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This is homemade ice cream flavored with rosewater, saffron and pistachio nuts at Saffron’s Persian Restaurant in Louisville, KY. It is the most interesting dessert I have ever tasted! Flavoring with rosewater is nothing new; in fact, it is traditional in Middle Eastern cooking. But it is new to me. The curious thing was that it was so absolutely delicious and capped off the meal so perfectly that a few spoonfuls were more than enough. The pistachio and saffron flavors were definitely secondary to the taste of rose, the unusualness of which was delightful and unforgettable.

These are the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. If you look closely at the bottom photo, you can see me in my green coat waiting at the box office. We went to see the hugely humorous Veri**on Play by Lisa Kron, who was also playing the lead role. This production tickled my funny bone (humerus?) on all sides, and my audience mates on all sides were also chuckling hard enough to shake my seat. I can not remember when I laughed so much, especially while realizing how at the mercy of “customer service” we all are in the post-Modern world. The best comedy, in my opinion, mimics and exaggerates our experiences to help us laugh at ourselves/situations — levity rules, Lisa! Thanks for sharing your talent with the world!

This is Lake Erie near Monroe, Michigan on Sunday, March 11. This is the earliest in any year I’ve walked a Michigan beach and I must say it was nothing short of perfect. There weren’t too many people out but the redwing blackbirds were trilling in force. The early spring is glorious, isn’t it? Nothing short of perfect.

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