Biltong part 1

For today’s episode of Sandy-in-the-Kitchen, we’re going to attempt… BILTONG. Will this result in a skillful demonstration of our Zombie Apocalypse survival skills? Or a zany up-close-and-personal interview with e-Coli? Let’s find out! (Hey, it’s raw meat… what could possibly go wrong?) Biltong, in case you don’t know, is “strips of lean meat dried in the open air”, and is commonly believed to have originated in South Africa. I took a class on how to Continue Reading →


When I was a teenager, I used to frequently have these moments I referred to in my head as “epiphanies”. They were kind of like that scene in the movie ‘V for Vendetta‘ when all these memories from different sources swirl through Finch’s mind simultaneously and suddenly he realizes the truth about the Three Waters incident. I really loved these moments, where it felt like my mind had synthesized assorted pieces of information and … Continue Reading →

first, do no harm

here’s some old bullshit originally published 10/27/09, cuz I got nothin’ new at the moment. My, but I was feisty back then. ———————— Primum non nocere is a Latin phrase that means “First, do no harm.” The phrase is sometimes recorded as primum nil nocere. Nonmaleficence, which derives from the maxim, is one of the principal precepts that all medical students are taught in medical school and is a fundamental principle for emergency medical services Continue Reading →

Ladies of Liberty 2014

Following up on the Knives, Lipstick, Liberty,… and Life post, the first-ever (as far as I know) wall calendar of New Hampshire female liberty activists is a wrap (shrink-wrap, that is)!  In fact, it’s barreling its way across the country as I type, departing from scenic Great Falls, MT (I actually have no idea if Great Falls, MT is scenic, but I’m willing to give it the benefit of the doubt) last Thursday. Fed Ex Continue Reading →

laissez les bon temps roulez

It’s time for another thrilling edition of Sandy in the Kitchen! This week’s project is Paleo Crockpot Jambalaya Soup. Laissez les bon temps roulez!! First, I chop a rainbow of peppers and onions: green, orange, red, yellow and purple. Tres jolie! Then I grab the chicken breasts that I purchased specifically for this project. Only, I procrastinated a bit, so the mass-produced decidedly unorganic chicken is now two weeks past its use-by date. Take a Continue Reading →

evolution of skipping

As I and my laptop attempt to recover from the unspeakable horror of the last several minutes, I’m inspired to take a brief nostalgic trip down memory lane to review the evolution of skipping in recorded musical media. vinyl – A barely visible scratch, or a speck of dust, could cause a vinyl record to start skipping. But a Fonzi-like bang on the wall or stomp on the floor was often enough to bump it Continue Reading →

knives, lipstick, liberty, and… life

Several  months ago my friend and Free State Project compatriot Jenn Coffey let the word out that she’d been diagnosed with breast cancer.  She has bravely been blogging about the experience ever since. Although it has been painful and depressing to read, it has been educational for me; I really had no idea what a time-consuming, frustrating pain in the ass it is to get treated for cancer! It seems particularly ironic, in a haha-you’re-really-NOT-being-funny-universe Continue Reading →

Liberty Activist Journal

Liberty Activist Journal, day 1,327,649 – fifth consecutive night of poor sleep. Am stressed about looming deadline on writing project for Queen Quill and Jeffrey Tucker.  Am stressed about lack of income. Am stressed about state of the world. Am stressed about ungodly pile of dirty dishes from holiday cooking frenzy, (still) waiting for me in kitchen.  Am hungry, but am now out of clean plates. Eating requires doing at least some dishes first.  Hate Continue Reading →