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Author Archives: Claire Ziamandanis

BETTING ON THE FUTURE

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I may take some heat for this post. Conversely, I may find some like-minded friends, or even motivate others to do some research on the topic. Here goes. I bought some Bitcoin. Then I bought some alt cryptocurrencies: Steem, BAT, Stratis and DigiByte. Yes, I did. My portfolio is up, but I won’t say how much, in case the IRS ... Read More »

EYE CONTACT

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I was working at my favorite Starbucks the other day, a place that allows me to focus and concentrate without the distractions at home.  Okay, I admit it.  Starbucks also provides me a clean table to work at without having to organize my own clutter.  (Where to put it???)  Starbucks also allows me to look around for distraction when I need ... Read More »

NO MATTER HOW YOU SLICE IT…

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One of my summer goals was to try some new cooking flavors.  We tend to get stuck in the typical grilled meal mode over the summer.  Come fall, and then throughout the winter, it is the delicious Italian-food rut where we find ourselves.  I will never complain about a red sauce cooking down on a weekend, making a mess on the ... Read More »

RESURRECTING SAUCED

BV Frites

“I don’t read a lot, but I DO read when you blog!” It was a bit of a throw down. Or a shaming. Stephen and I were over at Anna’s BarVino, always a happy event.  Even if we think we will just go for a glass of wine, eventually a small plate comes calling.  Or two.  Or three.  Always frites. ... Read More »

IT’S COMPLICATED

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Complicated. What an overused word to talk about messy relationships. “Messy” might work better. Or maybe “complicated” does fit. I am sitting in “complicated” right now. Complicated’s name is Cuba. This is my fourth visit to the island, and it has taken four visits for me to move beyond the sense of being overwhelmed by sights, sounds and smells, never ... Read More »

WISE WAZE

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Mobile app meets psychologist’s couch. How on earth did Waze know so much?  As I got on the Northway heading south recently, I turned on the app Waze, and in its extremely intuitive manner, it did not tell me if there was a vehicle stopped on the shoulder ahead, or even a cop.  Instead, I got this: OMG!!! HOW DID ... Read More »

MORE THAN MOJITOS

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If you are a Facebook friend, you have seen the photos I was tagged in from Cuba. It was a LEGAL trip!  Really! There were many mojitos, and some classic car rides throughout, but our recent trip to Havana was on the up and up.  Every day of our adventure had an educational purpose, something quite easy to accomplish for ... Read More »

AUTHENTICITY?

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We have moved.  That is an entire blog post of its own, but I think I am still processing that immense change.  It is not blog-able just yet. We are now official residents of the Adirondacks.  North Country folk.  Country music is on the radio.  It is a glorious life this time of year.  Nights are cool, and days are ... Read More »

TYRANNY

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Definition: despotic abuse of authority. I first envisioned this post to be about iTunes Match.  I made the mistake of signing up for iTunes Match in a moment of stinginess fiscal responsibility.  I did not want to upgrade my phone yet, and I had no room for my music on the phone.  iTunes Match seemed the PERFECT solution! Tyranny. iTunes Match ... Read More »

IN A POOPLESS WORLD

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While this winter has been largely snow-less in upstate New York (and I am not complaining to that fact), we have had our fair share of very windy days and nights.  Our front lawn is home to several old silver maple trees, majestic in the summer, stunning in the fall, but prone to breakage in those frigid winter winds. Last ... Read More »

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