January 2014 archive

Jan 18

Idiot Wind

In 1975, Bob Dylan recorded his 15th studio album, Blood on the Tracks. To many of his fans, this album will forever be his crowning achievement. For me, this album is the essence of his mastery as a poet. It is the quintessential Dylan work. In this article, probably the best analysis of Idiot Wind, …

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Jan 17

Pork Adobo

  Each January since 2010, I make a batch of Pork Adobo to commemorate my visit to the Philippines. This is a perfect item to cook in a Dutch oven. The dish, Adobo is a remnant from when the Spanish ruled the seas and the Philippines were colonized by the European power. There are a …

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Jan 16

The Game of Scrabble.

The picture above indicates that K (that’s me) beat D. by 75 points! A sampling of the words include, 3 animals, a slang word for cigarette, 1 insect, a word that has to do with electricity, 1 body part, a word that relates to a strict religious dietary requirement, a word that is synonymous with …

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Jan 11

The Woodpile

In the past, here, also here and here, I have posted poetry by the great American poet, Robert Frost. His eloquent words offers me cause to reflect upon my youth. As a boy I would often spend hours wandering in the woods near my home. Then, for more than 30 years, I lived far away …

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Jan 08


The past few days have been the typical January weather with severe cold that was made much worse by strong winds. This is referred to as the Wind Chill Factor. Wind combined with cold temperatures compound the dangerous risk of frostbite and hypothermia. Fortunately, the sun has been shining although it seemed to make little …

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Jan 07

More language learning resources

Many of my students know that I am constantly reading and researching in pursuit of new, interesting and informative source material to use in our lessons. I must say that it is my good fortune to speak with people in different countries every day. Their thirst for knowledge is what drives me to find material …

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Jan 05


Bacon is a favorite food of many Americans. When Americans speak of bacon they are speaking of pork belly, that has been cured in a brine (salt/sugar with seasonings) and then, smoked. It is distinctly different from Canadian Bacon. Also different from European varieties of bacon. Apparently, the goodness of the fatty, salty, smoky American …

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Jan 03

Grilled sandwich for lunch.

On a cold and blustery Winter’s day it is nice to come inside from shoveling snow and have a hot sandwich with soup. The range of sandwiches that work for grilling is extensive, but as a general rule they contain some sort of meat and cheese combination. The cheese, of course, melts nicely to make …

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Jan 03

…A happy snowflake dancing in the flaw.

Much of the U.S. is covered in a thick layer of snow this morning. At my place, it looks like we received about 8 inches (20.32 centimeters) last night and the temperature this morning is about -5 F (-20 Celsius). I am glad I work inside today! This poem is fitting for the day.   …

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Jan 01

Cassoulet on New Year’s Day

  On the first day of the New Year, it is tradition in my home to eat some kind of beans. I don’t remember where or when the tradition started but it is believed to be good luck to eat beans on the first day of the new year. I have not noticed this to …

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