The whirring of my overheated laptop serves only to remind me that I am not in the mood to write these days. I compulsively check Facebook and twitter feeds, update Salon articles and share stories about friends who are doing great things in the world of food and the world in general. To write is to stop those things. To be still. To take all the baskets of information I’ve collected and put them together. The collecting is easy, the mental organization proves to be much, much more difficult. Writing is an unyielding desire to be peaceful, but still in motion. It is the way I feel when making bread. The act of pressing and presenting a supple soft mound of dough is so calming to me. I could spend my life doing it, if only I could master the art of a sourdough starter. Until I do, one of my favorite homemade bread recipes is from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. It’s great for those of us with many mouths to feed and a little time with which to feed them.