’s more loving than the gift of nourishment?

Nothing in the world, it seems.

Grannies all around the globe share the primal longing to satiate the souls of their little successors.

How do I know?

Photographer Gabriele Galimberti has captured it on film.

It all began when Galimberti’s own grandma whipped up a batch of her famous homemade ravioli to prepare him for a photographic expedition to chronicle couch surfing abroad.


Photo courtesy of Gabriele Galimberti/Riverboom/INSTITUTE

No doubt, she wondered if it would be his last wholesome meal.

Gently, he reminded her that he would be staying in other people’s homes, where he would likely be fed.

“I said to my grandma, ‘You know, Grandma, there are many other grandmas around the world and most of them are really good cooks. I’m going to meet them and ask them to cook for me so I can show you that you don’t have to be worried for me and the food that I will eat.'”

That was a lightbulb moment for Galimberti, and a new photographic mission was born.

His newly hatched project, “Delicatessen with Love,” ended up taking him to 58 countries, where he photographed grandmothers alongside their favorite ingredients and signature dishes.


Photo courtesy of Gabriele Galimberti/Riverboom/INSTITUTE

“I like the idea of showing all the single ingredients in the first photo in a way that everybody can recognize, and in the second photo, I show the result of the recipes, where all the ingredients are mixed together.”

The Delicatessen with Love website exhibition also includes recipes for each dish (click on the “More Info” link below a photo to find the accompanying recipe).

“And, yes,” Galimberti assures, “I always [sat] at the table with the grandmas, and I always tried their food!”



Pig Island

If you have a family pig out in the pen,

you may want to cover her ears.


Photo by Alan Fryer via Wikimedia Commons

Here’s the problem:

Should farm pigs catch wind of the news I’m about to tell you,

the mud wallows of America won’t seem so satisfying anymore.


Photo by Mark Peters via Wikimedia Commons

And don’t put it past your pastoral piggy

to swim for fairer shores …


Photo by Stanley Marsh 3 via Wikimedia Commons

Welcome to Pig Island.


Photo by cdorobek via Wikipedia

Officially, this tropical paradise in the Bahamas is known as Big Major Cay Island, but in its residents’ native tongue, it sounds more like,

“Oink, oink, snuffle, snort.”

Yup, the island is populated by pigs.


Photo bycdorobek via

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Celebrating 25 years!

Calling all friends near Oakesdale, Washington.

Join us in celebrating Old Mill Days today in Oakesdale. This is the 25-year celebration for Old Mill Days and a whopping 125 years that Oakesdale has been on the map.

It’s sure to be a hootin’, hollerin’, all around good time!


Castle house of Oakesdale; Courtesy of Washington State Library; Whitman Country Heritage, 1920s


Bert Belles in the cold storage area of his market, cutting meat for sale. Courtesy of Washington State Library; Whitman Country Heritage; 1937

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How exotic …

I just learned that I am a distant relative of the great Cleopatra herself.


Cleopatra by John William Waterhouse, 1888, via Wikimedia Commons


Do you want to know something else?

You are, too.

How do I know this?

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