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Halsted M. Bernard
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Fiction, foibles, and fountain pens from a black swan with digital wings. Posts about writing, books, public libraries, community, games, analog delight, and food.
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Halsted M. Bernard
@cygnoir

@help I am getting a 503 error when attempting to visit my website.

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@adam Thank you for your allyship, Adam! I appreciate you so much.

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Finished reading: The Good Enough Job: Reclaiming Life from Work by Simone Stolzoff 📚 This was an important read for me, in a phase of my career marked by overwork. Especially resonant: the chapter featuring Fobazi Ettarh.

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@help I've added "about" text to some of my recommendations, but the text doesn't show up where I've embedded my recommendations lists on my blogroll page. I've searched the Micro.blog Help Center but haven't found instructions on how to do this.

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@pratik Thanks for your review! I'm no longer tempted, and missing my Sidekick even more now.

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@Annie That was a journey 😂

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@pratik 😂 Cheers to your blog!

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@ner3y That's a gorgeous cake! 🤩

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@adam Love seeing lil' friends doing their things. 🐝 I call the big bumblebees "flower puppies".

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Today’s Micro.blog Analog Tools meetup featured notebooks, both blank and pre-printed, of all sizes. Quite an array of types and purposes! 🖋️📓🗂️ We’ll meet again in July. Let me know if you’d like to join us!

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@bapsi ach noo! This happened to a friend a few years ago and I dusted off my book-binding skills to reattach the book block to the spine. Looked wonky but it got them through the rest of the year. You up for a book repair adventure?

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@bapsi This is beautiful in every way 🥰

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@jtr You're on my list now!

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@bapsi That is a stunning planner.

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@annahavron Hard to beat bacon and shallots together. Although a good vegetarian substitution might be tempeh bacon!

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The reminder for the next Micro.blog Analog Tools Meetup has been emailed. 🖋️📓🗂️ If you’re not on this list and would like to join us, let me know!

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One-bowl apple, yogurt, and maple cake, another gorgeous gluten-free recipe from Cannelle et Vanille Bakes Simple. 🍰 I’m ready to make it again right now!

Closeup of a square cake with baked sliced apples and caster sugar
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@annahavron So clever! I will never worry about holiday breakfasts again!

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@tim What a shot!

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@bapsi Gorgeous spread! 😍 Which planner are you using? I love the different sections.

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My first attempt at a “strata”. 🥘 If you have a bunch of people to feed for breakfast, and some time the night before to assemble it, it’s a good recipe.

breakfast casserole with pieces of bacon, shallots, and parsley sprinkled throughout
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@patrickrhone So glad you enjoyed it as much as I did.

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@UndamnedOne I am so sorry. 💔

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@toddgrotenhuis Oblation Papers & Press in the Pearl District!

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@toddgrotenhuis Ah, no. But it’s a lovely library!

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@val ah mah gah so cute 🥰

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@toddgrotenhuis o hai, you’re in my town!

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@kevbob First time I’ve encountered it on a holiday and I do not like it one bit.

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@kevbob I’m livid. Exterminator NOT on a Segway just rang the doorbell. I guess you live in a fancier neighborhood than I do.

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@cygnoir

Last night, heading for a quiet night inside, alone, when I heard the neighbors laughing and playing in the street. I stepped out of my front door and was invited over: dinner outside in the waning sunshine, bug bites, silliness, a bit of night-gardening. Practicing saying yes.

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@patrickrhone “Julia” was incredible. I loved it. I’ve got quite a few books going at the moment, but the one occupying most of my brain-space is “The Good Enough Job: Reclaiming Life from Work” by Simone Stolzoff.

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☕ This morning’s cuppa: Cascadia Breakfast from The Jasmine Pearl Tea Company, black and puerh teas with whole coffee beans, carob, and chicory.

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Today’s Micro.blog Analog Tools meetup featured bags of all sizes, shapes, and purposes. 🎒 All the better to carry our analog tools! 🖋️📓🗂️ We’ll meet again in June. Let me know if you’d like to join us!

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☕ This morning's cuppa: Golden Assam from The Jasmine Pearl Tea Company here in Portland. It's lighter than our usual Scottish Blend, and it's growing on me.

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@cygnoir

Twenty-six years of writing online! 🎉 The “on this day” plugin isn’t surfacing my first post, so here it is. In it, I recount my first bout with depression and internet addiction. It feels both dated and prescient. But hey, I’m still here.

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My second attempt at gluten-free rosemary focaccia had better results texturally, but still wasn’t the taste experience I wanted. 🍞 I’m looking for a better recipe. Any gluten-free bakers out there willing to share theirs?

close-up of loaf of gluten-free rosemary focaccia, sliced open, on a wire rack
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Today’s baking project was the rosemary focaccia recipe from America’s Test Kitchen. 🍞 Results were poor. I learned not to use yeast too far past its best-by date, and also to use the specific all-purpose gluten-free flour blend ATK specifies, or else.

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@cygnoir

The reminder for the next Micro.blog Analog Tools Meetup has been emailed. 🖋️📓🗂️ If you’re not on this list and would like to join us, let me know!

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After some deliberation, I replaced the battery in my iPhone 12 Pro. 📱 Its battery capacity had degraded so much over the past three years that I had to carry a backup battery everywhere I went. Now I won’t feel rushed to upgrade to a new phone.

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Finished two drop-stitch scarves recently. 🧶 I love Malabrigo yarn.

knitted scarf with a wavy drop-stitch pattern in steel blue yarnknitted drop-stitch scarf in bulky teal yarn

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Today’s Micro.blog Analog Tools meetup was an entertaining show-and-tell session of our favorite pens. 🖋️📓🗂️ We ran out of time, so part two will be next month. Let me know if you’d like to join us!

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My friend and I, seated outside with half-melted hazelnut lattes. Bees start buzzing around us. Smiles across the table: we love bees. One alights on my labradorite ring, crawls into the dark cool space between thumb and forefinger, tiny footsteps tickling my palm.

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@cygnoir

The reminder for the next Micro.blog Analog Tools Meetup has been emailed. 🖋️📓🗂️ If you’re not on this list and would like to join us, let me know!

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@cygnoir

Some days the gap between the leader I want to be and the leader I currently am is so wide, and it hurts. This is also true for the gap between the writer I want to be and the writer I currently am. And pretty much everything else in my life.

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😶 I seem to have forgotten how to write online.

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Mandy Patinkin in concert last night! 🎵 This musical theatre nerd’s heart is full. His interpretation of “Wandering Boy” by Randy Newman moved me to tears. And more tears when he sang Lyle Lovett’s “If I Had a Boat”, a song I love dearly.

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After @bapsi mentioned Jillian Hess' “Re-Noted: 6 Ways to Use a Diary”, I got completely stuck on Lynda Barry’s basic quick diary format. I grabbed my copy of “Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor” and I’m adapting this format in my Hobonichi Weeks.

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Another interesting, thoughtful, and fun Micro.blog Analog Tools meetup this morning! 🖋️📓🗂️ We talked about hybrid analog/digital tools and processes, how friction can help slow thoughts down, and much more.

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Saturday nosh on yesterday’s baking project. 🍞 FunkyPlaid served the soda bread with two excellent condiments: maple orange cranberry spread and ube (purple yam) spread, both from Trader Joe’s, the ultimate snackiverse.

top-down view of a grey plate with a piece of fig and caramelized onion soda bread and two white square containers with red and purple spreads