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06 December 2007


John B.

"is loopier even a word?"

I'm an old-fashioned rolled oats guy myself. Butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins. Every morning. I wonder if Emily Dickinson liked/likes oatmeal?

Kinnell is good, isn't he?


Do you think Mr. Kinnell ever bothered to toss in a handful of raisins, chunks of diced apple, a sprinkle of cinnamon, or a splash of vanilla. It's obvious he never drizzled it with cream.


John, then perhaps you should invite Emily over and find out?

Heather: Mr Kinnell is still alive and kicking and perhaps even still eating oatmeal alone for breakfast. I'd think that by this time in his life, he might be open to some new ideas? Diced apple sounds good.

Rick Anderson

I guess even lab-rats deserve a cartoon or two.

Oatmeal; raisins, brown sugar, and a splash of milk . . . and I eat a lot of it. I guess I would have survived the depression.


Pam, I have to admit I started to tear up (its the time of year) when I read that you wanted Marcia to share oatmeal with. So then I clicked on her name...and your cancer rant was written on my birthday. And then memories of Marcia and that whole stupid cancer year. December is always a bittersweet time because of that...(and, did we really walk around Charleston in yellow underwear? over our pants? while carrying luggage? did I make this up?)

I wouldn't mind eating oatmeal with Jane Austen or Mary Shelley. If I am having it with Marcia, I think I would need a martini to go with it. Seems appropriate. (Can I just say here, I saw a woman on a tv show--no memory of what it was--and she kept STUFF in her oven. reminded me of Marcia with all her photos on her stove....)


Rick: Lab rats do INDEED deserve a cartoon or two...although they should be distributed in controlled doses (and under a regulatory permit). But you didn't say if you had your oatmeal with an imaginery friend - if you eat alot of oatmeal, that leaves alot of time (unless you are a crazy-fast eater) for some delightful imaginery conversation.

Kate: Nope, not made up. It's funny - the women that did that was 'our' group, not the group of Marcia women that I hang out with some here. They hear the yellow underwear story and just think we're nuts - and here I was thinking we were remarkably loyal, kind, and entertaining (i.e., gullible friends).

I miss her.

And yeah - Mary Shelley and a bowl of oatmeal. That might be an interesting conversation!

anna maria

I will never look at oatmeal the same way again. Not so much because of the RTs, but because of the poem. Loved it.

anna maria

1. I just spent half an hour on the Nearing Zero site!
2. I would invite my father, because he loved oatmeal, and my mother so I could again hear her say how much she hated it and couldn't even bear the sight of it.
3. I just read the previous comments and have new ideas about how to prepare it - I usually eat it with chopped apples, walnuts, maple syrup and milk.


I like my oatmeal with dried cranberries or cherries, walnuts, brownsugar, and a pinch of salt. Oh, and milk.

but sometimes I like those disgusting packets too.

Annie in Austin

We buy the chewy, steel cut Irish style oatmeal and use the rice cooker, adding banana and brown sugar - think I could get Leonard Cohen to go for it?

Annie at the Transplantable Rose


Anna Maria: I'm glad you enjoyed the Near Zero site - I sure did. Oh, and your choice of folks to eat oatmeal with, your mother and father - was very sweet - I'm sure that it's a conversation between them that you'd love to hear again. (Oh, and leave off the walnuts from mine - I'm allergic).

Kate: I have some of the packets too. (And what's up with the walnuts? Are you guys trying to kill me?????).

Annie: Banana! I need to start adding banana. And the whole rice cooker thing sounds like a plan (except that I don't have one). Oh, definitely, Leonard Cohen would enjoy eating oatmeal with the two of you. I'm pretty sure of it.

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