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An Eclectic Mind

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

Last Build Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:19:32 +0000


“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

The Mobile Mansion is Gone

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:14:52 +0000

Another chapter of my old life ends. It took a year to sell, but I got my price and it went to some great people. Continue reading

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese with Chicken and Peas

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:00:40 +0000

A one-pot dinner in 15 minutes. After making this, you'll never eat mac and cheese made from a box again. Continue reading

The First Mushroom Hunt of Autumn 2016

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:00:53 +0000

Limited success and a bunch of new mushrooming resources. Continue reading

Helicopter Rides at Quincy

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:00:24 +0000

I do helicopter rides at a Quincy, WA event -- and stop for a milkshake on the way home. A good day with great flying weather and lots of nice passengers. Continue reading

On Unreasonable Requests

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:15:57 +0000

I get a call for a flight I won't do -- no matter how much is offered. No, calling for a helicopter charter isn't just like calling for a cab. Continue reading

AOPA’s Consolidated Blog

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 14:19:12 +0000

Better exposure for my articles. Maybe I can convert a few plank drivers? Continue reading

The Bighorn Sheep in My Yard

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 03:30:34 +0000

Wild Kingdom* out my window. A herd decides to have lunch in my side yard, just 100 feet from where I watched them. Continue reading

Construction: The Garage Shelves

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 14:00:50 +0000

It was a mess. Now it's not. The key to controlling clutter is to have a place for everything so it can be put away. Continue reading

The “Million Dollar View”

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 14:45:45 +0000

A friend reminds me about what I now take for granted. It's priceless to me. Continue reading