Like little stars.
If you’ve been anywhere but on Earth lately, you may have missed the news that NASA astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak was charged with attempted murder in a dramatic attack on Air Force engineer Colleen Shipman over a relationship the two apparently had with William Oefelein, another rocketeer. A wig and diapers were involved; don’t ask. To my mind, there are three primary reasons that this story has sent the media into total hyperdrive: 1) It’s a love triangle. 2) Of astronauts. 3) Starring: A lady astronaut. (With a wig and diapers. I said, don’t ask.) As Big Ink notes: “This is kind of awful, mostly because it’s the kind of human tragedy that happens every day, only we don’t hear about it because it’s not astronauts.” Right. This one’s a biggie in part because we think of astronauts as scary smart, not … scary. But also? It’s Catfight! In! Space! Girl-on-girl action at zero G! When it comes to media frenzies, it rarely gets better than that. Fortunately — if I may remind us, in an effort to restore a little balance to the universe — when it comes to lady astronaut accomplishments, it actually does get better than that. Herewith, a shout-out to U.S. astronaut Sunita Williams, who two days ago spent over 22 hours in space tweaking the International Space Station’s cooling system, thus setting the world space-walking record for women.
Like little stars.
World's best pie apple. Essential for Tarte Tatin. Has five prominent ribs.
So pretty. So early. So ephemeral. Tastes like strawberry candy (slightly).
My personal fave. Ultra-crisp. Graham cracker flavor. Should be famous. Isn't.
High flavored with notes of blood orange and allspice. Very rare.
Jefferson's favorite. The best all-purpose American apple.
New Hampshire's native son has a grizzled appearance and a strangely addictive curry flavor. Very, very rare.
Makes the best hard cider in America. Soon to be famous.
Freak seedling found in an Oregon field in the '60s has pink flesh and a fragrant strawberry snap. Makes a killer rose cider.
Ben Franklin's favorite. Queen Victoria's favorite. Only apple native to NYC.
Really does taste like pineapple.