All about the Pie Shop

  • Why Pie & Golf? - Why not? To my mind, it’s a fairly perfect real-world mash up. Click on the “comments” link to discuss golf, pie, and life with me, your hostess at the Slice of Heaven 24-Hour Pie Shop and Driving Range. I’m here...
  • Basic Pie Crust - the basic crust
  • A Night Out at the Hu Ke Lau - What can it be like to be a member of the Show at a Polynesian restaurant in Chicopee, Mass.? I can only wonder what the six dancers, four musicians, and the MC do the rest of the time. You may...
  • Vodka in the Pie Crust - Somehow, a chat with Becca, Paul, and Macy this morning went very quickly from ghosts to silly putty to play dough to eating play dough to eating library past to making — of course — pie dough. “The new secret...
  • Making Pie Crust - You must not work the dough too much. Fine flaky crust requires a light touch. I cut the shortening into the flour, rocking the cutter as I go. There was a time, though, when I would grasp two knives and...
  • Ten Hours of Chatter - “Ten hours of chatter,” said Marilyn, when she saw my post in Facebook late in the day, but early for her in China. It was productive chatter, though, I think — and something I needed to help me move ahead,...
  • Morning at the Slice of Heaven 24-Hour Pie Shop and Driving Range - It’s a little before noon so I am just coming in to work. The morning guy has already been there to chat with the late shift postal workers and firefighters. He’s stocked the soda machine and, once again, removed the...
  • Bjean’s Twitter Feed - Follow me as Mab Widdershins at http://twitter.com. And I really do wish more of you would take the time to tweet.
  • Favtape & Pandora - Here’s a link to the songs I have bookmarked at Pandora: http://favtape.com/pandora/msdavinci
  • What’s on the jukebox? - As I have mentioned, the morning guy says “no” to Dixie Chicks, but I do like the girls, and sometimes I find that I have bits of “A Home” stuck in my head, especially the line, “Not a night goes...
  • Golf Lesson Number One - The morning guy gave me a golf lesson — by email — a couple of weeks ago. I was hoping for something more personal, like the snuggly stuff they always show in the movies, but I will take what I...
  • Yes, the Pie Shop Will Have a Scan Toaster - Some people like to read a stack of newspapers in the morning. Some people watch The Weather Channel. Some do both. Me, I like to read Lifehacker and BoingBoing. Both readings give me a never-ending supply of tips for making...
  • Large Hadron Collider Webcam - From Boing Boing Gadgets: Watch protons dry with Large Hadron Collider official webcams Posted by Rob Beschizza, September 12, 2008 5:21 AM | permalink They’re just warming up the dipole magnets, and the first major experiment (bunching thousands of protons...
  • Rainy Sunday - No golf today, but I did wake up this morning hearing Candi Stanton’s tune “I’ll sing a love song to you” in my head, so that’s a good start for the day.  Here it is for you, too. I’d play...
  • Slice Mulligan’s Lyrics - “Golf Songs for the Everyday Golfer” http://www.slicemulligan.com/lyrics.htm
  • Full Moon Golf Music - So, yes, I know it’s September and not July, but this song does have a great lyric in it: My arms are empty and the moon is full. It’s a sad, sad song,  and don’t you agree that they ought...
  • A Perfect Cup of Coffee - Oh, yes. I remember coffee. Did you know that there is not even a support group for people who, for reasons both sad and true, are better off without caffeine? My name is Barbara Jean, and I am in coffee...
  • September Full Moon - I went out to the driving range earlier than I had planned because I was a little worried about the usual weather prediction of thunder storms, but then I live in SoFLA so what do I expect? Still I did...
  • Golf Lesson Sept. 16, 2008 - I love how almost everything I am learning about golf is a life lesson. Consequently, I am in no hurry ever to get beyond the driving range and on to the course. This morning, Sandra and I spent an hour...
  • Poetry and Coffee (sorry, no pie) - The Morning Guy claims not to listen to NPR, but he does seem to read Garrison Keillor’s website “The Writer’s Almanac” which astounds and confuses me. I do listen to NPR, but built up a sensitivity to Keillor’s voice over...
  • Lemonade Pie - Didn’t get what I wanted, and you know what they said? Honey, when life hands you a lemon, make lemonade. I always said, when life hands you a lemon, look for tequila and salt. How to make Lemonade Pie: Take...
  • If Heaven Was a Pie it Would be Cherry - At least that’s what Andy Griggs says . . . If heaven was a pie it would be cherry So cool and sweet and heavy on your tongue And just one bite would satisfy your hunger And there'd always be...
