Saturday, October 31, 2020

Lone One in the Middle


Photo taken in Bern, Switzerland
Farmer's field of wheat, to be harvested the next day

 Being a lone voice in a cacophony of dissent takes courage. To stay put, to continue to honor, to show respect is to be a warrior.

1989 Phenomena



Being a lone voice in midst of chaos requires integrity, commitment, and faith. Be bold and have courage. Be a warrior.


Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Past Present Now After

 

I did not write this - but WOW does it speak to my heart!!! Worth the read. 

Barely the day started and... it's already six in the evening.

Barely arrived on Monday and it's already Friday.

... and the month is already over.

... and the year is almost over.

... and already 40, 50 or 60 years of our lives have passed.

... and we realize that we lost our parents, friends.

and we realize it's too late to go back...

So... Let's try, despite everything, to enjoy the remaining time...

Let's keep looking for activities that we like...

Let's put some color in our grey...

Let's smile at the little things in life that put balm in our hearts.

And despite everything, we must continue to enjoy with serenity this time we have left. Let's try to eliminate the afters...

I'm doing it after...

I'll say after...

I'll think about it after...

We leave everything for later like ′′ after ′′ is ours.

Because what we don't understand is that:

Afterwards, the coffee gets cold...

afterwards, priorities change...

Afterwards, the charm is broken...

                                                         Afterwards



afterwards, health passes...

Afterwards, the kids grow up...

Afterwards parents get old...

Afterwards, promises are forgotten...

afterwards, the day becomes the night...

afterwards life ends...

And then it's often too late....

So... Let's leave nothing for later...

Because still waiting see you later, we can lose the best moments,

the best experiences,

best friends,

the best family...

The day is today... The moment is now...

We are no longer at the age where we can afford to postpone what needs to be done right away.

So let's see if you have time to read this message and then share it.

Or maybe you'll leave it for... ′′ later "...And you'll never share it... 

This comes from "Brazosport Class of 1963"

 


Sunday, October 25, 2020

Old Is Old

 

Old is when....





                                                                        every single stinkin' night





And that's all she wrote.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Yipstick

  

Commercials have changed gradually, neither good or bad.  It is hard to explain, but health and beauty are huge on the commercial market. Women + kept home to work or whatever + eating + looking in the mirror are generally unhealthy for all. 

My gr-daughters have taken me to Ulta, a store that is a cornucopia for all sorts of make-up with all its enticement. They had a list and some $$ from Dad. I followed along, mentally tallying how much they needed when Dad's $$ ran out. Not much $$ at all, but it thrilled me.

Lipstick is marked as being an instigator of make-up history. Fruit dyes (no cost) for lips then. Now lipsticks are chemical magic, expensive magic at that. 

Who likes lipstick? Besides teen age girls at ULTA, little girls who have found Mommy's lipstick in her purse really love lipstick. 

If I have discovered this major cuteness by myself, think how many videos there might be of lipstick fans?


Just a note, I am not a make-up collector. My gr-daughters do that for me.


Thursday, October 22, 2020

Potato vs. Potatoes




Languages are peculiar, different, exciting, embarrassing...and everything else.  Some words move easily from one language to another, since those are was are called "Romance Languages".  Latin was the primary source, and words morphed from Italy to Europe, and onward. German comes from middle Europe initially and then also morphed with other languages that shared their own Indo-European source.  

This is all well and good. We love to hear from where our existence developed and the words that sprang out of that.

So here are a few languages, introducing a vocabulary as well as the formation of the word.  



I confess that I put these out there because these are so creative. My husband lived with a German family when he was attending a German language school in the late 1960s. Here it is nearly 50 years later, and he still remembers a lot.

Our oldest grandson (8 yrs)  in Switzerland has announced that he speaks four languages: British English, American English, German, and Swiss German. Dang, he does!  

  In 30+ years ago, when we lived in Ireland, our children learned English and Irish Gaelic.  Our oldest was 10 yrs. old, and wasn't required to learn the Irish. Our son was in 2nd grade and daughter was in Jr. Infants (young Kgt) He became quite fluent, so much so that his teacher wanted him to skip a year.

