Archive for October, 2014


October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Here is another delightful poem about manners courtesy of the Goops.  Enjoy!

Don’t interrupt your father when he’s telling funny jokes;
Don’t interrupt your mother when she’s entertaining folks;
Don’t interrupt the visitors when they have come to call,
In fact, it’s generally wiser not to interrupt at all.

Source: Goops and How to Be Them: a Manual of Manners for Polite Infants Inculcating Many Juvenile Virtues Both by Precept and Example by Gelett Burgess.

The Ninevite, Part Two!

October 30, 2014

Here is the conclusion of this wonderful poem . . .

Her silly parents were amazed,
An d in their hearts her conduct praised;
They saw she minded what they said,
Nor feared she now could be betrayed;
And therefore begged that she would go
To every ball and every show.

Her parents she in this obeyed,
But yet the idiot was afraid,
And  never could be brought to dance,
Lest she should meet with some mischance;
But to her cousin Tom declared,
“Her love to honor and it’s guard;
“That, when she sat on’t, she was sure
“Her dear loved honor was secure,
“But if she danced, or jumped about,
“She feared her honor might dropout.”
The lewd young dog, overjoyed at this,
To Sally said, “My pretty Miss,
“What you, my dear, have said, is true,
“But I will tell you what I’ll do;
“Go with me, till those people sup,
“So close I’ll stitch your honor up,
“That without other guard you may
“Be free from fear by night or day.”

See how a fool may be deceived,
The changeling the young rake believed;
And, stealing out, asked of the spark,
“If he could stitch her in the dark.”

“Yes, yes,” said Tom, — But Sally said,
” ‘T’will hurt my honor I’m afraid.”
“The first stitch only,” said the rake,
“Perhaps may make your honor ache.”

Tom stitched and stitched, long as he could,
And swore his workmanship was good;
But when he meant to go away,
Wise Sally cried “Dear Tommy, stay.
“You have not stitched ma half, I fear,
“Feel, Tommy, what a gash is here!”

Tom sighing, said, “That’s true indeed,
“But now I am run out of thread;”

And going off, the fair one cries,
“Dear Tommy, you are telling lies,
“And only make a false excuse,
“You still have left two swinging clews!”:

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 a 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.).

The Ninevite, Part One!

October 29, 2014

Here is the next installment of poetry generally attributed to Thomas, the sixth Earl of Harrington (circa 1730).

The Ninevite
Whoever believes that want of sense,
Can be to virtue a defence,
And keep a maid from doing ill,
May, if he pleases, think so still.
For me, of two things I am sure,
That honor cannot be secure;
And virtue may be soon ensnared,
When folly is its only guard.

To prove the truth of what I’ve said,
In Durham lived a charming maid,
A prebend’s daughter, young and fair,
Her father’s darling, mother’s care;
Never was a finer figure seen,
But, ah! she was a mere machine,
From wit, from sense, from knowledge free,
She wondered one and two made three..
Yet both her eyes threw darts around,
And Sally many lovers found.

Achilles’ spear, the poets say,
Could wound, and pains of wounds allay;
So Sally’s tongue brought quick relief,
To those who suffered amorous grief.

Her parents, conscious how she charmed,
With constant fears the fair alarmed;
And begged their daughter to beware
Of men, who would her heart ensnare;
That she would her dear honor mind,
And keep at distance from mankind,
Who still would make attempts upon her,
And strive to rob her of her honor.

But such was Sally’s ignorance,
That it was only by a chance,
(As with a girl she talked one day).
She learned the place where honor lay;
Till then it was to her a riddle,
If ’twas in head, in feet or middle;
But now she knew its situation,
She showed her virtue and discretion;
And to secure it, night and day,
Upon her honor sat or lay;
On this position she relied,
And honor’s enemies defied;
Asleep or waking, ’twas the same,
and when into a room she came,
Still mindful of the main affair,
Secured her honor on a chair.

Tom be continued tomorrow . . .

Let’s Be Diplomatic!

October 28, 2014

Diplomacy has been defined as “the art of dealing with people in a sensitive and effective way.”  However, according to my copy of The Cynic’s Dictionary, there are a few other definitions (for diplomacy as well as diplomat) that are sure to bring a smile to your face.

