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Two and twenty

When I was one-and-twenty
       I heard a wise man say,
“Give crowns and pounds and guineas
       But not your heart away;
Give pearls away and rubies
       But keep your fancy free.”
But I was one-and-twenty,
       No use to talk to me.
When I was one-and-twenty
       I heard him say again,
“The heart out of the bosom
       Was never given in vain;
’Tis paid with sighs a plenty
       And sold for endless rue.”
And I am two-and-twenty,
       And oh, ’tis true, ’tis true.
~A.E. Housman

Choir Boy

My Tuesday in NYC ended with a performance of the play Choir Boy in a detailed and affecting performance by an ensemble cast.

I cried just a bit at the end.

Earlier Tuesday:

  • Greenwich Village for tea and some Taiwanese Linzer cookies
  • vegan lunch with Jacob Scott
  • a stop by the Happy Socks store
  • a nap
  • dinner with Yufei at a brasserie
  • snow, then sleet and freezing rain, then pouring rain in the evening
  • soaked shoes
  • a Tito’s & tonic nightcap

A house party

I had the delight on Saturday evening to sing some British songs from the first quarter of the 20th century — this at a house party hosted by my colleague Ruth Price.

Fifteen of us gathered for bit of light entertainment and then a wonderful gourmet meal. All on a Downton Abbey them.

And a good time was had by all!

English muffins

What to do with extra sourdough starter?

Make sourdough English muffins!

My first attempt was successful as making sourdough bread in the shape and style of English muffins. Less so in making the texture.

Mine are too spongy. Next time I’ll do what my instinct told me — measure by weight rather than volume.

But this was a fun and tasty experiment!

Sourdough English muffins cooling on the counter.

Thursday morning. A breakfast sandwich of a bacon/cheese omelet on a homemade English muffin.