  • Book Shelves for the Pie Shop - Yes, of course we need book shelves. And we’ll be filling them bit by bit. Right now, my favorite library consists of the bookshelves in the lobby of The Colony Hotel in Delray Beach.  I’m guessing it’s okay to take...
  • Golf Tip Number 4 - A couple of days ago, The Morning Guy gave me another tip. It took him three post-its to write it all out. Fortunately, he has very precise and legible handwriting. “You are ready for golf tip Number 4,” he writes....
  • Evolution or Creation?: The Story of Eggs Benedict Pie - In 1894, the story goes, Lemmy Benedict, bored and hungover, told the chef at the Waldorf Astoria that we wanted something different for breakfast. What he ordered doesn’t seem all that different: poached eggs, bacon, and buttered toast. But he...
  • Leave the Pieces When You Go - I haven’t slept well this week, which I can only blame on the gibbous waning moon, and just being out of whack in general. Perhaps you already know the three concepts that I hold so dear, especially here at the...
  • Peeled Onion Dream Pie - “Just peel the onion,” they say. “Peel back the layers and see what you find.” I say “Nothing,” but I am wrong. Nothing is just what I found at the time, but now I know it’s full of space, and...
  • Holding Hands Pie - Holding Hands Pie, created by Emily Alden Foster. You can read her blog at http://whatisupwithemily.blogspot.com. We recommend it, with or without coffee and whipped cream. She made this particular pie for my son’s birthday. What a girl!
  • Sometimes you can get enough . . . of Barry White - Last night, out on the driving range, well after dark, I go through 100 balls in only an hour, which I know is much too fast. I’m not spending enough time in the silent space between the swings, and I’m...
  • Problems with the Large Hadron Collider - You know this is breaking my heart. I want it online now and forever. “Why?” asks my former Cub Scout Hiland. “It can’t kill us all with a localized black hole if it’s offline.” And I can only remind him...
  • Thru and Thru - I’ve had this song kicking through my mind for a few days, but really only the “Open 24 hours” part. I’m glad to be able to identify it, and to hear the whole thing once again. I’ll save my usual...
  • Spawn of Satan Pie - I’m out on the driving range before noon today, but I can’t concentrate. Today, I will blame the New York Yankees since their fans are coming out of the woodwork to mourn the passing of their blessed temple in the...
  • I’ve Been Lonely Before - I have loved this Madeleine Peyroux song since the first time I heard it. Like the singer, I know I’m all right. And yes, I have been lonely before, too. Someone asked me recently if I wasn’t afraid of growing...
  • Spawn of Satan Pie Recipe - Spawn of Satan Pie Recipe Created in Honor of NY Yankee Derek Jeter’s Birthday Ingredients: 3/4 cup ricotta cheese 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 1/2 cup cut-up cooked chicken 1 1/4 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese 1 clove garlic, minced...
  • Birthday cake is good, but birthday pie might be even better - NOTE: This post has been written by Guest Pie Maker Emily Alden Foster. When my sister turned 8 or 9 or one of those pre-teen ages, she decided she wanted a pie for her birthday. I was disappointed because she...
  • After the Fall Pie - “Don’t forget, it’s the first day of fall,” my sister Melbie tells me on the phone. As I hear her voice, I am sure she is wearing at least one sweater and knows where her boots are. After all, that’s...
  • I Shall Be Released - Here’s a great idea: Promise that you will vote in the upcoming election, and you can have an MP3 copy of the “I Shall Be Released” cover by Wilco and Fleet Foxes.  All of us at Slice of Heaven 24-Hour...
  • Perfect Timing - I’ve never been someone known for her timing, or at least not for her good timing. Pretty Boy Boyd, my ex-husband, used to tell me at least once a week, “Your timing stinks.” Of course, that retort would usually come...
  • The Science of Lemon Meringue Pie - While I don’t agree with everything that Alton Brown says in this video, I do applaud his use of science to make a better Lemon Meringue Pie and Pie Crust.
  • Modular Pie-Cosahedron - modular pie-cosahedron – More cool how to projects
  • Dreams Can Come True . . . . - I love this story, and I am totally inspired by this adventure.  If this guy — Swiss no less — can fly over the English Channel, then surely I can make a sweet success out of the Slice of Heaven...
  • The Short-Short Game - Sparkle Junior and I are starting to consider the possibility of adding a putting green to the Slice of Heaven 24-Hour Pie Shop and Driving Range.  When I say “starting to consider,” I mean I talk and Spark nods. This...