“The patriotic art of lying for one’s country.”  (Ambrose Bierce)

“The art of saying ‘Nice doggie’ till you can find a rock.”  (Wynn Catlin)

“The art of letting someone else have your way.”  (David Frost)

“To do and say the nastiest thing in the nicest way.”  (Isaac Goldberg)

“The art of jumping into troubled waters without making a splash.”  (Art Linkletter)

“A man who always remembers a woman’s birthday, but never her age.”  (Robert Frost)

“A person who thinks twice before saying nothing.”  (Fred Sawyer)

“A fellow that lets you do all the talking while he gets what he wants.”  (Kin Hubbard)

“Someone who tells you to go to hell in a such a way that you think you’d enjoy the trip.”  (Caskie Stinnet)

Halloween is Just Around the Corner!

October 27, 2014

Happy Monday!  Here’s a really neat decoration idea for Halloween, but you may have wanted to start this project much sooner than now . . . creating this origami pumpkin looks very time-consuming and involved.  But if you find you are bored this week and have nothing else to do, good luck and have fun!  Below this first is a second video on how to create the “base” (or pieces).



College Football 2014, Week Nine!

October 26, 2014

127The Michigan State Spartans hosted the Wolverines from the University of Michigan this week.  The Spartans never trailed, controlled the game, and won easily.  There was only one upset this week (but it did knock off another undefeated team) and just a few “close calls” in the top-25.  There are now only three unbeaten teams remaining in Division I  college football (Mississippi State, Florida State, and Marshall).  And while the Big Ten continues to have three teams ranked in the AP top-25 poll: Michigan State (#8), Ohio State (#13), and Nebraska (#16), the SEC has four teams in the top 5, five in the top 10 (really?!!).  We’ll have to see how the rankings shake up later today.  Next up for the Spartans, another home game against the Buckeyes of Ohio State in two weeks.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Ole Miss (#3) losing to LSU (#24) by only three (3) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Auburn (#5) defeating unranked South Carolina by only seven (7) points.
Ohio State (#13) defeating unranked Penn State by only seven (7) points in double overtime.
Utah (#19) defeating USC (#20) by only three (3) points.
UCLA (#25) defeating unranked Colorado by only three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
USC (#20) losing to Utah (#19) by only three (3) points.

Trivia in the Kitchen, Number Twelve!

October 25, 2014

ice cream coneI scream, you scream, we all scream for . . . ice cream!   Did you know that the ice cream cone made its American debut at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri?   And, while no one knows for sure who first invented the first edible cone, they were mentioned in French cooking books as early as 1825.   If you are truly interested in more of the history behind the ice cream cone, check out this link to The History of Ice Cream Cones (courtesy of Linda Stradley, from the web site What’s Cooking America).

If you had an idea for a new treat, how and where would you introduce your creation?

Friendly Cities!

October 24, 2014

Did you city make the top ten?  This month, Men’s Health magazine surveyed and ranked America’s cities for “friendliness”  based upon the following methodology: amount of park space (the Trust for Public Land), participation in team sports (SimplyMap), neighborhood activity (Volunteering and Civic Life in America), and facebook usage (Chitika).  Oklahoma City showed up on the list at #43 (Tulsa did not make the top fifty).  Here are the top ten friendliest cities in America . . .

1.  Minneapolis, MN
2. Austin, TX
3.  San Diego, CA
4.  St. Paul, MN
5.  Milwaukee, WI
6.  Kansas City, MO
7.  New Orleans, LA
8.  Washington, DC
9.  Boston, MA
10.  Columbus, OH

Here’s a link to the full list.

Source: Men’s Health magazine, Metrogrades (October 2014)



An Ancient Stroll!

October 23, 2014

Here’s an archaic word (from the Greek and Latin) that is not used much these days.  I don’t understand why either.  Who wouldn’t want to go for a walk in a xyst?  This would also be a great word to keep in mind for the next time you play scrabble (it’s just a thought).


\zist\, noun;

1.  (in ancient Greek and Roman architecture) covered portico, as a promenade.
2.  (in an ancient Roman villa) a garden walk planted with trees.


October 22, 2014

This is the name of a blog that I recently discovered as a result of the book I’m currently reading (A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg).

This is one of the books selected for the “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” program (sponsored by the Oklahoma Humanities Council) that our institution is participating in this fall.   I am having a delightful time reading through this book and drooling over the many recipes that Molly includes . . . Molly started her  blog back in 2004 and even has an index to all of her recipes which I am bookmarking for future reference.

Getting back to the blog, the officially translated definition of orangette (from the French) is:  bitter orange ; strip of orange and chocolate.   I will be visiting this site on a regular basis and if you are a food lover, I would highly recommend this site as well.  Bon appetit!