Jun 14, 2013


The Boise Basin Museum

Sometimes, I crack myself up. I can be so cotton pickin' eclectic. For example, I am on lunch break at our Boise Basin Museum, a brick and mortar structure built in 1867. Using chopsticks, my meal consists of grape tomatoes, Greek Kalamata olives, smoked Gouda cheese, and strips of seaweed roasted with olive oil and a smidgeon of sea salt. My beverage is hot green tea.

The roasted seaweed is surprisingly good! It is produced by Kevin Nho at Seaweed Love. It is naturally charged with vitamin A and C, calcium, and iron. They can be eaten alone, crumbled on top of salads, or added to crackers with cream cheese. If you enjoy sushi, you might appreciate this product.

Why the chopsticks? I left my fork at home and the museum sells chopsticks in honor of the 6000 Chinese gold miners that were here during the Idaho City Gold Rush. 

 Eclectically yours,

Jun 11, 2013

Mind Travels

The Old Courthouse | Idaho City, ID

the desire to learn or know about anything; inquisitiveness. 

Curiosity is a catalyst in my life. I remember, as a wee lass, being told not to enter a bedroom in my Nana and Papa's Spanish stucco home. That bedroom door became the biggest distraction for me. I must have walked down that short hallway a dozen times before I finally entered the room. To my disappointment, all that awaited me was a spanking.

Of course, being told "no" seems to naturally incite human desire, but I'm talking about inquisitiveness as a way of life. That burning need to know the whys of things and then to make it part of our own experience.

Just this week, I observed sunlight illuminate the crushed diamonds in drill bits (used for mining). I studied the anatomy of an old phonograph. Two museum guests showed me how ham radios work, and a Cajun couple shared the difference between Cajun and Creole cooking. "It's not so much what you cook, but how you cook it," they said as we parted ways.

I have often said that if people are bored, it's their own faults — especially with today's overstimulation. There is way too much information to cram into one lifetime, but I am working on it.

Curiously yours,