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Washington, DC - Frances Bea
Washington, DC
I was in Washington D.C. this weekend. A cousin of mine had a party for his high school graduation. My cousin is a great kid, though I've never gotten to know him very well. The party was the sort that is more for the family than the nominal man of the hour, so I hope that he did get to have some celebratory time with his own friends. It was a good opportunity to catch up with family I don't see often. I was also able to catch a short lunch with an old friend who lives in the D.C. area.

I didn't find any exciting new foods this week, but I did make a yummy pot of twelve-bean soup. We had some cold weather and this is my favorite rib-sticking meal. I started with the recipe in Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure, though the recipe has become thoroughly personalized over the years. This is a great way to use up small quantities of different kinds of dry beans, and any given pot of the soup that I make is likely to have between 15 and 20 different varieties.

This week I read A Thousand Words for Stranger by Julie Czerneda. This is a story I read many years ago, but remembered only fragments of it. It is a science fiction novel about a woman who finds herself on an alien planet with no memory of her past or her self - running from something she can't identify. It's a good story, and in the years since I first read it the author has written a number of other things which I might read now. I also read Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite. This one was a disappointment after reading Drawing Blood a few weeks ago. It was a vampire story - and I am getting quite sick of vampire stories. They all seem to argue the premise is that either vampires are poor, misunderstood folks with super-powers, or they are the killers as rumored but are too multi-dimensional, tortured, and/or sexy for the reader to mind that much. This one was of the latter variety, and edged on depressing. Personally, I prefer heroes who are not casually homicidal. My understanding is that the author has been moving away from the outré into stories I might like better. Drawing Blood was very good, so I think I'll read one of her more recent books to see where she's going.
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