Here is la bicyclette. Still needs the water bottle holder and bottle, and the panniers (fancy French word for saddle bags. I bought a set that works for grocery bags. This was one of my reasons to buy a bike, so that I could grocery shop with it instead of using the car.)

In the background, behold the lettuce bong with tomatoes, and to its left the fate that usually befalls plants in my garden: certain death.

I thought of naming the bike “Bruiser” but then I liked “Whitey” better. Holly thought I’d written “Whitney” so now I will have to get speakers for the bike and blast Whitney Houston all day long. (Kidding. The world is noisy enough already. Not gonna add to it.)

A New Green Deal

I just ordered a hydroponic growing system and am so excited that I want to run and jump around and squee. Check out what I’m getting:

No, I did not pick these. The web site put together a pack for me, based on the season and my zip code. Once I get more experience under my belt, I’ll start picking my own. Because c’mon, gotta have some arugula! And tomatoes and cukes and stuff when it’s time.

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Dear H,

Thank you for a pleasant and productive meeting today.

Please find appended the promised information relating to the topics we discussed:

  1. First things first: How to Trick your Brain into Falling Asleep. Good luck! Let me know if/how it works for you.
    • There is also the Ten Percent Happier app. My favorite teacher on there is Jeff Warren, and my favorite thing he said is this: “Sometimes meditation is easy. Sometimes it’s hard. You don’t care. You’re the body breathing.”
    • Another app I love is the Insight Timer – it has lots of guided meditations, and a simple timer with a variety of Tibetan singing bowls.
  2. As a bonus, here is another TED talk, about depression. She explains it better than I ever could, and she even mentions transcranial magnetic stimulation. There is a cut in the video, and you can tell that it was cut because her voice sounds very different after. She explains what happened, on her blog.
  3. Speaking of The Bloggess, she is opening a bookstore in San Antonio, but there’s still lots of construction and remodeling to do. She came up with a brilliant idea to already make money with the store: she started a book club where you get a new release once a month. I signed up, of course. :-) It’s here if you’re curious: – and of course it’s still there if you aren’t. She said on her blog that she expected maybe 50 people to sign up – and it’s already more than 2,000. (Have you been to San Antonio? I want to go.)
  4. The Popsugar Reading Challenge is here. Little nerdling that I am, I made myself a spreadsheet to check off the prompts in my reading. And of course I am on goodreads too.
  5. To stay on the topic of books for a moment, I forgot to tell you the best audiobook I have heard in a long time. Ta-Nehesi Coates, “The Water Dancer”, read by Joe Morton. I’d wanted to read it, and when I heard that Joe Morton was the narrator, I was SOLD. You can listen to the first ten minutes here.
  6. As I said, Anthony Trollope was as popular and prolific as his contemporary Charlie Dickens. I am pleased as punch that I have found The Barchester Chronicles on the yootube. Be patient – young Alan Rickman does not show up until the 3rd episode.
  7. The company that does the genetic testing that I had, to see which mental health treatments work well for me and which ones don’t, is called Genomind. They call what they do “Personalized Medicine:” ““Personalized medicine” is a somewhat new medical model that uses patient specific information, such as your own genetic makeup (or genotype) in order to enable an individualized approach to treatment. For example, up to half of all patients respond poorly to the first psychiatric medicine they try because everyone’s body is different, partially based upon their own individual genetic makeup.” My insurance decided not to cover it (big surprise! LOL), it cost $300.
  8. And last but not least, here is my Daily Harvest referral code.

Love, linkage, and lifestyle consulting,


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Dear M,

Thank you for meeting with me today. here is my follow-up on the topics we discussed:

  • I had it all wrong about Lithub, the unreliable narrators were here.
  • Lithub is still great though, with lots of random reading lists and lots of great articles by Rebecca Solnit.
  • Mt. Hamilton is not named after Alexander Hamilton, as you correctly surmised. Wikipedia says:
  • Speaking of Hamilton, a great place to get familiar with it is – it has all the lyrics, and lots of annotations (many by Lin-Manuel Miranda the creator himself) explaining historical backgrounds and puns and phrases borrowed from other musicals or from rap or hip hop songs. And it shows who sings which parts, which makes it easier to understand when you hear it the first one hundred times. 
  • The Hamilton app has a ticket lottery for each performance.
  • And the closest showing right now is at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco – the run got extended to end of May 2020. GREAT GREAT cast.

Raise a glass to free-hee-dom!