Friday, June 21, 2013
"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you".
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Saturday, June 15, 2013
I can only add that I hope you all someday have the chance to experience the "smell" even if it means visiting a showroom and sitting in a new car just for the experience. We have been fortunate enough to have worked hard, made good choices and have enjoyed our car experiences. This will probably be our last new car purchase and I'll enjoy the experience and smell of the car while it lasts which I hope will be for a very, very long time.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Which brings me to some donut trivia for today.
Have you ever seen the classic "It Happened One Night" with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert? Well, there is a scene where he's dunking a donut in his coffee and she's looking at him like he has a third eye. He explains what he's doing and has her dunk one, which she leaves in the coffee way too long and he patiently explains to her that dunking it too long gets it all soggy and it falls apart and is inedible. Well, I guess that scene started the trend of dunking your donuts because it took off in the 1930's like wildfire. Maybe it's a Hollywood myth, maybe fact,but I think it's a delightful story about the origins of dunking.
So while we're on the subject of donuts and pastries and bakeries, have you noticed the neighborhood bakeries are becoming extinct? They have either closed their doors or sold to someone who didn't carry on with their original recipes. It seems that the small Mom and Pop shops can't compete with the larger grocery chains which have their own bakery goods of sickening sweet tasteless goo they call pastries. They don't compare to the small bakeries which used the best, freshest ingredients. Today, the sweets you buy in the grocery store bake shop all taste the same, bland cake, sugary icing with no hint of vanilla or chocolate, tasteless fruit filling and outrageous prices. I'm sorry to see the privately owned bakeries closing and whenever I have the chance I buy from them. I'd rather pay a little extra for a decadent Caramel cake form Angelica's or a cannoli filled buttercream birthday cake from the bakery my family has used for years. So next time you need to pick up a dozen rolls or you need to order that special cake for a graduation or birthday, consider the neighborhood bakery instead of the grocery chains. You won't be disappointed and you'll help them stay in business and that is what we need - to keep the small business owners thriving! So, there! I've said my peace. Time for coffee and a cinnamon roll.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
I received an invitation in the mail the other day from my twenty-one year old niece. It looked like it had been printed by a seven year old. No offense niece since I spoke to your mother and she informed me that children of your generation were not taught cursive writing. I find that appalling and totally unacceptable. Talk about the dumbing down of America. Can it be true? I am not a parent, so I am not familiar with the curriculum of todays schools, but my sister in law informed me that teaching cursive was stopped years ago since keyboarding and texting became the norm. What I asked? A generation who have no personal signature? How will they write checks, make lists, write in diaries, send love letters and handwritten personal thank you notes? They do it in chicken scratch printing. I fault all the parents of these children for not insisting that their school districts continue to teach their children how to write. I for one have always prided myself on my penmanship. I remember being taught in school by Miss Royer and I loved the flow of the pencil as I practiced my cursive letters. I would practice my signature for hours, doodling it in my notebooks. As I went through school, I observed different teachers penmanship and I picked and chose whose I liked and imitated until I mastered their style. To this day I can write in different styles depending on my mood. I love writing in my journals and garden logs and while texting and keyboarding have their fine points, one should always still be able to express oneself by setting pen or pencil to paper and letting the words flow with beautiful, unique penmanship. I have heard that certain states - Indiana being one of them - plan on reinstating cursive teaching in their schools and I applaud them. To have generations of Americans never master the art and joy of writing in cursive is a disgrace and should be a national issue, not just a state issue. Teachers wake up and insist that your students learn handwriting!