  • Lemon Yogurt Dream Pie - INGREDIENTS 2 envelopes Dream Whip whipped topping mix 1 C lemon yogurt 1 3/4 C milk 2 packages Jell-O lemon instant-pudding mix 1 baked 9-in cinnamon-graham cracker or ginger-snap crust Prepare Dream Whip as directed on package, with 1 C...
  • Metal plates send messages to airport x-ray screeners - I think I’ll have some of these made up with the Slice of Heaven 24-Hour Pie Shop and Driving Range logo on them, and then just give them to my few customers who actually do have the good sense to...
  • Obama’s Favorite Pie! - Here’s an excellent news item that I picked up from the Yahoo Shine Channel. I like the attitude of this writer: If you want it, you should have it — at least when it comes to pie. We follow that...
  • Rain and Reading - We’re having a regular summer deluge here in SoFLA. Sue Ten reports that the IntraCoastal Waterway has overflowed, but the fisherfolk are still in place, with their aluminum folding chairs and bare feet just ever so slightly under water, and...
  • Spiderman: Camilo Vallegas - I know I’m not alone in saying, “I love this guy!” September 28, 2008 Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Camilo “Spiderman” Villegas rallied from a five-shot deficit on Sunday and capped the comeback with a two-putt par on the first...
  • Large Hadron Collider on 60 Minutes - Just in case you missed tonight’s episode of 60 Minutes, not to worry. Sue Ten had it on the big screen over at the Swing Barn, and she recorded the segment just for you. Watch CBS Videos Online
  • Suit to Halt Big Collider in Europe Is Dismissed – NYTimes.com - The “Big Collider”? Can they possibly mean the Large Hadron Collider? I can’t really explain why I’m so fascinated by this, but you know it’s kind of shaped like a really big pie. Yes, that must be it. Suit to...
  • Groundskeepers Display Artistry on the Diamond – NYTimes.com - Sparkle Junior already takes so long to mow the driving range, I’m not sure that I want him to read this article about mowing baseball diamonds in Major League Parks. (Well, seriously, mostly in the Fenway.) Groundskeepers Display Artistry on...
  • Reducing the Carbon Footprint at the Pie Shop - Well, yes, we do sometimes need to serve just a little bit of ice cream with our pie, so this new cooler seems the right way to go. I’m sure all the folks who drive out here in their SUVs...
  • Wireless Service Bell Button is Not Needed at Slice of Heaven - It makes me sad to think that there are places where customers require a wireless service bell button, or any other kind of alarm, to let someone know that they need a slice of pie or another cuppa joe. Sad,...
  • The Heart of Saturday Night - I’ve been thinking about Darnell a lot lately. He’s always seemed like family to me, even though he’s your second cousin, not mine. I’m so glad that he moved back to SoFLA and got out of New York City, although...
  • Nassau Airport Day Four - Just a fantasy, really. What if Little Peach and I never did get out of the Nassau Airport?  And it did look like that for a while, but we are now safely ensconced in the Hotel Inglaterra on another island...
  • What do you do? - One of the great pleasures of my recent trip with Little Peach to the land south of Key West was meeting The Philosopher Detective, traveling on his own while his dear partner Maggie was off for a reunion with some...
  • Tale of a Pink Hat - The first pink hat was actually a pair, from a time long ago, when the kids were 11, and we were doing the grand tour of our nation’s capitol, staying at a friend’s house in Annapolis, and riding in on...
  • Una Paloma Blanca - Now I am even more curious as to why no one in Havana would admit to knowing how to sing Una Paloma Banca.  If YouTube is to be believed, it was a hit even in Finland!
  • Spider Pie: Work in Progress - I do believe that there must be a great way to combine the general concept of Carmilo Villegas  (a.k.a. Spiderman) with the general concept of these fabulous Spider Cakes and come up with a most excellent Spider Camilo Villegas pie....
  • Full Moon, Clouds, and Wind - Looks like it could be a great night out, or maybe a wretched one if the clouds and wind are to be believed. Hard to tell until I am actually out there, looking down at the ball.  Still, as long...
  • Most of these items have no place in my kitchen - Seriously. What would I do with this stuff?  The Pie Shop is pretty specialized, and the turquoise conch cottage kitchen . . . well, I have told you about the spider-web problem, haven’t I? The only way to deal with...
  • Full Moon, Clouds, and Wind (Part Two) - We had a bit of a problem with the lights last night. They strobed for a bit, then went out completely just as the full moon (now waning gibbous) rose above the clouds. At about the same time, the wind...