Anyway, the song above is one of the most used and appreciated country songs. After hearing the uniqueness of the Irish language in song, it is easy to fall in love with Ireland, the Irish, the Gaelic language, the food, the ale, stout, ....

Languages are crazy amazing.



Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Kindness for a Dying Child in Ohio

                    

                                                      Ignoring state regulations

…and now starts the minute by minute examination where contestants will be given close scrutiny and sorted out.  And then…

Exhausting, these election horse races.  Placing bets.  Candidates stock market.  Twiddly winks.  Skip the stone.  Bowling competition. Javelin throws.  These sports hang on millimeters.

Most exhausting is also the dissection process.  Each candidate’s character and personal choices are sliced and diced.  Soon political staffers will find that one candidate cheated on a third grade math test.  That’ll be enough to knock ‘im off presidential sprint (or marathon).

The names are stew-potted in a gooey sauce. Some names will sink to the bottom, others will evaporate. 

However, it seems to me that one previous candidate has been consistent in his political life:  John Kasich. Former Ohio Gov. Kasich has performed responsibilities with honor, character, and kindness. This is NOT an endorsement.

This is  an example of what politics
should be: caring for residents' needs, hold true to your beliefs, communicate with your state. 

Show Kindness to those who are part of the state. Be trustworthy. Be consistent.

But Kindness?

My sister Mary lives in Columbus, Ohio.  A dear friend had two sons dying from untreatable genetic diseases.  The older son had already died, and young “Mike” was not far from him.  Mary and others helped with all the chores that slide by the wayside.

                                                                          At a townhall
                                                              
Gov. Kasich read or heard or…about “Mike”.  Kasich began regular visits (once a week maybe) with this family.  He sat down and held the boy’s hand; shared jokes, laughed; and, Gov. Kasich prayed with him.

No photographers or newspaper reporters around.  

When Mike died, Gov. Kasich gave a touching eulogy in a small church, without TV station vans, local news…none.


I seriously doubt that many candidates, GOP or DNC, could write “Kindness” on their resumes.

  This isn't an election promo (altho it could be taken as such); it is simply a telling of how a man did what he could for a dying child. Kindness.

Have you heard of other candidates freely donating their time without publicity? 
 
This is a repost of 2016. 

Saturday, October 17, 2020

To Binge or Not to Binge. That is the question.

As television becomes our outreach to shows we have never seen before, we rejoice in finding quality entertainment.  Some of the ones we like are British Mysteries. Pretty much we have discovered new ones to join our list of favorites and watch one daily. We set up the show, lean back with some snacks, and prepare for excellence.

The British film is recorded in a unique style. No car crashes or big shoot outs, but they delve into the team work between law enforcement, the people, excellent writing and film work. Incorporating the amazing scenery of the English countryside, it is a great watching.

In our Binge Watching, we watch Midsomer Murders, Endeavor, New Tricks and others with great anticipation.

America is guilty of fast food frenzy during this time. The drive in line to Chick-Fillet winds around, out of the parking lot, out to the adjoining street, turning out onto the main street. Dairy Queen is way busy, too.    

But, the best show ever is the Great British Baking show.


This video is about 3 minutes long. It introduces the judges and contestants.

If you are unfamiliar with this brilliance, watch one episode, just watch it. You will look at baked goods unlike ones you may have seen somewhere. The master bakers are Paul Hollywood (yes, that is his name), Mary Berry (yes, that is her name). Mary stepped down and was replaced by Prue Leith. All the judges are legendary for their baking, which they showcase on their Masterclass episodes.


This video is about 8 minutes long and well worth the watch. What the 12 amateur bakers can put together in time constraints is utterly awe inspiring.

Binge watching this British program meant inspired me to bake something unfamiliar, with unknown recipes.  By golly, it was fun. I did not eat these creations; our gr-daughters made quick work of whatever I gave them.


