Sep 13

Bill Monroe, Father of American Bluegrass

Among the annuls of American musicology, there is a name that stands tall in the world of Bluegrass music; Bill Monroe, considered by many to be the Father of American Bluegrass. Bill left us a few years back and we sure do miss him! He continued to perform live until near the time of his …

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Sep 12

Meatloaf

Amixture of 50% beef, 25% pork and 25% veal is a good ratio for a standard meatloaf.

Meatloaf is the most commonly consumed American forcemeat and a classic comfort food. Another popular forcemeat is the “Hot Dog” or Frankfurter. Thousands of recipes for meatloaf here and a few more here too!.   To this 3 pound meatloaf blend I added; 2 eggs 1/2 cup of bread crumbs my secret blend of special …

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Sep 09

Basic Life Skills

In this post I want to offer a list of skills that I believe every adult should possess. Skills that may one day save your life or the life of another. Skills that simply make sense for us to know. Skills that any adult should be able to perform with a reasonable degree of proficiency. …

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Sep 04

Cannabis

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At this time of year, many growers are harvesting their crops. One crop that has become a huge market with an economy in the billions of dollars is cannabis. As a lover of liberty, I take my hat off to the many individuals engaged in exercising their right to be free from interference of others …

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Aug 31

From Prisons on the Road to Ants Marching….

Traffic congestion has been a concern for decades in many countries. Even with infrastructure improvements made in major cities, highway and road traffic problems are chronic in some major metro areas. In the U.S. New York and Los Angeles are notorious for their traffic headaches. Many of my Chinese students tell me of traffic congestion …

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Aug 24

Garcia

Jerry Garcia, best known for his role as founding member, lead guitar and vocals for the Grateful Dead, was born and died in the month of August. As we close this month out, I wish to dedicate the month of August to the memory of Garcia. Next year, 2015 will be 20 years since his …

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Aug 18

Permaculture

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Permaculture is defined, in short, as a method of landscaping and gardening that is self sustaining, low input / low work — high out put / high return on labor. Follow this link to an interesting and resourceful site on the topic. In my mind, this idea of permaculture is applicable to the small farm …

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Aug 12

Pasta

Spinach Fettuccine with chicken and mushrooms, with a cream sauce.

* Pasta is a generic term for an unleavened dough usually made from durum wheat flour and water, then cut into sheets or any variety of over 300 shapes. In a previous post I shared one of my almost world famous original recipe for a special Lasagna with Pistachios. and this post with a recipe …

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Aug 03

Central Park, New York

A view from the roof of the MET.

When we think of New York City, we conjure images of skyscrapers, bustling crowds, a plethora of art and cultural events, an abundance of restaurants and a melting pot of virtually every ethnicity and nationality from around the globe. Most visitors think of Manhattan when you say NYC, but the city is actually comprised of …

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Jul 29

Diana — goddess of hunting and wild animals.

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The poem, Diana of the Hunt, was written by a somewhat obscure American poet named, Forceythe Willson. Diana of the Hunt By Forceythe Willson All can see, in the shining places, Vestiges of her classic graces; Where her footsteps, fleet and stark, Have beautifully embossed the dark. We know indeed, that the stately and golden …

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