  • The Best Photos are the Ones I Never Took - I had an interesting talk with Little Peach about this concept, and how I feel that some pictures cannot be captured by a camera, but are better left in one’s mind. She disagreed, and said she felt she could have...
  • Lunar Golf - Seriously, haven’t we all wondered about this? After reading this article, I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking “Alan Shepard Pie” should be coming right up. Lunar Golf A version of this New York Times article appeared in print...
  • But You Look So Cuban - As you might imagine, I’m still trying to hold on to my memories of Cuba before they flit away, but it’s been difficult finding the time to write to all you all, what with so much to do just now...
  • Chocolate Cuban-Rum Pie - Ingredients: * 3/4 cup Caribbean sugar * pinch salt * 1 C milk * 1 envelope unflavored gelatin * 2 eggs, separated * 6 oz dark, rich chocolate * 1/3 C Santiago rum – don’t waste your time with Havana...
  • My Map of Havana - Not easily read the compass rose pointing to directions unknown where I want to travel with or without caffeine and chocolate with or without your side-snaking dance steps with or without your purple sedan I already know the taste of...
  • Hollow Coins - I still don’t think that The Morning Guy is now or ever was a secret agent, but just yesterday morning Sparkle Junior mentioned that one of the quarters he’d borrowed from The Morning Guy had jammed the soda machine. Perhaps...
  • Fried Steak in Space - I remember the first argument that I ever had with my ex-husband Pretty Boy Boyd. When I told the twins about it, Chandler said, “You mean you finally told him that you don’t really like Irish music?” “No,” I replied....
  • Karaoke Golf - It’s Friday night, and my sister Melbie wants to sing karaoke at the Swing Barn with some of the other girls. Normally, I don’t care that much for karaoke, but Sue Ten’s big screen really is big enough for me...
  • Dave Dobbyn: “Slice of Heaven” - According to YouTube, this song is New Zealand’s second national anthem. No wonder I get along with Kiwis so well.
  • The Things That They Took - The bookshelves in the pie shop are still looking a little sparse, so I’m adding a few volumes to them today, starting with anything written by Martin Cruz Smith. Everywhere in Cuba, especially when we were near the Malecon, I...
  • Museums: Pie and Revolution - I’ve been wondering about adding a Pie Museum to the Slice of Heaven 24-Hour Pie Shop and Driving Range. It seems to me that it might draw in a few more people in the off season, and besides that I...
  • Yoga Retreat Golf Meditation - “Focus,” he says, “on a faraway sound.” Instructed well, I still listen instead for the silence just beyond the sounds of the Costa Rican rain forest: the stream, the wind, the birds, the dogs. I listen as always for the...
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie - A few weeks ago, some of the girls and I got together for what I thought was to be an “Evening in India,” but what turned out to be a continuation of my month-long birthday celebration. What a treat! We...
  • Make Your Own Universe Kit - I know you are not surprised to see this heading here, after all, isn’t making your own universe what life is all about, especially here at the Slice of Heaven 24-hour Pie Shop and Driving Range? My own universe, as...
  • The Philosopher Detective - Little Peach stopped in at the Pie Shop the other day to show me some of the photos she took on our trip to Havana, and to reminisce a bit, especially about our dinner with The Philosopher Detective.  I wish...
  • Halloween Music - I’m feeling just a little bad that I was out of town and missed Halloween at The Swing Barn last night. I had a call from Sue Ten this morning, but she was somewhat vague about exactly what had taken...
  • Hollywood Halloween - I still need to scrape the glitter off my face after last night’s Hollywood Halloween. Yes, I know that yesterday was really All Soul’s Day, but we’re talking Hollywood, and we had to take into account the writers’ strike and...
  • Your Second-Cousin Darnell and the Goat - The other day, I saw this photo of a scapegoat, and it reminded me of your second-cousin Darnell and his pet goat Jonathan. It’s not surprising that Darnell would have a goat as a pet, although I think at first...
  • Design by Lord Vader - You probably already know I am a big fan of Lord Vader’s domestic design work, especially of those large kitchen appliances in black or dark-gray that were so popular in the late 1980s. Nothing screams 1988 as well as a...
  • Eating Humble Pie - Ever since I took up golf, people have been telling me what a “humbling” sport it is, but I find most of life to be humbling, in one way or another. Just when I think I’m doing a good deed,...
