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Happy Friday! It’s time for a drink, and an exchange of show and tell. I’ll go first.

This darling creature is the hummingbird that, bless her rapidly palpating heart, decided to build a nest right outside my desk window. Do you see her? Up in the corner? Whenever I feel the office blues welling up inside me, I look no further than this flurry of feathers flitting about.

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I’m back. And I brought snacks. With the Oscars right around the corner, it’s time to elevate the lowly popcorn to its 15 minutes of fame.

But first a story.

Once upon a time there was a young woman who strayed dangerously close to a cult called “The Foodies.” As everyone knows, this fickle group is known for yammering incessantly about the distinctions of truffle oils and Himalayan rock salts.

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Creativity needs room to breathe. But for people like me, creativity needs boundaries and structure too. A desk with a straight-backed chair and a strict teacher.

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What is this monster rearing its Medusa-like heads on my kitchen stove?

That would be a cauliflower, that’s actually flowering. Even garden-variety vegetables, when left to their own devices, will attempt to copulate in your backyard. A warm spell could be implicated too; the cold-loving cauliflower has a habit of “bolting” (i.e., growing leggy and putting out seed to cross-pollinate) when the mercury rises.

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