About Roll Your Bones

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 moan
go groan
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 to respond to the world we live in.

What is the purpose of this blog?

I’ve always loved the print media. Throughout grade school, I was on the newspaper staff. In high school I was sports editor of our town’s weekly. Naturally, my college major was journalism, and my career goal was to run a weekly newspaper.

While I left the newspaper industry a long time ago, I still love the idea of it. This blog is in part my recipe binder and clippings folder. It’s also my little art project. I like collecting my favorite things and sharing them. Here I get to do that in a way that I can enjoy and learn from.

Most of the recipes are vegetarian or pescatarian, and serve two adults. Many have been adapted from the original to be a little less fat-laden, a little bit healthier. At the very end of each recipe you’ll find estimated calories per serving.


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