  • Music to Eat Humble Pie By - I know, I know. You were expecting something by the rock group “Humble Pie,” but that’s not the mood I want here. Try this Craig Wilson version of “Sorry seems to be the hardest word,” instead. Mixtape from http://favtape.com/search/sorry word...
  • Four and Twenty Blackbirds - Life has been pretty hectic this week at the Slice of Heaven 24-Hour Pie Shop and Driving Range. I am still catching up after taking some time off to go to a yoga retreat in Costa Rica. Ideally, the balance...
  • Mark Your Calendar - National Pie Day is January 23, 2009 Created by the American Pie Council®, National Pie Day is dedicated to the celebration of pie. As part of our American heritage, this day is a perfect opportunity to pass on the love...
  • Michel Ten - Your second-cousin Darnell has been talking about starting a horse-and-buggy tour of the neighborhood as a way to “support the community,” he says. Or a way to boondoogle the few tourists that we get out here so close the the...
  • The Caddy - Most of the guys who hang out at the Slice of Heaven 24-Hour Pie Shop and Driving Range know that I don’t take direction well, and they are happy to let me take my golf lessons from Sandra, safely off...
  • Will Work for Pie - I’m sorry to say that I have not been able to keep up with Pie Shop chores as well as I expected with The Morning Guy gone on his vacation, although vacation might not be the right word for it....
  • Robin Williams Explains Golf -
  • Chocolate-Laced Lemon Chiffon Pie - First, prepare a chocolate cookie pie crust, and set it aside Assemble your ingredients: 1/4 oz unflavored gelatin 1 1/2 C sugar 6T water 6 eggs dash salt 3/4 C fresh lemon juice 1 1/2 t grated lemon peel 2...
  • Another small step toward Alan Shepard Pie - Artwork excerpted from James Stevenson’s “Pastry in Motion: A rich history, revealed through art and archaeology,” published in the New Yorker (Sept. 4, 1971). Looks to me like Alan Shepard Pie needs to be apple, not lamb and mashed potato...
  • 100 Percent Belgian - I don’t know that I’ve ever seen this phrase “100 percent Belgian” used as a selling point before, except for chocolate, but that’s a big part of the pitch for these interesting table-chairs from swiTCh. I think they might work...
  • Creeping Bentgrass L-93: A poem - Creeping Bentgrass L-93: For golf greens in Zone 4 L-93 will regulate the thatch And maximize the growth you seek today Enhancing speed across the green to flag Providing more consistent roll of balls and dropping strokes from every card...
  • Farewell Transmission from Mars - Please join with me in saying farewell to the Phoenix Mars Lander, and all the brave little robots who have gone on before. Are there pie shops or driving ranges on Mars? Now we may never know. This post, written...
  • Full Moon Ramble - Some of us went to the beach for a full moon picnic last night, and I’ve got to say, it was an exceptionally pleasant time, away from the bright lights of the driving range, the muted noise of the dancers...
  • Night Golf Flu Shot Clinic - I think sometimes more people would understand the mystical nature of golf if the game were less accessible. I mean really, drive down any given road in SoFLA, and before you know it, you’ll find yourself passing a golf course,...
  • Mississippi - I haven’t had any particular song stuck in my head for a while, but tonight I found myself repeating lyrics from Bob Dylan’s Mississippi out on the driving range. I can’t say that it helped or hurt me, but when...
  • New Beer Dispenser at the Swing Barn - I know Sue Ten and many of her bar-stool jockeys will be excited about this new gizmo: Scotsman turns the beverage world upside down Published date: 14 November 2008 | Pure theatre. Pure innovation. Self-filling dispense – from the bottom up....
  • Too Bad I Just Bought New Book Shelves - Besides, this figure-eight set would take up the whole pie shop, but I do love the idea as well as the concept that books, and shelving, can be infinite. As a former librarian, I can also tell you that shelving...
  • Matchless - A lot has happened since we last spoke. The big news is that both Sue Ten and your second-cousin Darnell tell me that they have seen The Morning Guy out on what appears to be a date. I find this...
  • Cinderella’s Pumpkin Pie - Consistently friendly and untempermental, Cinderella never asked for much. She told me her life too often was filled with flavorless spice and not that honest pumpkin flavor that only princes recognize. So, she learned how to sweeten the pie without...
  • Pie Hats - For those of you living in cooler climes, these pie hats may be just the thing to keep your lovely heads warm out on the driving range in the early morning. I would wear one here in SoFLA just for...
  • Not Really Turkey - My vegetarian children are about to arrive for our usual non-traditional ethnic celebration of Thanksgiving which will, in the words of Gov. William Bradford include “no small comforte and rejoicing.” There are a few guys out on the driving range,...