                                       Summer fruit baked Alaska...there is no way I would                                                         attempt this.

My beloved and I did not make quick work of it all. He grumbled.  Oh well.


                                My offspring gave me this at Christmas

I cannot say that I have tackled some of these recipes. I can say that I tried to do a few simple ones. Oh, well.


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Hallelujah

 

Songs from my age are precious to me and others.  They spoke to our lives and experiences. Not that they were tender love songs, but the songs were meaningful.

Leonard Cohen composed and sang "Hallelujah" all around the world. Other artists arranged and re-arranged the lyrics by bits, keeping the general flow and sincerity of the song.  I wonder if he could have known the impact this song has had?

Pentatonix, a music acapella group, performed the song with their unique vocal combinations.  Here, an 11 yr. old girl, Kaylee, performed with them on stage. Kaylee has ADHD and Autism, a girl with tremendous talent.  


History shows the artists through time who have struggled with difficulties which were kept hidden or undefined them.  But when we hear how they fought "the devils" to write or paint their treasures we can appreciate how they wrestle with much.

Musicians And The Stigma Of ‘Mental Illnesses’ Association Of Mental Illness And Stigmatization 

1.Suicide Of Kurt Cobain And Bipolar Disorder 
2.Jim Morrison And Drug Abuse 
3.Ludwig van Beethoven And Bipolar Disorder 
4.Maroon 5 Lead Singer And ADHD 5.
5.Sinead O’Connor And Bipolar Disorder 
6.Beyonce, Depression
7.Demi Lovato depression and Bipolar Disorder
8. Van Gogh, Gauguin, Pollock
And many more.

So, this precious 11 yr. old girl with ADHD and Autism rises above the broad spectrum of possibilities that defeat others. 

Gotta keep our eyes and ears open for this talented girl Kaylee.


Monday, October 12, 2020

Chris-the-Sheep from Australia

 


Just when I am moaning about the 5 pounds gained from this health pandemic, the story of Chris-the-sheep from Australia captures my attention.




Choose which or all of these videos catch your interest. Each is about 1 minute long. How Chris the sheep survived for the 6 years in the wilderness is beyond understanding. At least, large predatory animals (like wolves) were unable to bite through the wool. 

Chris died on Oct. 22, 2019. Age was estimated to be 10 years. Australia Shearing champion, Ian Elkins, stated that in all his 35 years of shearing, he had never seen something like this. It took 42 minutes, the depth of the wool was 18 inches,

And, then there is this: 


Shaun the Sheep is part of the brilliance of Sir Nick Park of Aardman Animation in England. See Aardman Animation. They are famous for Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run, The Curse of the Were Rabbit. 


Claymation "Wallace and Gromit"
With us being peculiar people who love stuff like Sir Nick Park's work,
it is no surprise that this would be part of our lives.


Sunday, October 11, 2020

Turkish Delight and C.S. Lewis

  


 The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe was written by C.S. Lewis and has been part of literary history since 1950. A synopsis can be found C.S. Lewis --Wikipedia

Early in the book, one of the Characters, Edmund is drawn to the dark side under the control of the White Witch. Narnia is populated by magical talking creatures. Some are under her control, and the others under the power of Aslan, a lion who leads them.



This is an excellent allegorical book. As a Christian, C.S. Lewis wrote many books that also lead to a deeper meaning, battle of good vs. evil, God vs. Satan. His many books (The Screwtape letters, Mere Christianity, The Great Divorce, 
A Grief Observed, just a few) gave a view of man's struggles.

But, the oddest part of it all is the importance and symbolism of Turkish Delight


The recipe above explains so much to me, why I do not like Turkish Delight: it is the rosewater, which must be used cautiously or it is overwhelming.

But why did CS Lewis choose this as the food of downfall and addiction for poor Edmund. It does taste awful to most people of this generation. But, in WW2, confections were almost impossible to obtain. For some reason, this was appreciated. This was possible to make for some reason, certainly labor intensive.  But to CS Lewis it had a connection to happy memories of childhood.

