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The View from Here  - 19 March 2019

The View from Here - 19 March 2019

| March 19, 2019
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(Some of) This Week's Unanswered Questions

1. Is a proposed ban on assault weapons in NZ an overreaction or are Kiwis just more pragmatic/rational (and less politically motivated) than we are?

2. After a so-called Blue Tsunami in the NM November elections, why were the "big Bills" stuck in Committee or defeated in the Senate? What will we think of the 2019 Legislative Session when the report cards are in?

3. What can we learn from Tanitoluwa Adewumi? That there's life beyond the College Admissions Scandal? Click here

4. Wherefore art thou, Brexit? 

5. Guilty Pleasures: What are the odds for Colton and Cassie?  (Rose: 10  Ring: 0)



New England Clam Chowder with Leeks and Bacon


  • 36 clams in the shell, well scrubbed

  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 cup dry white wine

  • 1/4 lb. lean bacon, rind removed, coarsely chopped

  • 1 leek, including tender green portions, trimmed, carefully washed and thinly sliced

  • 1 Tbs. all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups light cream

  • 1 lb. red potatoes, peeled or unpeeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 3/4 tsp. dried thyme

  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

  • 1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh chives

  • 1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh parsley


Discard any cracked or open clams. In a large pot, melt 1 Tbs. of the butter over low to medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté until it begins to soften, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the water and wine, raise the heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat slightly. Immediately add the clams, cover and steam just until they open, 7 to 10 minutes.

Line a strainer with a cheesecloth and set inside a large bowl. Pour the contents of the pot into the strainer; discard any unopened clams. Set the clams and strained liquid aside separately.

Rinse out the pot, add the remaining 1 Tbs. butter and place over medium heat. Add the bacon and sauté until it just begins to brown. Add the leek and sauté until it begins to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle in the flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute more.

Stirring continuously, pour in the reserved clam liquid and the cream. When the liquid reaches a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer. Add the potatoes and thyme.

Pull the clams from the shells. If they are large, cut them into 1/2-inch pieces. When the potatoes are tender, after about 15 minutes, add the clams and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes more. Season with pepper. Ladle into warmed bowls and garnish with the chives and parsley.

Notes: You can get a pint of frozen clams "Born in the USA" at the Whole Foods on Wyoming. And, like most Williams Sonoma recipes, this needs more seasoning. Serve with a salad - a great Sunday Night dinner!

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Often, with the promise of Spring in the air, I take inventory and think about more than Spring-cleaning: "What else needs attention?" Why is it that the most important thing for too many of us gets short shrift on that sometimes-introspective To Do List? (Let's face it, how often do you pro-actively make an appointment with your chiropractor? I wait until my back is so out of alignment I am a walking-pretzel.)

So, what about relationships? Does yours need a little de-cluttering? A tweak? A tune-up? Here's an idea:

I first ran across  Brené Brown through a  TED Podcast on vulnerability  and have since discovered tons of people who follow her and read her books. If you're a devotee of Brené Brown or your relationship might benefit from a "daring" tune-up, April needn't be just about paying taxes - it  could be about paying better attention:CLICK HERE

Maybe your Summer will read like a romance novel....



Watch schoolchildren in Christchurch perform an impromptu haka in tribute to two of their classmates who were killed in an attack on NZ mosques last week.

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"Dignity. Grace. Courage."

We need more leaders like Jacinda Ardern and Why She Matters


Have a wonderful and kind week.