SHADE SURFING: How I Realized I Should be Writing the Way I’m Running

Today I went for a run for the first time in weeks. I have been busy (I know, no excuse) with a new caregiving responsibility for my mom, who is navigating a recent cancer diagnosis. I am also navigating my own life-changing moment of having left my full-time journalism job (no I’m not comparing her... Continue Reading →


Dressing History: JMM exhibits trace Jewish experience through fashion

By Susan C. Ingram Baltimore Jewish Times April 5, 2019 What does a contemporary hand-crocheted ivory kippah embellished with pearls and gold thread have in common with a hand-painted dress design by a Czech designer in 1939 Prague? And what connection could there be between a decades-old black-and-white tallit gadol and a black-leather motorcycle jacket emblazoned with... Continue Reading →

Thinking, Cooking, Writing and Fear

If you’ve ever wondered why my blog and Twitter handle is Newzcook, it’s because I started this blog when I was an underpaid/overworked community newspaper reporter who loved journalism and cooking on the cheap. The original full blog title was Newzcook: sharp talk/cheap meals. I think a lot when I cook, and often find metaphors... Continue Reading →

No. 10 Pot Pie Comfort

Cold, lean and on-edge. Time for Comfort Food. I suppose it's time to get back to some foodchat. I've been spouting off about the newspaper business (hiring, anyone?) and the DTV revolution, which, by the way, saw a bump in the road last week when the feds ran out of money for those government-sponsored discount... Continue Reading →

No. 3 Why Write

Interesting thoughts on writing and journalism from Ted Pease and Today's Word on Journalism at Writing Books:  "Well, I've worried some about, you know, why write books ... why are we teaching people to write books when presidents and senators do not read them, and generals do not read them. And it's been the university experience... Continue Reading →

No. 2 No, I’m Not Depressed

What this is not. And the first recipe. This is not going to be a nostalgic look back at Depression-era foods and recipes. That's why it's called New Depression Cookbook, meaning now. I guess I could have called it the New Recession Cookbook, but I didn't start this because I was worried about a recession. I... Continue Reading →

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