It took him to before war and what it did eventually. This was a way of sharing the desperate situation where children were taken from parents in London and relocating them to rural areas. Turkish Delight was a treat for him then, and apparently it was as the book progressed. 

Directions:

INGREDIENTS
▢2 cups sugar
▢3/4 cup water
▢1/8 tsp. citric acid or lemon juice or cream of tartar
▢1/2 cup water
▢5/8 cup cornstarch
▢Rose flavor to taste- rose water, syrup, or oil
▢Red coloring (optional)
▢extra cornstarch for dusting
The directions are insane. Follow the step-by-step from the video above.

CS Lewis, Chronicles of Narnia, Turkish Delight, White Witch, Aslan the Lion, Four Children of Eve, Good vs. Evil: all great elements. Good luck on this venture of making this treat, but most all is to read this series, made known by The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.




Friday, October 9, 2020

Tips on caring for your spouse

 

The irony of article below is that such devotion to home and hubby was part of the TV programming. Donna Reed? Leave it to Beaver? Dr. Welby? Father Knows Best? Those ladies were primary role models who showed the wives how to a home for their Veteran husbands.


Could this happen in your home?  


Speaking from decades of marriage, I can tell you straight out,  #10 (first list) will happen, but the rest should be read at a party, where wine is flowing.

Maybe one of the husbands can print the articles out and read them aloud for friends down at the feed store, Lowe's, on Zoom...Your friends will find them amusing.



Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Facing down the Work Day

Working at home has forced all to juggle their schedules and try to fit the puzzle of life together. Sometimes it is great and sometimes it is not.



And then, how do parents try to work at home, while teaching their children?


This is for those who have watched "The Kingsmen". This always happened after the potluck dinners. Pretty mean. Gets mighty messy.

   
                            



My daughters have/had Roombas. One daughter has two dogs. Their hair floats in the air and Roomba simply can't handle all that. Other daughter may have had a Roomba, but the dogs probably killed it.


Monday, October 5, 2020

Oh, Great Mysteries of Life

 


In hundreds of millions of years, somewhere in the past, Earth consisted of one big continent.  For many innumerable million years, in fact. Geologists wondered the how and why of uniqueness of the land masses filling the earth, dividing Atlantic from Pacific. 


Why does South America feel like it could cozy up with Africa? Why is Australia off by itself, containing unique critters of its own? Why is there a Gulf Stream that swirls hot to cold, an interactive exchange? Can any continent claim that it has the hottest temperature? Personally, I'd go for Africa.  Sahara Desert wins, hands down.

Alfred Wegener published The Origin of Continents, in 1912.  He posited that at that time, there had been only one massive continent, which he named Pangaea, or Pangea. It was during a 600 million year span to some other million, land masses broke apart in a continental shift, similar to pieces of driftwood rolling through waters until it found a home. (First, continents were together, then they broke up, and then they moved back...Fickle, if you ask me.)



Wegener's book seemed to solve a great mystery to most people.  I suspect that other geologists may have wondered about this but discounted it, but Pangaea seemed to make sense to average humans. I mean, really.  Just look at a jigsaw puzzle, you academics. 

Unbelievably, this created quite an uproar, was controversial until the 1950s. But, even so, Wegener had cast his scientific reputation to test the waters in early 20th century years. I'd say he took quite a chance on this, but then...

This shift had all sorts of ramifications, too numerous here. Feel free to check it out. BUT it is patently clear that there will be no effort for earth to reconnect any time soon.
  

Carole King from YouTube

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Saturday, October 3, 2020

Animal Farm by George Orwell


The first time I read Animal Farm in high school I was astounded. The courage of the animals fighting against the humans, with the hogs as the forceful nature negotiating. (as a farmer's daughter, let me tell you that hogs cannot be trusted. Nasty natures.) The true heroes are the animals who are selfless in this struggle.

Then after some years, an animated version of the story appeared on TV. Pretty much the same as the book, this time I was furious at the hogs, as their true cruelty and deviousness comes to light. It is such a surprising book, especially given the time period, WW2 and pre-Cold War.

