Here’s an interesting infographic that I ran across this week . . .
Archive for May, 2013
Here are a few of my musings on change. While change is the topic of many a political campaign (out with the old, in with the new), change is also one of the very few true constants in life. In reality, change is all around us during every moment of every day. I had always thought that what really matters is how we react or respond to these changes (embrace or resist). Then I ran across this first quotation (attributed to Lisa Wilson) which has caused me to reevaluate my stance on change. What do you think? The second quotation which crossed my radar this week just seemed appropriate, so I included it as well.
“I am not here to change the world. I am changing the world because I am here.” — Lisa Wilson
“Some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.” — Gilda Radner
- 2 medium zucchini (1 pound), cut into ¼-inch thick rounds
- 1½ cups of your favorite sauce, for dipping (marinara, ranch, etc.)
- ⅓ cup prepared Italian salad dressing
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Pinch pepper
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ cup (3/4 ounce) grated Parmesan
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a large baking sheet with a light coating of cooking spray or line with parchment paper and lightly coat with cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the salad dressing, egg and garlic. In a second shallow bowl stir together bread crumbs and remaining ingredients.
- Toss the zucchini in the egg mixture and dip each round into the bread crumb mixture, coating both sides evenly, and place in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake the zucchini for approximately 20-25 minutes or until browned and crisp. Remove with spatula and serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.
I have always enjoyed dancing, but not to the extent that I would take formal lessons or anything . . . at least not yet. Perhaps someday. And while I have dabbled a bit with an occasional line dance from time to time, I think it would be a lot more fun to take ballroom dancing lessons (but only if I had a partner to practice and/or dance with on a regular basis). I did enjoy a few years of German folk dancing through the German-American Society of Tulsa, but there came the time where I had to choose between running (during my training for marathons phase) or continuing to folk dance (my legs and knees couldn’t handle both) and I opted for the longer-term health benefit of my running. However, now that I have cut back on the mileage of my running, perhaps I could reinsert some more folk dancing, or, find a partner and finally get around to doing some formal ballroom dancing ( a la Strictly Ballroom — what a movie!).
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1. Pertaining to dancing.
1. A dancer.
Below is a breakdown of all the U.S. war casualties from the Civil War (the original reason behind Memorial Day being established) to the present. Very sobering.
U.S. War Casualties:
Civil War – Approximately 620,000 Americans died. The Union lost almost 365,000 troops and the Confederacy about 260,000. More than half these deaths were caused by disease.
World War I – 116,516 Americans died, more than half from disease.
World War II – 405,399 Americans died.
Korean War – 36,574 Americans died.
Vietnam Conflict – 58,220 Americans died. More than 47,000 Americans were killed in action and nearly 11,000 died of other causes.
Operation Iraqi Freedom – 4,466 U.S. service members have died.
Operation New Dawn – 66 U.S. service members have died.
Operation Enduring Freedom – 2,219 U.S. service members have died as of May 21, 2013.
How about a little Bacon today? Ernst Bacon, that is, the American composer, pianist, and conductor. He composed more than 250 songs over the course of his career. Bacon was also the recipient of numerous awards including the Bispham Award, commissions from the Ditson Fund and the League of Composers, a Pulitzer Traveling Scholarship in Music, three Guggenheim Fellowships, and grants from the National Institute of Arts and Letters; the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers; and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Happy Birthday Ernst! Here is one of his piano solos “Canon de Chelly” (the artwork is not too bad either).
No, not really. But there was a life-size cutout of Queen Elizabeth across from our table at the White Lion Pub (an authentic British Pub in Tulsa). And, as I was perusing the menu, there were all of these delightful United Kingdom “short facts” — perfect content for a blog post (in my humble opinion). So, here you go!
- Land area is about 35% larger than Oklahoma.
- United Kingdom was established on January 1, 1801 (England has existed as a unified entity since the 10th century).
- the union between England and Wales, begun in 1284 with the Statute of Rhuddlan, was not formalized until 1536 with the Act of Union.
- another Act of Union in 1707 resulted in the joining of England and Scotland as Great Britain.
