Tonight I made a strawberry rhubarb pie in honor of my grandfather, a veteran of the second World War.
He made me my first ever strawberry rhubarb pie. I remember it because:
1. It was AMAZING.
2. He grew the rhubarb and strawberries himself in his own garden.
3. He made the pie himself!
I miss you grandpa.
I can barely get my mind around the pictures. That's a before and after of the exact same spot on the exact same street in Joplin, Missouri which was just leveled by an F5 tornado.
It's a little bit Japan tsunami, a little bit Mt St Helens, a little bit Hiroshima... a whole lot of 3 little pigs. I'm not making light of it at all just realizing that imagining the little pigs building their homes out of metal building kits might be the only kinds of things that can reassure kids who lived through this.
1500 people are unaccounted for. 1500! Where could they be? Trapped in basements under collapsed homes? Buried under the rubble of their homes? It's a crippling thought.
The first time we drove across country, we broke down just outside Joplin. While we pondered how we were going to get some help an older gentleman parked his truck in front of ours, walked back to our overheated Jeep, took a look under the already open hood and had us up and running in under 30 minutes. He refused payment or any other offering of appreciation. After living most all my life in California, it was I am sorry to say, quite a shock to find that kind and generous people really did exist who were there just to lend a helping hand to their fellow man.
G-D Bless the survivors and the victims. G-D speed to the lost.
It's spring and with it comes that sudden urge for everything to taste light and fresh. I have a handy zester, (yes, I have finally learned how to properly use it and all without getting one of those much-lauded teaching degree online), and I'm discovering the appeal of adding citrus zest to salads, soups, stews, even the kids' veggie concoctions. It's amazing how much life it adds to a dish that wasn't so bad to speak of before. The kids seem to eat more of their dinner when I add some lemon to the greenbeans. I've taken to adding the colorful tasty confetti to nearly everything we all eat lately. Who knew the appeal of zest in spring green salads? Carribbean chipotle-lime chicken? Margarita tarts? Yum.
My kids of course... now they cover their cheerio bowls when I walk by them in the kitchen. Silly bunnies. I'd never zest Cheerios. Fruity pebbles, however...
Obama's probably going to visit it. Not like it hasn't been well used.
Said Obama: "I asked Michelle the other day, I said, ‘What’s your favorite food’ -- because we were sitting around with the girls. She said, ‘Ah, Mexican food.’"
The crowd loved the news.
"You do not want to be between Michelle and a tamale," joked the president. "It’s true. It’s true. But she’s moving, though, so she can afford to have as many tamales as she wants," said Obama in a nod to his wife’s "Let’s Move" healthy campaign.
The metals and oil prices have been riding to tremendous, and historic highs as of late. I'm not any kind of expert on financial matters and generally keep a pretty safe distance. But the rollercoaster ride the past few months in the silver prices alone has me watching with a keen interested eye. Last week it was nudging up against $50 and the smarter investors traded in half their store for some gold. Others sold it all for cash for the pending drop and re-invested when silver recently dropped nearly a 1/3 of that $150.
A lot of people are making a tidy profit when they read the "tea leaves" hiding in the metals market correctly. Hopefully the folks at Norfolk flower delivery are busy benefiting from that profit when investors sink some of that cash into gifts for Mom.
Do any other parents care about the background behind their children's textbooks? Do any other parents even realize that they really CAN rewrite math to fit their own agenda?
The image above is a familiar one to most of us: the "times table". Working with my daughter on her math homework lately I've pretty much come to expect that pretty soon that handy chart above will be no more. Times tables? Replaced by the lattice method. And oh, something like another 10 steps. It seems like it would make more sense to buy Aruba jewelry from a Van der Sloot than to take one of the Laws of the Universe (Math) and give it an agenda.
I hope parents are asking these same questions. And following up.
The recent miniseries "The Kennedys" was a pleasant surprise. Not just in that it was well-made but that it appeared to be fairly truthful in that it didn't hide or gloss over certain historical facts I assumed Hollywood-types might not want revealed. Other
It was odd that Ted Kennedy didn't rate even being mentioned by name in the miniseries. Perhaps it was for the best... that girl left to drown in a car would have been a bad diversion. And even mentioning it would have been as smart as installing scanner software into an iphone. "I get what you were trying for but... No."
One thing that was strangely off-putting: the dynamic of Bobby and Jack talking out policy. Was RFK co-President with JFK like Hillary was with Bill? And Michelle with Barry?
This story from space.com made me pretty homesick for wide open sky and the endless horizons of the southwest deserts: Six Planets Now Aligned in the Dawn Sky:
For the last two months, almost all the planets have been hiding behind the sun, but this week they all emerge and are arrayed in a grand line above the rising sun. Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter are visible, and you can add Uranus and Neptune to your count if you have binoculars or a small telescope.
I know a lot of you are reading this and thinking --- 'Planetary alignment.. wait is it Dec 21 2012 already?" Nope. That's the NEXT one apparently. You're safe. As for this one, it sounds like a must-see. Granted, I'm not much of a morning person unless there's a massive sale on rocawear jeans at the nearest outlet so I'd have a hard time waking up to view it at dawn. But I bet it's an amazing sight even without our long-gone telescope.