The narration is everything such a story would require. Allegorical, metaphorical, satirical, it is  a veiled comparison to USSR. When the book is freely published, it was not well received in Socialist countries of the world, still isn't. The following paragraph is from Wikipedia, partial synopsis. 

"Humanity and equality.The poorly-run manor farm is up for change. at a ..

poorly-run Manor Farm near Willingdon, England, is ripened for rebellion from its animal populace by neglect at the hands of the irresponsible and alcoholic farmer, Mr. Jones

One night, the exalted boar, Old Major, holds a conference, at which he calls for the overthrow of humans and teaches the animals a revolutionary song called "Beasts of England". 

When Old Major dies, two young pigs, Snowball and Napoleon, assume command and stage a revolt, driving Mr. Jones off the farm and renaming the property "Animal Farm". 

They adopt the Seven Commandments of Animalism, the most important of which is, "All animals are equal". The decree is painted in large letters on one side of the barn. 

Snowball teaches the animals to read and write, while Napoleon educates young puppies on the principles of Animalism. Food is plentiful, and the farm runs smoothly. The pigs elevate themselves to positions of leadership and set aside special food items, ostensibly for their personal health. 

Following an unsuccessful attempt by Mr. Jones and his associates to retake the farm (later dubbed the "Battle of the Cowshed"), Snowball announces his plans to modernize the farm by building a windmill. Napoleon disputes this idea, and matters come to head, which culminate in Napoleon's dogs chasing Snowball away and Napoleon declaring himself supreme commander."


 


Animal Farm YouTube with subtitles


Have you ever read Animal Farm? Easy read, meaningful then and even more so now. Take a chance, leap into George Orwell's writing. Insightful writer.


Thursday, October 1, 2020

When the Mouth Opens and Words Come Out



Presidential debates are entertaining, one way or another. Not a happy entertainment for the most part, but they are always entertaining. 


We cannot forget the Chad Election. This 
is a compilation of different Presidential debates. About 5 minutes.

Heated exchanges 201


A series of 3 presidential debate is in the works. The first came out to mixed reviews. Who know what happens next?

Voters absolutely have to be informed, to understand the needs of the country, and decide what to do next. Citizens have a duty to vote, a right to vote.

"Of the remaining Constitutional amendments, only a few have had a significant impact on American life. Most are related to voting procedures, elections, and other matters of government administration. However, a few - most notably the Thirteenth Amendment, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Nineteenth Amendment - are civil rights milestones. This page will give you an overview of each amendment and a few resources for further research.

Every amendment is linked to its page at the National Constitution Center, a great site for further research. If you want to know more about any of these amendments, just click on its link. The pages include detailed analysis, historical context, and important documents related to each amendment."

To jolt our memories, Constitution amendments regarding voting rights are below. Most voters have never read these.
 
Amendment #14:

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

[Sections 2 through 5 omitted for brevity]
Adopted in 1868, this is the second of the "Reconstruction amendments" and one of the most far-reaching of the non-Bill of Rights amendments. This is mainly due to Section 1, which contains four major clauses: the Citizenship Clause, the Privileges & Immunities Clause, the Due Process Clause, and the Equal Protection Clause. The remaining sections deal with post-Civil War governmental administration.

Amendment # 21 ensures the right to vote for all people

"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Admendment #12  

"This lengthy amendment, adopted in 1804, revised the procedures for using the Electoral College to elect the President and Vice-President. Its impact has mainly been political - it affects the required qualifications of presidential and vice-presidential candidates"

Amendment #15 - Rights Not to Be Denied on Account of Race (1870)

Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Amendment #26 ensures the right for people 18 yrs or older.

Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States, who are 18 years of age or older, to vote, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of age.

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

In conclusion, read and think. Don't accept unsubstantiated thoughts and words. Voting is the right of all races, colors, citizens of the U.S.

Please do not include political opinions and comments. We've all heard them and do not to need them again. Thanks.