On the move…

Well, you’ve probably heard that Posterous is going to shut down. The official date is April 30, 2013. This depresses me because it means the third move for BakingKookys, and the first move for this website. I started with tumblr, but it had issues. Posts still exist at BakingKookys tumblr, but everything is done via Posterous.

In addition to making it easy to post, Posterous was great at broadcasting a post’s arrival in multiple places. 

Anyway, once this blog has a new home I will keep you, er, posted.

 

 

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Easily Confused Words: Err vs. Air

Performance review tip: It’s good to err on the side of caution when airing your grievances…

Today’s tweet uses two easily confused words, err and air. It’s a homphone issue–these words sound the same, but are spelled differently.

Err, is a verb; it’s related to the noun “error”:a mistake. When you “err on the side of caution”, you’re picking the lesser of two tough choices, often to be kind and considerate of another person’s feelings and sensitivities.

“Air” is a noun, as in what we breathe, but “air” as a verb means to speak something aloud or broadcast live or recorded material.” You can also “air out” fabric or clothes to allow them to dry or to reduce embedded odors.

Airing your grievances” means to verbally list complaints, criticisms, problems, and challenges you have with another person, or a group of people. It was popularized by the Seinfeld episode “Festivus for the Rest of Us” which aired in the 1990s. The airing of grievances was one of Festivus’ core rituals. 

And this tweet wasn’t totally joking. Perfomance reviews are typically scheduled in many businesses from February-March, and neither party–the employee, nor the company, likes receiving grievances. It’s best to be honest, but it’s good form to be courteous about it. 

 

My Writing Samples, Charleston Community Entrepreneur Profiles to date…

To date, I’ve written 21 profiles of local entrepreneurs. It’s been an honor to talk to all of them, and share their stories with the community.

Unfortunately, the audience has been limited; the papers I currently write for do not have my stories online. This makes it hard for anyone who might want to read them weeks after the original published date, difficult. So I’ve posted the stories here as submitted, and will update this post with new stories as they come out. [UPDATE:I’ve added 3 stories since this post was originally written: Voodoo, the Terrace, and Sushi Ninja.]

Below is a list of PDFs of the stories as submitted, accompanied by what the article looked like in print. All stories have been previously published, from November 2012-March 2013.

For convenience, they are followed by links to stories written for Eat This Charleston. Eat This Charleston stories are all online.

Sushi Ninja at Oak Barrel Tavern, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays (Avondale, Savannah Highway)

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SUSHI_NINJA_A_FRESH_CATCH_AT_OAK_BARREL_TAVERN.pdf

 

Fourth Annual Charleston Film Festival at the Terrace Theater, March 7-10 (Maybank Highway)

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TERRACE_ROLLS_OUT_FOURTH_CHARLESTON_FILM_FESTIVAL.doc

Cuba Libre: Voodoo Tiki Bar and Lounge heats up Sundays with Havana Nights (Avondale, off Hwy 17 on Magnolia Street)

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VOODOO.pdf

Spayghetti Benefit for Pet Helpers (this was 12 restaurants, all over the Lowcountry, so I can’t list all the locations).

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SPAYGHETTI_WEST_OF.pdf
SPAYGHETTI_JIM.pdf

 

A Detour Onto Mex 1–Mex 1 Coastal Cantina (on Hwy 61 in West Ashely, before it forks off as Hwy 171 and then links into Hwy 7.)

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Mex1CoastalCantina.pdf

 

Going Brazilianuts…Brazilianuts & Gathering Cafe bring you a taste of Brazil, starting with Bahia…(Gathering Cafe is on Hwy 7, just after the North Bridge off I-26)

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BraziliaNuts.pdf

 

Bowling You Over…Ladles soup, salad and sandwiches (on Folly Road, James Island, and in West Ashley off Bees Ferry. There are Ladles all over the Lowcountry and they are expanding to Buffalo, NY.)

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Ladles.pdf

The Sloppier The Better, The Sloppy Cow stuffed burgers and stuff  (off Harborview Rd. on James Island)

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the_Sloppy_Cow.pdf

 

Blending Retro and Modern, Ms Roses Fine Food and Cocktails (on Hwy 7 near the North Bridge off I-26)

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MsRoses.pdf

 

A Lot of Changes Going On…The Lot, the new farm to table concept at the Charleston Pour House (on Maybank Hwy.)

