Tuesday, March 28, 2006

A second letter home from camp

It rained today at Camp Buddy so we signed up to learn wrestling. The staff says we are doing quite well and hope to bring home a medal. We miss you but are having fun.

Monday, March 27, 2006

A beautiful display of the First Amendment

3/25: Los Angeles: Between Half-million to One Million People Protest against Anti-Immigrant Law! http://www.NoHR4437.org

Aren't you proud to live in this country where 250,000 people can assemble in a peaceful protest? Not so proud of what Congress is trying to do? Contact your Senator and voice your opinions of this anti-immigrant law. The link is in the upper right-hand corner.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

They're happy in Westwood AND Tokyo tonight

After a nailbiting first half the Bruins pulled through to make it to the Final Four. Unlike the Gorgonzola game I watched the whole thing, dinner was even held up for the last few minutes until we could safely celebrate.

I'm sure my daughter and son-in-law found a way to watch the game even though we think it was about 4:30 in Tokyo.

Go Bruins!

Lorna's favorite flavor; free

I never was sure if anyone, other than my family and close circle of friends, was reading my blog until I stumbled onto Site Meter I was shocked to see that people actually do view it and some people, other than the afore mentioned, do read it. Or, they've fallen asleep at the computer with my blog on the screen. Hey, let me hope someone likes my writing. The big plus here is it's free. Don't you all just love the intranet? And while it's still free you might be interested in what big business would like to do with the 'net. Common Cause

No child left untouched

Ok, I have no children, nor grandchildren this age but this is a very disturbing section of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Why to get funding do schools need to supply information to recruiters? If anyone has a viable answer to this, please educate me.


    (a) POLICY-
      (1) ACCESS TO STUDENT RECRUITING INFORMATION- Notwithstanding section 444(a)(5)(B) of the General Education Provisions Act and except as provided in paragraph (2), each local educational agency receiving assistance under this Act shall provide, on a request made by military recruiters or an institution of higher education, access to secondary school students names, addresses, and telephone listings.
For the rest of the text please view

No child left behind section 9528

Friday, March 24, 2006

A letter home from camp

Dear Daven & Lorna

We are having the time of our life here at Camp Buddy. Here we are in our playhouse with our counselor, Dan.

Here we are at nap time, camp keeps us very busy but we are lucky counselor Dan likes to nap.

We miss you and are being good campers but the food sux, same old stuff.

Multi and Max

Gorgonzola melts

I wasn't much of a fan last night, I know, I'm ashamed. They played so bad in the first half I gave up, lucky that the Bruins didn't.Was awakened by my daughter's phone call. It took a moment to realize the screaming on the other end meant they'd won.

This pix is great; Bruins Arron Afflalo helps a distraught opponent. Boy, that says it all. They never gave up, even though they'd been down 17 points, and they still took time to be compassionate. Be proud coach Howland, you've done a fine job.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

We all have heros

I have a friend who uses W.W.J.D? which for her means "What would Jackie do?" Jackie? Yes, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, this friend is very fashion conscious and tries to model herself after that stylish first lady.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Three f'ing years and counting

Ever wonder why would so many people supported the war in Iraq three years ago? It was the Dopeler Effect: the tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly. Ah, George Bush, you fooled us again.

Feeling rather frustrated that I've not done enough I attended a candle-light vigil last night in Thousand Oaks to protest the war. It was pouring down rain and sadly only about 25 showed up but did meet some like-thinking-individuals and that made me feel better.

The vigil, on a very busy corner, did get some positive support from passersby and only one comment screamed from a passing car, "Go back to San Francisco you fucking homos." Now this did get a laugh from the group, so in a way, we needed that Ignoranus, a person who's both stupid and an asshole.

Tired of feeling frustrated? Find an organized protest in your area and excercise your First Amendment Rights before they are a thing of the past. United for Peace & Justice

Added March 23--for your edification. My sister has some great quotes from Tim Russert on her blog.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

If dogs go to heaven

Found this blog while looking for something else, as is always the case. The blog is interesting but this poem will now be one of my favorites. Sadly it is from a poet that has recently passed. I would have liked him if for nothing else than the dog on his lap looks like my long gone Sheba, the world's sweetest dog. So if dogs go to heaven he'll have my darling Sheba to to love.

Why dogs stopped flying

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Crystal, more than preserves

I had a friend, Crystal who was born in New Orleans, and when they'd pass by this sign her momma 'n them would tell her that's where they got the idea for her name. I found this photo on the Crystal Hot Sauce site. It made me smile because our dear Crystal died a few years back and I sure do miss her, especially around Mardi Gras. Even though she was transplanted in California she always planned our Mardi Gras "feast" at work complete with "throws" she'd collected. She was a doll.

Sorry you're not with us anymore Crystal but wherever you are I know you've written and directed a play, sewed all the costumes--and made a great pot of red beans and rice for the after party.

Let the good times roll,
Crystal M. St. Romain
July 8, 1957 - May 16, 2003

Friday, March 10, 2006


My sister's post about a yummy beet recipe made be think of something that happened to Dan and me a few weeks ago. I'd bought some beets at the local farmer's market, boiled them and served them with just a bit of butter and salt and pepper. We like them but these beets were exceptionally red and that next morning I was startled by the color of my urine but then remembered the beets. When I'd asked him if he experienced this phenomenon he was quite relieved to find out it was only the beets.

The following is an explanation from a great website called World's healthiest Foods

If you start to see red when you increase your consumption of beets, don't be alarmed. You're just experiencing beeturia, or a red or pink color to your urine or stool. No need to panic; the condition is harmless.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

First Amendment? D'oh!

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

— The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

In a survey more people knew more characters in the Simpsons than they did freedoms protected by the First Amendment. If you can't remember what freedoms it protects then you won't know what you're missing if they take it away.

The First Amendment protects freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition.

Now say this:

Now remember this:

Good, now teach your children. The First Amendment Center

Get the elephant gun!

For your viewing pleasure and damn edification!

Funny cartoon this morning from political cartoonist Tom Toles. Most people can't seem to see past this giant beast to realize that the GOP controls everything in this country right now and if we ignore it, the evil empire will continue to feed us just right amount of pablum, baby cereal for you younger people, to keep us fat, dumb and happy.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Wake up and smell the money.

All this kafuffle about the American ports spinning your head? Read "cleptocracy" for a great explanation of what's going on with Dubya, Dubai and the Dodos in Washington.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Tres loca mujares

A food blog from three crazy women who just happen to all like food, go figure.

Peanut Butter Étouffee