Author Archives: Michael Katz

Food For Thought

I’m no scientist, but when it comes to the relative temperature of various foods, I am happy to share the following facts: #1. Oatmeal is the hottest consumable substance on earth. If your castle walls are in the process of being scaled by hordes of blood-thirsty enemies, this is the (food)stuff to pour on them. #2. Nothing heats up faster in the microwave than quinoa. Five seconds on “high” and these once benign pellets will melt the roof of your mouth like nobody’s business. #3. Pancakes retain heat […] Click to read more…

 

Big Plans, Small Steps

“He who is outside his door has the hardest part of his journey behind him.” – Dutch Proverb There are many things I like about our refrigerator. I like that the freezer is on the bottom. I like that there are half a dozen little lights (rather than just one big bulb) scattered about, making it easy to find last night’s leftover slice of pizza.* (*Who am I kidding, I ate it before bed. But you get the idea.) I […] Click to read more…

 

What Are You Waiting For?

“In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.” – Irish Proverb My wife, Linda, and I have been in Grecia, Costa Rica now for three weeks. We came here as kind of an experiment: The kids are off to college and beyond; the house has been sold in favor of a maintenance-free condo; and we both work independently and more or less remotely. So, in an attempt to sidestep yet another Massachusetts February, we thought maybe a […] Click to read more…

 

People Are Strange When You’re a Stranger

My wife Linda and I are down in Costa Rica this week. We rented a small house in a little hill town called Grecia. Costa Ricans are legendary for their friendliness and the people who own this house are no exception. In fact, I would venture to say that even by Costa Rican standards, they are warmth outliers – inviting us over for coffee, bringing us fresh homemade yogurt, taking us to see the local attractions. Plus, there are a […] Click to read more…

 

Bear Necessities

You know me, I don’t like to brag.  But there are some things you just can’t keep to yourself.  It all started last Friday, when my wife, Linda, called to let me know there was water coming into our basement.  The weather had been very cold for several days and then, suddenly, it switched to very warm. Plus, it was raining hard.  With the ground still frozen solid, the water was pooling around the house. Some of it started leaking into […] Click to read more…