Happy Birthday Dale!

September 20, 2017

ChihulyChihuly, that is.  I have been privileged enough to attend and view this wonderful exhibit at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on two separate occasions so far during the exhibit’s run (June 3rd through November 13th — you still have time to make the trip and visit yourself).  I never tire of visiting galleries and appreciating art of all types . . . there are so many talented/gifted artists in the world that you don’t have to go to the major cities to enjoy quality art (but by all means, this shouldn’t stop you from doing so if you are so inclined).  But, there is quality art everywhere; in every town or hamlet in the country.  The secret (and joy) is in finding or discovering these wonderful treasures.



September 19, 2017

“In addition to its brilliance, vermilion is a pigment of great intensity and durability.” (www.dictionary.com)


\ bril-yuh ns \, noun;

1.  great brightness; luster
2.  excellence or distinction; conspicuous talent, mental ability, etc.
3.  splendor, elegance, or magnificence

4.  Optics. that luminance of a body consisting of its saturation and brightness.
But according to my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate, here are some other options to help extend your vocabulary (depending on your specific need or usage):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.  Definitions courtesy of http://www.dictionary.com

The Rebuke!

September 18, 2017

Here’s the next installment of poetry generally attributed to Thomas, the sixth Earl of Harrington (circa 1730).  Enjoy!


The Rebuke

I always thought it want of sense,
And the worst kind of impudence,
In men who are for love unfit,
Yet ever are attempting it;
Since women, when they find the cheat,
Can never pardon the deceit;
And whatever face they put upon’t,
Will soon or late revenge the affront.

Not long ago a well-known rake,
Who still was lewd for lewdness’ sake:
One evening, when ’twas wearing dark,
Went out a-strolling to the park:
Where he did meet a harlot gay,
Who soared  about in hopes of prey:
The rake, well versed in such affairs,
Soon guessed her meaning by her airs,
And, going briskly up, began,
“Nor farther look, for I’m your man.”

“My man,” said she, “I know you not;
“What do you mean, you drunken sot?”
“Not know me,” said the foremost spark,
“Faith, Madam, though the night grows dark,
“Yet you may know me by this mark:”
Then in her hand he something laid,
At which the strumpet seemed afraid.

“What’s that,” said she, ‘you wicked beast?”
The fellow , tickled with the jest,
Applied his lips close to her ear,
and said “it is my p—–k, my dear.”

“Thy p——k,” she cried, in great surprise,
“A p——k, and of so small a size!
“It either is your little finger,
“Or you’re a vile Italian singer.”

Note: printed on the page following the title page was the following: “from a collection of poems that have been generally ascribed to Thomas, sixth Earl of Harrington. He was the son of Charles, the fifth Earl, and Margaret Lesslie, Countess of Rothes; and fought on the Royal side at the battle of Shirreffmuir, along with his brother John Lesslie, Earl of Rothes, and his own son, Lord Binning. These poems, according to Pinkerton, were printed about 1730, and have been reprinted in 1753, 1765, 1767, and 1777. He was also the author of Mia treatise on forest trees, which has gone through several editions. He died in 1735.” However, if these dates are correct (and I am by no means an expert historian in such matters), these poems could only have been written by either the first or second Earl of Harrington (William Stanhope and W.S. Jr.).


College Football 2017, Week Three!

September 17, 2017

For the second year in a row, the Spartans have managed to have their bye week way too early in the season, alas!  . . . .  there continue to be four Big Ten teams in the top-25 (Penn State [#5], Michigan [#7], Ohio State [#8], and Wisconsin [#10]).  The Big Ten continues to fare well and finished this week with a 9-2 win/loss record.  Next up for the Spartans: at home against the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
LSU (#12) losing to Mississippi State.
Kansas (#18) losing to unranked Vanderbilt by seven (7) points.
Stanford (#20) losing to unranked San Diego State by three (3) points.
Tennessee (#23) losing to Florida (#24) by six (6) points.
UCLA (#25) losing to unranked Memphis by three (3) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
USC (#4) defeated unranked Texas by three (3) points in double overtime.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Clemson (#3) defeating Louisville (#14).

Cheesecake of the Month – September 2017!

September 16, 2017

Having several “cheesecake-recipe-specific” cookbooks in my kitchen, I generally don’t have to hunt too hard for ideas.  But every now and then I will run across a new recipe that I had never before encountered.  This month’s recipe is one of these new discoveries (courtesy of Karen Barker in Baking from the Heart by Michael J. Rosen).  Yum!

