Welcome to The Epic! I am launching this blog as a manifesto for and a guide to living well. The title and motto of the blog are taken from the Epicureans, at least some of whom believed in the notion that not one minute of the future was guaranteed to them and that as a result they had the duty to live life to its fullest every moment.
I believe in discovering fun and pleasurable things wherever I find myself each day and I am told I have a knack for unearthing them. My hope is that by sharing in my pleasures and some of my ways of finding them you will begin to collect all the riches that lie in the moments of your life. They are there. Take them! All our lives should be.....Epic.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
From the Epic Cookbook: A Perfect M.Lane Vacation
Do not plan to do it until the day before you start it. No travel. Son out of school.
Sunny days. Sultry nights.
Declare a blackberry free zone. Stay up late. Sleep late.
Write. Read. Play.
Wear linen. Have chicken salad sandwiches and melon with a bottle of Tavel Rose. Outdoors.
Cook. No home projects. [Ok, minimal home projects.]
Visit a tourist attraction in your town you have never been to before. Go to a coffee joint and just sit around.
Talk with your spouse about everything except family business.
Go to matinee movies. Rent cool looking foreign films on DVD and actually watch them instead of leaving them lying about until the rental goons call demanding them back.
Wear that madras sportcoat with wrinkled khakis. Drink dark rum and soda with lime. Watch someone play jazz.
In my mid 50s, husband, father and itinerant storyteller. I am a putative jazz singer, poet and novelist, dedicated to mining every minute of life for the veins of pleasure they contain. My motto is "Dum Vivimus, Vivamus"..."While we Live--LET US LIVE".