Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sharing Recipes: Easy Halibut

As part of my new diet and exercise regimen, I have fish three to four times a week.

Yesterday, I tried the following quick and easy halibut recipe.



4 halibut fillets (about 1.5 pounds)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp chervil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup margarine

  • Arrange the fillets in a square microwaveable dish.
  • Sprinkle with salt, black pepper and chervil.
  • Drizzle with lemon juice.
  • Cover tightly with saran wrap.
  • Microwave on high for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Rotate the dish after 4 minutes.
  • Cook until the fish flakes easily with a fork.
  • Let the fillets stand covered for three minutes. Drain.
  • Microwave the margarine on medium for 1 to 2 minutes or until melted.
  • Pour over fish.
Makes 4 servings.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Riveting Movie--The Social Network

I am still thinking about the movie...six hours later.

I can't think of too many recent movies that have affected me to that degree.

I was fascinated by the characters and the story line.

Actor Jesse Eisenberg captures the abrasive, know-it-all personality that made Mark Zuckerberg an outcast at Harvard. The actor taps into the darker side of the world's youngest billionaire and delivers an Oscar-worthy performance.

Supporting actor, Andrew Garfield, delivers an outstanding performance as the best friend who supplied basic seed money but was cast aside once Facebook hit the big time.

Pop star Justin Timberlake plays Napster bad-boy Sean Parker and lures Zuckerberg to California.

As the movie alternates between the two lawsuits and the evolution of Facebook, we learn how a casual conversation and a broken relationship motivated a brilliant, insecure young man to create the most popular social network of our time.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A 39-year old dream

At age 17, I dreamt of writing the great Canadian novel.  I planned to get a general B.A. and take a few years off to travel and write about my experiences.

But when push came to shove, I  gave in to my practical Italian side. Instead, I majored in mathematics and  pursued a teaching career. I planned to teach during the day and spend my evenings, weekends and holidays churning out best-selling novels.

How hard could it be? The school day ended in mid-afternoon, and I had 12 weeks of holiday time. That would give me plenty of time to devote to my true passion.

That was the dream.

The reality was very different.

Even though I had many satisfying and fulfilling moments throughout my career, I found the teaching profession to be a very challenging and demanding one. I never had the time and energy to start a writing practice.

Two years ago, I decided to take advantage of early retirement.

So far, I have no regrets. I am spending more time with family and friends and experimenting with a variety of hobbies and activities.

The writing dream is still alive and well. I write almost every day and have sold many of my articles and book reviews.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Starting Over

Since I retired, do-overs and start-overs have become a regular part of my life.

It seems I can't spend too long on any one activity. I get excited about something, go at it full blast, and then let it fizzle out slowly.

This is in direct contrast to my teaching career. While I took a couple of years off--one for leisure and another for cancer--I stayed on a linear path for 31 years.

This blog is also a do-over. I posted to La Frugalista for almost 18-months (my new commitment record) and have decided to change direction. Instead, I will be writing (and ranting) about my life and the many winding roads of retirement.

I welcome all your comments, especially those from fellow retirees.