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THE_LOT_STORY.pdf

 

And my stories in Eat This Charleston, which are exclusively online:

‘Eleventh article written for Eat This Charleston, “Jack Hurley: Linking the Entrepreneurial Spirit, Classic American Food and the Modern Palate”

 

‘Tenth article written for Eat This Charleston, “Sellsfish, They’ve Got Their Heads On And They’re Working Their Tails Off. Paul Godbout Knows His Fish and Tells No ‘Fish Stories’ “

‘Ninth article written for Eat This Charleston,  “Coastal Cupboard Where There’s Always Something Cooking”

‘Eighth article written for Eat This Charleston, “Callie’s Charleston Biscuits Rise to Fame”:

‘Seventh article written for Eat This Charleston, “Carolina Creole, Hot and Sweet as a Lowcountry Summer”

‘Sixth article written for Eat This Charleston, “Scales, Enlightenment for the Cocktail Scene”

‘Fifth article written for Eat This Charleston, “Charleston Chops, A Cut Above”

‘Fourth article written for Eat This Charleston, “Roots Ice Cream, get your licks on route King and Calhoun”

‘Third article written for Eat This Charleston, Coastal Coffee Roasters, A Cup of Culture and Community

‘Second article written for Eat This Charleston…it’s something sweet, bon appetit! “Carla Walker Baking Up Nostalgia with a Twist–CarlaBakes of Avondale”

‘First article written for Eat This Charleston…Drink up, and cheers! Charleston Bold n’ Spicy 

Thanks for reading!

Can I tell your story? Contact me kathleenwcurry@gmail.comfind me on linkedin, on twitter @Currying_Favor and @BakingKookys, and at about.me/kathleenwcurry.

UPDATE: It’s June 10, 2014, and I’ve written over forty articles in print and online, not to mention all those blogposts. You can find my printed article portfolio online at kathleenwcurry.contently.com. I also update the slideshows on this blog when my work appears in print or online. Click the link to see an example. You will find other slideshows under “Hire Me->Samples-><<Sampleslistedbypublication>>. Thanks for checking out my work.

 

Lent and Giving Up Things

The most widely known day for giving up things is Ash Wednesday, this year it falls on February 13th. It has a lot more fame than “Give Up On Your New Years Resolutions Day”, which is January 17th.

I was raised Catholic, so giving up candy was the usual “go-to” sacrifice this time of year. On years like this one, a Valentines box of candy from my parents went into the freezer to await Easter. I can definitely say it was hard to go without chocolate for 40 days. I guess it’s a convenient vehicle for laypeople to appreciate sacrifice, or changing a habit for a little over a month.

But giving up the same thing for years is going through the motions of actual sacrifice. 

I do think there are merits to giving up things, but not because it’s New Years, or Lent, or another religious or cultural day. I think the things that are worth giving up for 40 days are, quite possibly, worth giving up forever. 

  • Like comfort zone habits that have outlived their usefulness.
  • Like old friends versus making new ones that reflect who you are now, not who you were once.
  • Like failing to learn anything new in years.
  • Like the religion you grew up with.

In the last 7 years of my life, I gave up organized religion, specifically, Catholicism. I don’t anticipate going back, ever, and I don’t miss it. 

It’s something I don’t talk about with any member of my family because, as far as I know, I am the only one who quit organized Christianity. It’s a dead-end conversation that is not worth having.

Recent polls indicate I am not alone in being an American who wants no association with an organized religion. I don’t think organized religions have a patent on creating or maintaining good people, as much as their public relations would have you believe that.

I expect my choice of giving up organized religion to be respected. I don’t walk through life trying to talk practicing followers out of their religion, because I sincerely believe it is a choice each person has to make for his or herself. I made my choice, you have to make yours.

I don’t share how I feel except on this blog, of course, and if someone specifically asks me. 

 

One other big tradition in Catholicism for Ash Wednesday is receiving an anointment of ashes on your forehead. The priest’s ashy thumb makes a sign of the cross on each parishoner’s forehead, and says “from ashes you came, and to ashes you will return”, or a similar phrase.

Regardless of your religious affiliation, it is worth asking what you have to do, before you return to ash, and focus on making those things happen.