"The accordion would be her dream, playing
schottisches and polkas at weddings and dances."
[i really can't tell you how much i love alvina.
you have to get the book to find out why.]
Maxine: model, muse, matriarch, medieval scribe.
"Take a crane, and unfolde his legges, and cut off his wynges and his legges, and sauce him with poudres of gynger, mustard, vynegre and salte."
Maxime de la Falaise: The New York Times
Seven Centuries of English Cooking
"Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure, but the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it. So I think it fair to say that by any conventional measure, a mere seven years after my graduation day, I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless. The fears that my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass, and by every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew."
J.K. Rowling on The Fringe Benefits of Failure
This one's for you, Bricolage...