What is the purpose of this blog?
Roll Your Bones is part recipe binder, photo album, and art project. Here I write about food I love and places I adore. Most of the recipes are vegetarian or pescatarian, made healthier, lower in calories, and serve two people with no leftovers. I’ve tried them all many times, and only include my favorites.
The same holds true of the places I write about. Only those that are outstanding make the cut. I have to love it to include it.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved print media. Starting in middle school and continuing through college, I worked on the school newspaper. My first writing job, while still in high school, was for our local weekly. In college I majored in journalism, and eventually worked on staff at two dailies.
While I left the industry long ago, I continue to love everything about newspaper and magazine production: selecting a topic, asking questions, gathering materials, writing, and editing. Finally it is distilled into a strong visual image, and meshed into something that can be distributed and shared.
Roll Your Bones answers the question, “What would it look like if I was in charge?” I’ve taken nearly every photo, written every word. It’s an ongoing learning experience for me, and I get the payoff of being able to access my favorite recipes from anywhere. And, when I’m longing for a specific place, I can go back and see the photos and be reminded of why I loved it so much.
In November of 1959 Jack Kerouac appeared on The Steve Allen Show. While he joyously read an excerpt from his book, On The Road, Allen laid down a jazzy piano riff in the background. In this appearance, Kerouac attempted to explain why he wrote “that book or any book.” He described seeing God, and being given the following instruction:
come on, boy,
go thou across the ground
go moan for man
go groan alone
go roll your bones
go thou and be little beneath my sight
go thou and be minute as seed in the pod
go thou go thou die hence
and of this world, report you well and truly
What does “Roll Your Bones” mean?
I interpret it as a command: Experience life, testify, push forward, quietly and with purpose. Gather together all the parts of you because they go where you go. It’s also a way of living; a way of responding to the world we live in.