Monthly Archive: March 2014

Mar 18

A Reuben Sandwich

After St. Pat’s day, there is usually a piece of corned beef left-over. Many people make corned beef hash and serve it with eggs. However, there is another popular way to use up that cold corned beef. The Reuben sandwich is an American classic, though its origins and creator are disputed. The way I make …

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Mar 16

Does God look down on the boys in the barroom?

* Once again, the St. Patrick’s Day holiday is upon us. This year, I will share a few bits of Irish wisdom and charm. Perhaps it is good to begin with a prayer. The following is a common blessing that is frequently offered to friends or family as they depart on a long journey. An …

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Mar 15

Spring Break

Another of my students from China, is a visiting scholar at Penn State University. She will be here for one year researching the American education system. Her first big surprise was the amount of snow we’ve had this year and the very cold temperatures. I know she is looking forward to spring, as we all …

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Mar 14

Beware the Ides of March.

In Act 1 of William Shakespeare‘s play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, the soothsayer warns the powerful dictator to, “Beware the Ides of March”. Caesar ignores this warning and instead ventures out to the games celebrating the Feast of Lupercal. This fateful warning is recognized all over the English speaking world. Caesar, an accomplished military …

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Mar 09

Just when I was getting accustomed to the growing hours of light….

Regular readers of this blog may remember my complaint about the time adjustment some places make to fool themselves into believing it is an hour earlier that it actually is. Follow this link if you need to catch up. I will say again, it is a ridiculous folly to suppose that man can alter the …

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Mar 06

More Opera

Recently, I posted an article about opera. In that article I shared some of my very limited knowledge of the subject and comment on some of the great live opera that I’ve had the pleasure to experience. This past Saturday, I had an opportunity to listen to a few segments of the Metropolitan Opera‘s live …

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Mar 04

Fat Tuesday

* Mardi Gras, translated from French means Fat Tuesday (also known as Shrove Tuesday), is a holiday celebrated in Catholic communities around the world . It is a traditional celebration on the last day before Lent, the beginning of a period of fasting. The “Carnival Season” begins on Kings Day or Epiphany and ends on …

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Mar 03

My Little Wheelbarrow

My little wheelbarrow by Kevin Neary My little wheelbarrow lay frozen in the snow So much so that I know it surely will not go *** In my relentless search for interesting and informative source material, I stumbled into this very cool site. Many people mistakenly say, wheel-barrel, but that is not the correct word …

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Mar 02

Tom Wolfe

March 2nd marks the birth of acclaimed American social critic, author and journalist, Tom Wolfe. Wolfe has been credited with introducing a handful of new terms into the English language. Among them; “statusphere,” “the right stuff,” “radical chic,” “the Me Decade,” and “social x-ray“. His creative style of writing has been embraced by many and …

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