January 18, 2017

Here is an informative video that I ran across a couple of weeks ago.  An interesting perspective to say the least.

Amazing Adjectives, Number Eleven!

January 17, 2017

Why is it that we always want or covet that which we don’t have?  An amazing conundrum for sure.  I have never had ulotrichous hair, but I certainly have been a bit envious of those that do (from time to time).   Then I think about the time it must take to manage and/or care for such hair and revert back to counting my blessings.


\ yoo-lo-tri-kuh s \, adjective;

1.  belonging to a group of people having woolly or crisply curly hair.

College Basketball, Week Eleven!

January 16, 2017

Well the Spartans continue to surprise — they beat Minnesota (#24) at home then fell on the road at Ohio State.  The inconsistencies continue.  The Big Ten only has three (3)  teams currently in the AP top-25: Purdue (#17), Wisconsin (#18), and Minnesota (#24).  Will Minnesota’s lossess this week (2) drop them from the top-25?  And, following Baylor’s loss, there is now only one undefeated team remaining among the top-25:  Gonzaga (#5).

Next up for the Spartans: a light week (only one game) — on the road against Indiana (Saturday).    Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Baylor (#1) losing to West Virginia (#10).
Duke (#7) losing to Florida State (#9).
Duke (#7) loing to Louisville (#14).
Florida State (#9) losing to North Carolina (#11).
Purdue (#17) losing to unranked Iowa by five (5) points.
Minnesota (#24) losing to unranked Michigan State.
Minnesota (#24) losing to unranked Penn State by two (2) points.
Kansas State (#25) losing to unranked Texas Tech by one (1) point.
USC (#25) losing to unranked Utah.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
UCLA (#4) defeating unranked Utah by one (1) point.
Kentucky (#6) defeating unranked Vanderbilt by six (6) points.
West Virginia (#10) defeating unranked Texas by two (2) points.
North Carolina (#11) defeating unranked Wake Forest by six (6) points.
Louisville (#14) defeating unranked Pittsburgh by five (5) points.
Virginia (#19) defeating unranked Clemson by four (4) points.
Notre Dame (#20) defeating unranked Miami by five (5) points.
Notre Dame (#20) defeating unranked Virginia Tech by five (5) points.
Cincinnati (#22) defeating unranked SMU by two (2) points.
Florida (#23) defeating unranked Georgia by four (4) points in overtime.
USC (#25) defeating unranked Colorado by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Baylor (#1) defeating Kansas State (#25).
Villanova (#3) defeating Xavier (#15).
Gonzaga (#5) defeating Saint Mary (#21).
Creighton (#8) defeating Butler (#12).
Butler (#12) defeating Xavier (#15) by five (5) points.

Cheesecake of the Month – January 2017!

January 15, 2017

I found a UK recipe, so I’m having to convert from metric to US measurements.  This may take a little “fiddling” with to get just right, but here’s my best guess.  Regardless, the flavors sound delicious and I can’t wait to give it a try.

Fresh Ginger Cheesecake

1 cup of crushed gingersnap cookies
1/4 cup of butter, melted
3 (8-ounce packages) of cream cheese, softened
1 cup of sugar
1 Tablespoon of flour
2 teaspoons of fresh ginger, grated
1 teaspoon of lemon juice (I may try lime juice just to be different)
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup of whipping cream
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 (8-ounce) carton of sour cream
2 Tablespoons of sugar
1/3 cup of caramel topping
Crystallized ginger, cut into strips (optional)

1.  Preheat your over to 350 degrees.  Stir together the crushed gingersnap cookie crumbs and the butter.  Press onto the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.  Bake for 5 minutes.

2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer on low to medium speed until smooth.  Beat in the sugar, flour, ginger, lemon juice, vanilla, and salt.  Beat in whipping cream just until combined.  Stir in the eggs, one at a time (do not overbeat).  Pour over crust and place in a shallow baking pan.

3.  Bake about 45 minutes or just until the center is set.  in a small bowl, stir together the sour cream and the 2 Tablespoons of sugar.  Spread this mixture over the top of the baked cheesecake.  Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes.  Loosed the crust from the sides of the pan.  Chill in refrigerator for at least four hours.

4.  Just before serving, warm the caramel topping and spoon over the top of the cheesecake (allow some to drip down over the sides).  Top with strips of the crystallized ginger is you desire.

No Bank Account?!

