Just a quick note to say that we'll be away for the next ten days, as we are going up to Shelburne Falls, MA to take part in a 10-day silent retreat over New Year's. We did it two years ago, and it was memorable. And since we like to believe that we eat our own cooking, this is definitely a minimalist holiday and a total decluttering of the senses for 2006. In our absence, the incomparable Jill will be manning the fort and Alec will be back on next week, January 2, so you can head over to AT:LA and see what he's found as well as giving him plenty of company. All the best and Happy New Year!