  • Mad Scientist Pies - Can we ever have enough mad scientists? I don’t think so, especially not the good kind, and let’s face it, mad scientists have been getting a bad rap for years. Surely one or two have done something wildly good, like...
  • I Am Not My Brother’s Driver - Last night, I fell just a little bit in love with a couple of guys who came in late and stayed later. It was about 2:00 a.m., and my new apprentice Prentiss seemed to have everything in the pie shop...
  • Books To Eat: The challenge - I think I will have to put my new apprentice Prentiss to work on this one, since I will just barely be done with International Pie Day before I’d need to get ready for the festival. I hope you will...
  • Blackbird Pie Cupcake - I think I like this pie, but it confuses me due to its cupcakeness: Four and twenty blackbirds ….. For more nursery-rhyme cupcakes, click here.  And when you see the original fo this one, move your mouse over the screen...
  • Cosmo Quiz - Yesterday, to my surprise, there was no Post-It note from The Morning Guy on my computer screen. Instead, his Stepford Girlfriend was bustling around tidying-up my stacks of file folders, catalogs, and return-reply envelopes. Once I pointed out that all...
  • Hanging with the Clown - I was never one of those kids who was afraid of clowns. Apparently, that’s one of those genes that skips a generation. If anything, some of my earliest, happiest memories are of being at the circus, watching clowns frolic around....
  • Sweet Potato-Clock Pie! - Sue Ten never ceases to amaze me. Just tonight she brought me a plate of piping hot waffle fries, fresh from The Swing Barn’s own organic Fry-O-Lighter. She assures me that these delicious crispy potatoes are full of vitamin C,...
  • Coffee–and more–in Space - I love the idea of coffee: hot, black, creamy, dreamy, precious. I only drink it about once a year, which makes me one of the few people in the known universe who understands the fantastic drug-like properties of the brew....
  • Elbow Room - I’ve been spending most of my time in Pie Shop lately, not out on the range, due to a curious wankiness in my right elbow. Nurse Crotchett took a look at it and sent me off to physical therapy, which...
  • Last-Minute Shopping - If you haven’t decided what to get me for Christmas yet, I’d be happy with almost anything from the Tovolo website. I’m thinking of re-doing the Pie Shop kitchen with only Tovolo tools and accessories. If I had a kitchen...
  • When Good Cakes Go Bad - Or why I prefer pie. This entry borrowed in its entirety from www.cakewrecks.com: Wednesday, December 24, 2008 Santa Gets the Shaft We’ve already seen some flagrant Santa-abuse this year, but here’s a Christmas count-down of some more ways the big...
  • Zombie Golf - Can zombies play golf? Or should they? I just finished reading World War Z, which is am impressive “oral history” of the zombie apocalypse. I say impressive because Max Brooks has done such a meticulous job of imagining and describing...
  • Armadillo Pie Cozy - Yes, yes, yes. I know that the ad copy says it is a breadbin, but what a waste. All this technology for bread? And wouldn’t it be cool if it were made of clear, ultra-thin, polysomething so we could see...
  • Bookshelves du jour - Once again, it’s too bad that I already bought bookshelves for the pie shop. Still, I’m drawn to these since they look so much like the way I store my own book in the turquoise conch cottage down the lane....
  • A New Year - The weather here for New Year’s Eve in SoFLA was close to perfect, with clear skies and a waxing crescent moon. Sue Ten decided it was a good time to show another movie on the side of The Swing Barn...
  • Key Lime Pie: The Search Begins - I was a little startled lately to read that “key limes are the pink flamingos of Florida food, and they are a celebrated part of local color.” I don’t know what startled me more, the confusion of the color of...
  • Whole Earth Everything, now on the Pie Shop Shelves - I’m excited to discover that the Whole Earth Catalog, including the CoEvolution Quarterly, is now available online. I can only hope that Mad Magazine will soon follow suit and provide me will full access to every single Alfred E. Issue....
  • Key Lime Pie Test (Rusty Pelican, Biscayne Bay, FL) - I can’t believe that I didn’t take a picture of the pie before I ate it. I guess I’m just not fully committed to pie testing yet, but fortunately we are in the early days of the search and have...
  • National Pie Day Eve - Here it is, the Eve of National Pie Day, and I find myself far from home, wondering how I ever managed to schedule this trip to the Northwest without factoring in the holiday. Ah, well. Prentiss has something planned, I’m...
