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on japan

when something so enormous and awful happens, it’s hard to even talk about it in terms that don’t sound trite. so i appreciate how the president of my university approaches it in the broadcast email she sent last night, making it personal to us, but keeping the global perspective at the fore. thank you, phyllis wise.

(it is a very good list of relief organizations. please consider giving.)

Dear Members of the UW Community:

The widespread devastation wrought by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan has deeply touched and saddened our UW community. Our hearts go out to the people of Japan as they grapple with the aftermath of these tragic events.

Fortunately, all UW students and faculty who were in Japan when the earthquake struck on March 11 have been accounted for and are unharmed. Since then, on March 16, the U.S. Department of State issued a Travel Warning for Japan, strongly urging U.S. citizens to defer travel to Japan and those in Japan to consider departing. The UW Office of Global Affairs has cancelled all International Programs and Exchanges programs in Japan effective immediately and is working to assist the 17 UW students who are still in Japan to depart.

While we are relieved that our students and faculty who were in Japan when the earthquake occurred are safe, we are also mindful that there is a staggering number of people who are not. Thousands of lives have been lost, and thousands of others are injured, homeless, or missing. The nuclear crisis has added even more anxiety and urgency to what was already an all but unfathomable situation. We have more than 200 students from Japan, and it is hard to imagine how much concern they in particular must feel for their family, friends, and loved ones in their home country.

Many of you have inquired about ways in which you can help the international relief efforts being mounted in Japan. I hope you will take a moment to view this list of organizations that are accepting donations for disaster relief and contribute in any way you can to help those in need.

We will continue to update you on news about the disaster in Japan and its effects on our UW community.
Sincerely,

Phyllis M. Wise
Interim President

hark, i hear a lifestyle!

please visit Hark Lifestyle, which is curated by my darling niece and some of her friends at emerson college. they did magicflakes and MfEd the great honor of linking and big-upping us over there, and here is some love back to them. they are adorable and their site is just lovely.

(for those of you who don’t know, having a niece is one of the most wonderful things that can happen to a person, and i am so happy to have the one i do. she is talented, brilliant, charming, kind, funny, beautiful, etc etc. i love her very much. she’s the k in hark, in addition to being the apple of my eye.)

7 courses in 7 hours

where do ideas come from? this one came from either a discussion of the corson building or jersey shore but whatever the case, it was an instance of drunken plan making that ran from glimmer to fruition in the course of two days.

“have you ever had a 7-course meal?”
“maybe at a restaurant. never cooked one myself, though. have you?”
“definitely never cooked one. it’s possible i’ve had one out.”
“we should cook one.”
“let’s do.”
“how about saturday.”

so on friday we planned the menu, focusing on ingredients on hand. only two recipes required advance preparation, so we took care of those in the morning, and then headed to the market to procure the missing items: champagne, mineral water, a lemon.

about 3:30 we started assembly for the first couple of courses, and by 4:15 we had ourselves dolled up (steve madden for him and franco sarto for her) and were ready to begin.

friends, it was a long haul. we didn’t plan on dining for 7 hours. despite the modest portions and frequent breaks (both for lolling — both senses — on the couch and for whipping up the next and next and next course), we were done in by 11. we speculate that having champagne so early in the program may have something to do with this. we never made it to the informal 8th course: “and then we’ll have cocktails!”

feast your eyes on our feast, and take this advice: maybe try 4 courses in 4 hours the first time. the full 7 may take some training.

the menu

3 of the 7