Brown Sugar Cheesecake (with a bourbon-peach sauce)

Crust ingredients
1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons of graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons of finely ground pecans
2 Tablespoons of sugar
2 Tablespoons of butter, melted

Filling ingredients
3 packages (8-ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup of light brown sugar
2 Tablespoons of molasses
1 cup of sour cream
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
3 large eggs plus 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Butter an 8-inch springform pan and wrap the pan in aluminum foil.

2.  For the crust, combine the graham cracker crumbs, pecans, sugar, and melted butter in a small bowl.  Press this mixture onto the bottom and slightly up the sides of your springform pan.  Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown before removing to a rack and cooling completely.

3.  For the cheesecake, in a large bowl, combine the cream cheese  and brown sugar and mix until smooth (2-3 minutes).  Add the molasses, sour cream, and vanilla and mix until just combined.

4.  Add half of the egg mixture and mix until just incorporated then repeat with the other half of the egg mixture.

5.  Pour the batter into your prepared pan and place it in a shallow roasting pan.  Place the roasting pan on the lowest rack of the oven and create a water bath by adding water until the cheesecake pan is half immersed.

6.  Bake for 1 hour then lower the temperature to 325 degrees and bake for an additional 20 minutes.  The cheesecake should be set and puffed up around the edges while the center will retain a slight jiggle.  Remove the cheesecake pan from the water bath and allow to cool completely on a rack.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours before serving.

7.  Remove from the pan and serve with the bourbon-peach sauce

Bourbon Peach Sauce

8 ripe medium-sized peaches
1/4 cup of sugar
2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup of bourbon
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1.  Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil.  Prepare a large bowl of ice water.  Using a small paring knife, draw a long shallow “x” across the skin of each peach.  Gently place the scored peaches into the saucepan and blanch for 30-40 seconds.  Using a strainer, remove the peaches from the water and plunge them into the ice bath for a few minutes.

2.  Peel the peaches, halve them, and discard the pit.  Slice each peach into several thick wedges.

3.  Ina medium non-reactive  saucepan, combine the peaches, sugar, lemon juice, bourbon, and salt and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 10-15 minutes, or until the peaches are very soft and the liquid has become syrupy.  Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

4.  Cool the peach mixture and the puree in a blender.  Strain the puree through a fine-mesh strainer.  Taste the sauce and add sugar or lemon juice to taste.  Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to use.

Source: Baking from the Heart by Michael J. Rosen, p. 111

Fun Fact Friday, Number Forty-One!

September 15, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “inventors/inventions.”  Do you know who founded the Mercedes-Benz company?

Mercedes just happened to be the name of a Daimler car company employee’s daughter (he, Emil Jellinek, name an engine and several racing cars after her); Benz refers to Karl Benz, an auto manufacturer.  In 1926, Benz merged with Daimler to become the “Mercedes-Benz” company.  The Daimler name resurfaced in 1998 when the company merged with the Chrysler Corporation to form Daimler-Chrysler.

Source: Sorry, Wrong Answer: Trivia Questions That Even Know-It-Alls Get Wrong, by Dr. Rod L. Evans.

A Librarian’s Alphabet!

September 14, 2017

As I was aimlessly surfing the internet the other day, I stumbled upon this humorous take on the alphabet through the eyes of a librarian.

It starts . . . “A is for Access, a large part of our creed” . . . and continues through “Z is for
Libraries. (In LC classification!)”

Here’s the entire alphabet.  Enjoy!

LibraryHumor.com by Denise Plourde is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.


How About a Little Scale/Perspective?!

September 13, 2017

To truly understand where and how we fit into this world, here’s an infographic that will hopefully shed some light on the scale of the earth (from the tallest mountain to the deepest ocean trench).  Enjoy!


Amazing Adjectives, Number Twenty-Two!

September 12, 2017

Here is a word from the Latin idoneous, meaning “fit, proper, suitable.”  As exemplified in The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate,

“On the basis of their idoneous qualifications, all three finalists were given four-month appointments as summer interns to determine how they would respond to the demands of the working environment.”


\ ahy-doh-nee-uh s \, adjective;

  1.  appropriate; fit; suitable; apt.

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.

Happy Patriots’ Day!

September 11, 2017

Happy Monday!  On this the anniversary of 9/11, what better tribute than this song by Toby Keith, “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue”?