Along the Coast!

December 11, 2019

“And navigation, cabotage excepted, must be open to merchantmen of all nations, but   foreign men-of-war need not be admitted.”  (from International Law.  A Treatise.  Volume 1 by Lassa Francis Oppenheim)


\ kabuh-tij, kab-uhtahzh \, noun;

  1. navigation or trade along the coast.
  2. Aviation. The legal restriction to domestic carriers of air transport between points  within country’s borders.
Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich, and

Gift-Giving Season!

December 10, 2019

Here we are . . . the gift-giving season.  Often times, our gifts become monetary.  Whether for lack of time to shop around, or a lack of creativity, money always seems to be a welcomed gift.  Did you know that money can be used in origami?  What a clever idea to exercise your creativity (along with a bit of “arts and crafts” skill) to give the perfect gift.  Here are the directions for an origami owl, the epitome of wisdom.  Happy folding.


College Basketball 2020, Week Five!

December 9, 2019

The Spartans of Michigan State lost their third game of the young season (to Duke [in East Lansing, no less]).  So they  are definitely NOT living up to their pre-season hype/billing . . . alas (yes, I know March is still a long way away, but the Spartans have a lot to figure out yet).   Michigan State did win their Big Ten conference opener against Rutgers yesterday.   The Big Ten conference has four (4) teams in the AP top-25: Maryland [#3], Michigan [#4], Ohio State [#6], and Michigan State [#11].

Next up for the Spartans: on the road to face the Grizzlies of Oakland University.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Virginia (#5) losing to unranked Purdue.
Arizona (#12) losing to Baylor (#18) by five (5) points.
Seton hall (#16) losing to unranked Iowa State.
Florida State (#17) losing to unranked Indiana.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Maryland (#3) defeating unranked Illinois by one (1) point.
Auburn (#14) defeating unranked Furman by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Louisville (#1) defeating Michigan (#4).
Kansas (#3) defeating Colorado (#20).
Virginia (#5) defeating North Carolina (#7).
Ohio State (#6) defeating North Carolina (#7).
Gonzaga (#9) defeating Washington (#22).
Duke (#10) defeating Michigan State (#11).

Big Ten Championship!

December 8, 2019

Congratulations to Ohio State Buckeyes on their victory over Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship game.  This should guarantee Ohio State a spot (possibly the top spot) in the College Football Playoff.  There continue to be six (6) teams from the Big Ten ranked in the top-25: Ohio State [#1], Wisconsin [#8], Penn State [#10], Michigan [#14], Iowa [#16], and Minnesota [#18].

The other conference champions include:

  • Clemson (ACC Conference)
  • Memphis (American Athletic Conference)
  • Oklahoma (Big 12 Conference)
  •  (Big Ten Conference)
  • Florida Atlantic (Conference USA)
  • Miami of Ohio (Mid-American Conference)
  • Boise State (Mountain West Conference)
  • Oregon (Pac-12 Conference)
  • LSU (SEC Conference)
  • Appalachian State (Sunbelt Conference)

The upsets this week included:
Utah (#5) losing to Oregon (#13).

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Oklahoma (#6) defeating Baylor (#7) by seven (7) points in overtime.
Memphis (#17) defeating Cincinnati (#20) by five (5) points.
Appalachian State (#21) defeating unranked Louisiana by seven (7) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Ohio State (#1) defeating Wisconsin (#8).
LSU (#2) defeating Georgia (#4).
Clemson (#3) defeating Virginia (#23).
Oklahoma (#6) defeating Baylor (#7) by seven (7) points in overtime.
Memphis (#17) defeating Cincinnati (#20) by five (5) points.

Homemade Salsa!

December 7, 2019

My hair stylist shared this recipe with me and it is a keeper (and it makes a lot).

Enrique’s Salsa

4 tomatillos
2 onions (yellow)
1 head of garlic
2 jalapeño peppers
1 bunch of cilantro
8 or 9 cans (how many ounce?) of stewed tomatoes (with cumin)
2 Tablespoons of white pepper
2 Tablespoons of garlic powder

1.  Steam the first four ingredients until slightly soft; chop roughly.
2.  Remove the stems from the cilantro and chop roughly.
3.  In an electric blender, process all of the remaining ingredients until you achieve the consistency you desire (work in batches if you have to — be sure to use pepper and garlic powder in each “batch”).
4.  Combine and stir it all together.
5.  Put in glass jars with tight lids.  Store in the refrigerator (will keep for several weeks).

Source: Enrique of Enrique’s Salon . . . muchas gracias Enrique!

Fun Fact Friday, Number 156!

December 6, 2019

Today’s real facts (courtesy of are all about Egypt/Egyptians.  Did you know that . . .