  • A Couple More Slices of Key Lime Pie - At least this time I remembered the camera. All right, my dears, I did find Key lime in the Northwest, despite our initial stumbling block of the possibility that it might truly turn out to be a “seasonal” dish. Seriously:...
  • Looking for Golf in All the Wrong Places - I’m headed home from a long trip to the Northwest, and I really just can’t wait to get home to SoFLA and find out what all you all at the Slice of Heaven 24-Hour Pie Shop and Driving Range have...
  • Intergalactic Sports - Sorry to be so tardy in getting this news to you, but the possibility of more of us playing golf in space may be a reality before we know it. Former NFL linebacker Ken Harvey is already hard at work...
  • When Clowns Play Golf - I always enjoy myself when my friend The Clown stops by to hit a few balls. For one thing, she doesn’t speak, at least not in words, and that’s refreshing after a day of pie shop chatter. For another thing,...
  • I Dream of Nikola Tesla - “I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success. …” (Nikola Tesla, 1856 – 1943) This is...
  • Go Cry on Somebody Else’s Shoulder - The warmer weather here in SoFLA and the full moon have certainly combined to bring out the people. Just a week ago, the silence was fairly staggering, but tonight we’ve had a full house most of the night, and not...
  • The Gimme - I was born knowing how to make pie, but golf is always brand new to me. Learning to bake pie is a sweet succession of improvements: lighter, flakier, zingier; but golf still surprises me. Both are nice ways to spend...
  • A Sundial for Little Peach - A Sundial for Little Peach In a house full of clocks she lives on sundial time. I know that well, and so, alone on a beach with sunlight to spare, I gather shells and make for Peach a sundial clock...
  • The Nano Song - Oh, my dears, I did so much miss all of you while I was out there on the other side of the ‘Glades. I also missed my computer, my laptop, my netbook, and my iPod — all of which keep...
  • Breaking News from the Past - I am trying, but seriously, I just cannot find anything wrong with this idea. If we had a periscope like this at the Pie Shop, maybe it would keep people from climbing up on the roof all the time to...
  • Steampunk Cafe - Sue Ten will be going on vacation soon, and that means I will be responsible for keeping the potato batteries in her bedroom running so her husband Logan’s semi-comatose brain will get just the right dose to keep his heart...
  • Get a Grip - We have a wonderful collection of left-behind golf clubs here at the Slice of Heaven 24-hour Pie Shop and Driving Range. Seriously, they are all sizes, shapes, lengths, and shafts. Sometimes they are bent beyond recognition, but more often they...
  • While You’re Waiting for the LHC to Come Back Online - Do not give up hope, my dears. The wonderful folks at BoingBoing.net have posted links to some new “big science porn” to entertain us, and it’s fun! Once you are in the site, you can just click all over the...
  • Happy Square Root Day - Hello my dears. I hope you had a wonderful Square Root Day. Remember, there won’t be another one until 4/4/16, but that will be here before you know it, at the rate things are going. Last night at the Swing...
  • An Urgency of Pay Phones - A few days ago, I was driving south on U.S. 1 in SoFLA when I spotted a run-down convenience store, windows obscured with hand-lettered signs in Spanish, and the sight triggered a memory of a day when I had stopped...
  • Spring Training - Despite the absence of Sue Ten, I did manage to slip away on Saturday and go to a Red Sox spring training game, against the Baltimore Orioles. My standing-room-only ticket provided me with a nice spot right at the fence,...
  • Altered Books - Right now, I have more books in my little turquoise cottage than I have ever had before. I will be moving many of them to the Pie Shop book shelves soon, unless I find a way to send them to...
  • Currency - Effective immediately, we will be accepting the currency pictured below for all purchases at The Slice of Heaven 24-Hour Pie Shop and Driving Range. As you know, we are Big Fans of Lord Vader’s design work, and this is really...
  • On the Other Side of the Edge of the ‘Glades - I’ve been back from my trip to the other side of the ‘glades for more than a month, and I’m still waking up wondering where everyone is. I’ve had some remarkable dreams since returning to my own king-sized pillow-top bed,...
  • Swing Thoughts Poem - I’ve been reading a lot lately about “swing thoughts” and how to get your mind right each time you lift a club to send a ball to a predetermined target. Usually I just think about you. Swing No Thought So...
  • National Pie Championships - Road trip anyone? The National Pie Championships are just a month away. Might be fun to go check out the competition. Actually, I think I’ll send in the application to be a judge. Who knows? This could be my dream...
