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An Eclectic Mind

Web site and blog for Maria Langer, freelance writer and commercial helicopter pilot.

Last Build Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:37:50 +0000


In Defiance of Logic and Reason

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 15:56:31 +0000

My thoughts on a photo that sickens me. Can a woman really be this dimwitted? Continue reading

Prepping for Winter

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 21:00:46 +0000

I get started on my winter preparation chores. A lot of little chores to get the place ready for winter -- many of which will make things easier in spring. Continue reading

Construction: The Windowsills

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 21:06:24 +0000

Something a little different for a different kind of home. A discussion, with photos and video, of the evolution of my home's windowsills, from bare wood to hand-carved cedar planks. Continue reading

Banking Stupidity

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:00:44 +0000

Yesterday's snafu, which cost me about 3 hours of my life. How frustrating when things don't work they way they should -- or at least the way you think they should. Continue reading

Home Tour, 8-Oct-16

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 14:00:13 +0000

Another look at my work-in-progress home. A video tour of my living space. Continue reading

Pressure Cooker Beef (or Oxtail) Barley Soup

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 16:26:50 +0000

One of my favorites, made quickly with a twist. Excellent with some crusty bread on a cold winter day. Continue reading

Another Rides Gig

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 16:00:34 +0000

The ground crew really makes a difference. A little about last weekend's helicopter rides gig and what makes a gig worth doing. Continue reading

Sous Vide Steak

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 19:00:06 +0000

An update to my post about exploring sous vide cooking. This was probably the most delicious, perfectly cooked steak I've ever eaten. Continue reading

Exploring Sous Vide Cooking

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:48:07 +0000

As if I needed another new thing to explore. A good deal on an immersion circulator gives me a sous vide cooker for a fraction of the price. Continue reading

“Incredibly Sad”

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:30:37 +0000

Putting things in perspective. Should some deaths be sadder than others? Continue reading

The Democrats Dinner

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:50:04 +0000

Another new experience. Two blog posts in one. Continue reading

A Note on Apple Stock

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:01:48 +0000

I'm doing some math this morning and I thought I'd share an old image. What Apple stock looked like in 1997. Continue reading

Wintering in an RV

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:40:04 +0000

Some answers for a reader. A follow-up to my 2013 blog post about prepping my RV for winter living. Continue reading

Living with Cheap Power

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 15:07:21 +0000

When conserving power seems silly. Renewable resources can help us all live better, cheaper. Continue reading

Instant Pot Chicken Mole

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 15:11:29 +0000

Another great recipe for my pressure cooker. A classic Mexican dish made quick and easy in a pressure cooker. Continue reading