- the legislative union of Great Britain and Ireland was implemented in 1801, with the adoption of the name United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
- the Anglo-Irish treaty of 1921 formalized a partition of Ireland; six northern Irish counties remained part of the United Kingdom as Northern Ireland and the current name of the country, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, was adopted in 1927.
- Chief of State: Queen Elizabeth II, since February 6, 1952. She was born in 1926. Her birthday is celebrated on the second Saturday in June.
- Prime Minister: David Cameron, since May 11, 2010.
- Highest point is Ben Nevis, Scotland at 1,343 meters (4,406 feet).
- Population is 62,200,000, about 1/5 the population of the United States.
- Ethnic groups: English (81.5%), Scottish (9.6%), Irish (2.4%), Welsh (1.9%), Ulster (1.8%), West Indian, Indian, Pakistani, and others (2.8%).
- Principal cities: London (7,000,000), Birmingham (1,025,000), Leeds (725,000), Glasgow (675,000), Sheffield (525,000).
- Constitution is unwritten. It consists partly of statutes, partly of common law and practice.
There was a good article in this month’s issue of Police: the Law Enforcement Magazine by Amaury Murgado. Here is a list of 15 essential items that just might make your life on patrol a little bit easier. And to quote Mr. Murgado, “It’s not my list that’s important, nor is it important that you agree with my list . . . In the end, the real question that needs answering is, What can you carry that will make your life easier out in the field” So, take a look at this list. How would your list compare? To read the entire article, check out http://www.policemag.com/list/tag/best-practices (you may have to wait a bit — the archive does not yet have the March, April, or May articles).
2. Box of cheap pens.
3. Leather work gloves.
4. Crime scene tape.
5. Spray Paint.
7. Cayenne pepper.
10. Weapons cleaning kit.
12. Bolt cutters.
13. Letter opener.
15. Spare books and socks.
Source: Police: the Law Enforcement Magazine, May 2013
I consider myself fortunate when it comes to my health and lifestyle, I’ve been blessed for sure. And, while my exercise has diminished a bit over the last few years, I’m still attempting to maintain a healthy weight, eat properly, and get sufficient exercise more often than not. This month, Men’s Health magazine ranked the major cities as the “best” and “worst” places for exercise. For a state that has an obesity rate of 31.1 percent (Oklahoma), it doesn’t surprise me that Tulsa ranked at #81 on this list (Oklahoma City fared a bit better at #57). Here’s a list of the best and worst places for exercise (the top ten and the bottom ten).
1. Portland, OR
2. Boise, ID
3. Salt Lake City, UT
4. Minneapolis, MN
5. St. Paul, MN
6. Denver, CO
7. Seattle, WA
8. Madison, WI
9. Oakland, CA
10. Aurora, CO
91. Little Rock, AR
92. Corpus Christi, TX
93. New Orleans, LA
94. Memphis, TN
95. Lexington, KY
96. Birmingham, AL
97. Columbia, SC
98. Nashville, TN
99. Charleston, WV
100. Jackson, MS
Source: Men’s Health magazine (http://www.menshealth.com/best-life/cities-exercise).
I am certainly not talking about myself here. I am neither an ailurophile (lover of cats) nor a canophilist (lover of dogs). And, while I would never own a pet of my own, I don’t begrudge others theirs and have even learned to mildly tolerate my friends’ pets. For those of you who have pets, here is a rundown of the percentage of U.S. households that owned pets (in 2011) courtesy of the May issue of the AARP Bulletin. I’m only going to list the top five and the bottom five states. Oklahoma (58.9%) finished ahead of thirty states. Interestingly enough, there was only one
Highest percentage of pet households:
1. Vermont (70.8%)
2. New Mexico (67.6%)
3. South Dakota (65.6%)
4. Oregon (63.6%)
5. Maine (62.9%)
Lowest percentage of pet households:
47. Utah (51.2%)
48. New Jersey (50.7%)
49. New York (50.6%)
50. Massachusetts (50.4%)
51. District of Columbia (21.9%)
Note: no data was provided for Alaska or Hawaii and the District of Columbia was the only one below the 50% mark!
Source: American Veterinary Medical Association.