January 14, 2017

While I don’t remember how old I was when I did it, opening my first savings account at the bank was a big deal.  Apparently, there are many households throughout the country that do not rely on banks at all and have neither a checking nor a savings account.  Here are the state rankings showing the highest and lowest percentages of households in which no one had a checking or savings account (according to the 2015 FDIC National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households).

Lowest percentage
1. Vermont (1.5%)
2. New Hampshire (1.8%)
3. Maine (2.3%)
4. Hawaii (2.4%)
4. Wyoming (2.4%)
6. North Dakota (3.0%)
7. Wisconsin (3.4%)
7. Minnesota (3.4%)
9. Alaska (3.5%)
10. Idaho (3.6%)

Highest percentage
1. Louisiana (14.0%)
2. Mississippi (12.6%)
3. Alabama (12.5%)
4. Georgia (11.9%)
5. Oklahoma (11.0%)
6. Tennessee (10.8%)
7. Arkansas (9.7%)
8. Texas (9.4%)
8. New Mexico (9.4%)
10. Kentucky (9.0%)

Source: AARP Bulletin, Databank USA, January-February 2017.


Fun Fact Friday, Number Six!

January 13, 2017

Happy Friday!    And, Happy Friday the 13th!  What is your favorite horror movie?  The original Halloween (1978), starring Jamie Lee Curtis, remains my favorite.  On a somewhat related note, horror films have long used the telephone (or a telephone call) to terrify the audience so I thought I would check out some interesting, but totally unrelated to horror, telephone facts (courtesy of “Real Facts”):

  • the first telephone book ever issues (1878) contained just fifty (50) names (Real Fact #170)
  • there are more telephones in Washington, D.C. than there are people (Real Fact #91)


Misconception, Number One!

January 12, 2017

Were you aware that India ink did not originate in India?

Believe it or not, India ink was first invented and utilized in China.  This type of ink is commonly used for writing and printing as well as for drawing or outlining.  India ink even has medical applications and other non-artistic uses.

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

Amazing Grace!

January 11, 2017

It is no secret that I really appreciate and enjoy the song “Amazing Grace.”  So whenever I find a new version, sharing is just second nature.  Here is an awesome version by the group Home Free.  Enjoy!

Let’s Collaborate!

January 10, 2017

Before computers, collaboration used to take a much longer time as hard copies of documents traveled from one collaborator to the next with a host of useful variorum commentary.  The speedy gathering of collaborators’ notes has certainly been facilitated through the use of wikis and Google docs.


\ vair-ee-awruh m, –ohr– \, adjective;

  1. containing different versions of the text by various editors.
  2. containing many notes and commentaries by a number of scholars or critics.


      1. a variorum edition or text.

Source:; and The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.

College Basketball 2017, Week Ten!

January 9, 2017

The Spartans managed a victory at home over Rutgers (Wednesday) then fell on the road to Penn State (Saturday).  Despite the loss, the Spartans are tied for first in the Big Ten (with Minnesota, Purdue and Nebraska, each with only one loss so far at this early juncture in the season). Hang on, it could be a wild ride this year.  The Big Ten only has three (3)  teams currently in the AP top-25: Wisconsin (#13), Purdue (#20), and Indiana (#25).  And, the number of undefeated teams among the top-25 has dropped to two (2): Baylor (#1), and  Gonzaga (#5).

Next up for the Spartans: at home against Minnesota (Wednesday) then on the road to Ohio State (Sunday).    Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Villanova (#1) losing to Butler (#18).
West Virginia (#7) losing to unranked Texas Tech by one (1) point in overtime.
Louisville (#9) losing to Notre Dame (#23).
Virginia (#11) losing to unranked Pittsburgh.
Wisconsin (#13) losing to Purdue (#20).
Virginia Tech (#21) losing to unranked NC State.
USC (#23) losing to unranked California by one (1) point.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Baylor (#2) defeating unranked Iowa State by two (2) points  then defeating unranked Oklahoma State by four (4)  points..
Kansas (#3) defeating unranked Kansas State by two (2) points.
North Carolina (#14) defeating unranked Clemson by three (3) points in overtime.
Butler (#18) defeating unranked Georgetown in overtime.
Purdue (#20) defeated Ohio State by only one (1) point.
Notre Dame (#23) defeating unranked Clemson by five (5) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Florida State (#12) defeating Virginia Tech (#21)
Wisconsin (#13) defeating Indiana (#25).