  • the first sailing boats were built in Egypt?  (Real Fact #177)
  • ancient Egyptians believed the “vein of love” ran from the third finger on the left hand to the heart?  (Real Fact #309)
  • baboons were once trained by Egyptians to wait on tables?  (Real Fact #381)
  • the original Cinderella was Egyptian and wore fur slippers?  (Real Fact #889)
  • Queen Cleopatra of Egypt was not really Egyptian?  (Real Fact #947)
  • when creating a mummy, ancient Egyptians removed the brain by inserting a hook through the nostrils?  (Real Fact #984)
  • ancient Egyptians slept on head rests made of wood, ivory, or stone?  (Real Fact #1319)


Ancient History, Number Sixteen!

December 5, 2019

By “ancient history,” I will be referencing events from December 5th that occurred pre-1492 (i.e., before “Columbus sailed the ocean blue”).  Note: most of these will be from the medieval world (476 AD – 1492 AD) as many earlier events don’t always have specific dates.

  • King Theobold II of Navarre dies.  He is succeeded by his brother, Henry I, Count of Champagne (1270 AD).

Source: Volume 1 of the Chronology of World History: Prehistory — AD 1491: The Ancient and Medieval World.

The Great Deceiver!

December 4, 2019

My best example of a “quack” would be the Persian traveling peddler from the play/movie Oklahoma, Ali Hakim.  He unscrupulously sells our heroine, Laurey, a “magic potion” which he guarantees will reveal her true love.  It is actually laudanum (an opiate) which causes her to fall asleep and have a truly bizarre dream.  As quacky as it gets!


\ kwak \, noun;

  1. the harsh, throaty cry of a duck or any similar sound. 
  2. fraudulent or ignorant pretender to medical skill.
  3. person who pretends, professionally or publicly, to skill, knowledge, or     qualifications he or she does not possess; charlatan.


  1. to utter the cry of a duck or a sound resembling it.
  2. to treat in the manner of a quack.
  3. to advertise or sell with fraudulent claims.



  1. being quack.
  2. presented falsely as having curative powers.
  3. of, relating to, or befitting quack or quackery.

Other words you may consider using (depending on your context/usage, of course):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich. Definitions courtesy of

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius!

December 3, 2019

SagittariusToday, December 3rd, happens to fall in the middle of 9th astrological Zodiac sign, Sagittarius . . .

  • Duration: between November 22nd and December 21st.
  • It spans the 240th to 270th degree longitude.
  • Zodiac symbol: Archer.
  • Constellation: Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac element: Fire.
  • Zodiac quality: Mutable.
  • Sign ruler: Jupiter.
  • Detriment: Mercury.
  • Exaltation: South Node: Chiron (questionable).
  • Fall: North Node: Ceres (questionable).

College Basketball 2020, Week Four!

December 2, 2019

Well, it is early in the season, but the Spartans have already suffered their second loss of the season (to the Virginia Tech Hokies), but followed up this loss with a couple of wins (Georgia and UCLA) for fifth place at the Maui Jim Maui Invitation Tournament.  This week proved to be a challenging week for many ranked teams who suffered losses.  The Big Ten conference has three (3) teams in the AP top-25: Michigan State [#3, but will definitely drop a bit], Maryland [#5] and Ohio State [#10].  Following a couple of big wins against ranked opponents, Michigan may find itself among the ranked this week.

Next up for the Spartans: at home to host the Duke Blue Devils [#1] on Tuesday.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Duke (#1) losing to unranked Stephen F. Austin by two (2) points in overtime.
Michigan State (#3) losing to unranked Virginia Tech by five (5) points.
North Carolina (#6) losing to unranked Michigan.
Gonzaga (#8) losing to unranked Michigan.
Texas Tech (#12) losing to unranked Iowa.
Texas Tech (#12) losing to unranked Creighton in overtime.
Utah State (#15) losing to unranked St. Mary’s.
Tennessee (#17) losing to unranked Florida State by three (3) points.
VCU (#20) losing to unranked Purdue by three (3) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Kansas (#4) defeating unranked Dayton by six (6) points in overtime.
Arizona (#14) defeating unranked Pepperdine by two (2) points.
Memphis (#16) defeating unranked NC State by five (5) points.
Colorado (#21) defeating unranked Clemson by four (4) points.
Florida (#24) defeating unranked Marshall by six (6) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
North Carolina (#6) defeating Oregon (#11) by four (4) points.
Gonzaga (#8) defeating Oregon (#11) by one (1) point.
Oregon (#11) defeating Seton Hall (#13) by two (2) points.
Tennessee (#17) defeating VCU (#20) by three (3) points.