“The children […] actually rule the Blue Planet of Earth. They are more intelligent than the older people and outrun them on bicycles.”
Ten years ago, in August, we had geothermal heating and cooling installed for our house.
Ten years ago, we had our natural gas cut off permanently, because we no longer need it.
Happy 61st birthday to the Space Race.
October 4, 1957: Sputnik 1 becomes Earth’s first artificial satellite.
Now. When do we get back to the Moon?
This is where the long-ass story goes, right? The one you scroll past, muttering Just show me the freakin’ recipe! under your breath.
It was cold outside yesterday. I had lots of CSA (community supported agriculture) veggies in the house.
OK, story’s over. Here’s the recipe, such as it was:
1 large golden beet
4 small potatoes
2 bell peppers
1 middlin’ zucchini
1 large patty-pan squash
1⁄2 carton of leftover vegetable broth from the back of the fridge
1 block of ice frozen in the vegetable broth carton (my fridge gets cold at the very back, apparently)
1⁄2 carton of leftover beef broth
1 cup of water
So here’s what I did: chopped up all the veggies, into cubes or slices about 1″ thick. Roasted them at 425°F for various times, till they were all nice and softened. The beet took about 45 minutes, all told; the potatoes, onions, and carrots took 30 minutes; the peppers and squash, about 15.
Then I pulsed ’em all in the food processor, till they were smooth but still a bit, well, rustic. I spooned the veggie pâté into a stock pot over medium heat, and stirred in the broths, the chunk of ice, and the water. Heated till it started to boil lightly, stirring every so often.
Served with cheddar-onion fougasse and finished off with a delicious slice of pumpkin pie, both from Chez Angela.
This is the first review I’ve come across for the new made-in-Manitoba anthology Parallel Prairies, and I’m glad to say the reviewer appears to have enjoyed my short story “Vincent and Charlie”.
Another rural close encounter of note in the collection is Brandon-based Patrick Johanneson’s Vincent and Charlie. The story explores the concept of alien telepathy and memory manipulation from inside a mind descending into dementia. Johanneson finds an artful balance between suspense and sentimentality and adds a soupçon of Men in Black for good measure.Sarah Jo Kirsch, The Uniter
Parallel Prairies launches Oct. 11, 2018, at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg, and Oct. 13, 2018, at Brandon University’s John E. Robbins Library.
You can order the book from McNally Robinson, too, if you’d like (there will be copies available at the launches, of course).
Ten years later, this still makes me chuckle.