  • Linton and Swinton and Michigan - In just a few days, Sue Ten will be home from her tour of the unknown universe, so I am scrambling to remember whatever it was that I promised to do in her absence. I did check in on her...
  • National Pie Championships (Part Two) - I am excited beyond belief to be accepted as a judge at the National Pie Championships this month, even though it does mean leaving my beloved SoFLA once again for the Northern Realm somewhere near Orland. (Golf friends, please take...
  • Ethan Coen’s Poem - The other night, driving home from The Village and listening to NPR, I heard a wonderful interview with Ethan Coen, closed out by William Macy reading one of the poems. You can read it, too, by clicking here. “The drunken...
  • International Scurvy Awareness Day: May 2 - What with the Star Wars Prom and all that to attend to, we missed International Scurvy Awareness Day on May 2, but maybe next year you can make your cat wear a piece of citrus on its to help build...
  • You Got to Have Friends - The other night, Sue Ten reached deep into her rusack of old movies and came out with Sheila Levine is Dead and Living in New York City to show on the side of The Swing Barn, while those of us...
  • In Hot Pursuit of Happiness - One of the many joys here at the Slice of Heaven 24-Hour Pie Shop and Driving Range is the weekly meeting of Swamp Talk, a discussion group whose members for the most part have not fully adapted themselves to life...
  • Why I Live at the Sand Trap - With apologies to Eudora Welty You may call it a bunker. I call it a beach. An ironic oasis in a desert of green, Its mission is clear, its intent gives me pause: a time for reflection, a change of...
  • Space Monkeys - Looking at these pictures, I want to apologize for every time I have called any one of you a space monkey. I understand now that I was really insulting the monkeys. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/05/photogalleries/space-monkeys-fifty-years/index.html SPACE MONKEY PICTURES: 50-Year Anniversary May 29, 2009–A...
  • Lemon Mirage Pie - I’ve been doing a little time traveling lately, and I am reporting back to say the trip was highly successful. I visited the Southwestern part of the great U.S. of A., circa 1976, and was surprised to discover that my...
  • The City - When Sue Ten asked if I wanted to spend a couple of days with her in the city, naturally I assumed she meant Miami and said “Sure!” As it turns out, she meant New York City, a place I had...
  • Moon Landing - As you know, we are big fans of Big Science here at The Slice of Heaven 24-Hour Pie Shop and Driving Range, and what could be bigger, scientifically speaking, than putting a man or two on the moon? After all,...
  • The Line - I just had an excellent night out on the range with Nurse Crotchett. She’s made an outstanding discovery that we both play so much better than normal if we use orange tees. Apparently, it also helps if we wear similar,...
  • Hubble Ultra Deep Field - When Sue Ten told me she was going to show Hubble on the side of the Swing Barn this week, I thought she meant Robert Redford in The Way We Were. [Cue music.] I was wrong. It turns out she’s...
  • The Winds of Insomnia - For the third time in as many days, I’ve awakened too early, vibrating with exhaustion. I thought when I exorcised my ex-husband Pretty Boy Boyd from my life, I would be facing a stress-free future, but nature hates a void,...
  • It Takes a Train to Cry - My birthday is about to roll around again, and that means it’s been a full year since Little Peach and I made our memorable trip to the island south of Key West. This year, she will be my birthday chaperone...
  • Advanced Breathing Lessons - I’m coming up for air after a long grueling project that has kept me away from all of you for far too long, and how I have missed you, each and every one. Already this morning, I’ve been walking around...
  • String Theory Pie - Cooler weather, so pie shop thoughts turn to squash and spices from all eleven dimensions coexisting on the same plane of faceted pyrex. Will one fork ever be enough? Will a fork be needed at all? Spaghetti squash seems the...
  • Sue Ten and the City - I may have told you some of the story, but there is always more, and now a few weeks or months after our visit to The City, I find it interesting to see what parts are risen to the top...
  • Pie Poems for the Poetry Pie - Oh trouble trouble trouble. What shall I bake for the Martha Stewart pie show? I had such grandiose ideas of different ways to create a poetry pie, but let’s face it, we’re flying 1,500 miles to get there, and it’s...
  • Muffins - Sue Ten has been talking about adding muffins to the pie shop menu lately, but I do think she is mistaken. Surely she means adding muffins to the Swing Barn menu for those few fools who think breakfast should be...
  • Postcards from Egypt - ISIS HOTEL Thumbing the ancient elevator button my driver summons the deity of ascension who rumbles us up to the 14th floor lobby, a world of massive brocade chairs and wobbly wooden tables, populated by joking men who take my...