Hallelujah!

June 12, 2017

Happy Monday!  Hmm, in hindsight I probably should have posted this one yesterday, but alas, it will just have to serve as a beginning of the motivation.  This is a wonderful version of “Hallelujah” by Rhema Marvanne.  Enjoy!

Drinkin’ With the Guys!

June 11, 2017

Some weekend humor for you (courtesy of laffgaff.com).  Enjoy!

Bob left work one Friday evening.

But it was payday, so instead of going home, he stayed out the entire weekend partying with his friends and spending his entire paycheck.

When he finally appeared at home on Sunday night, he was confronted by his angry wife and was barraged for nearly two hours with a tirade befitting his actions. Finally his wife stopped the nagging and said to him, “How would you like it if you didn’t see me for two or three days?”

He replied, “That would be fine with me.”

Monday went by and he didn’t see his wife.

Tuesday and Wednesday came and went with the same results.

But on Thursday, the swelling went down just enough where he could see her a little out of the corner of his left eye.

Civilization!

June 10, 2017

Yes, it is the twenty-first century and we certainly have all the trappings of being a civilized society:

  • marked by well-organized laws and rules about how people behave with each other
  • polite, reasonable, and respectful
  • pleasant and comfortable
  • showing concern for what is correct according to social rules

But are we really?  Violence continues to lead the headlines, our prisons are overflowing, and moral corruptness is exemplified on a daily basis.  Despite all of these counter indications, I truly believe that we are still managing to maintain some semblance of civility as a society.

That being said, here are some of my favorite quotations about “civilization.”

“A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.”  (Ariel Durant)

“Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary  necessities.”  (Mark Twain)

“America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.”  (Oscar Wilde)

“Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty and dies with chaos.”  (Will Durant)

Fun Fact Friday, Number Twenty-Seven!

June 9, 2017

Today’s fact is under the category of astronomy.  Do you know which planet in our solar system has the highest mean surface temperature?

If you guessed “Mercury” (based solely on the fact that it is the planet closest to our sun), you would have guessed incorrectly.  The planet with the highest mean surface temperature is actually Venus, whose gases (mostly carbon dioxide) actually trap the heat making its surface hotter than Mercury.  Who knew?

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

 

Piano Concerto in A Minor!

June 8, 2017

This concerto is one of Robert Schumann’s greatest orchestral works, and what better way to celebrate Robert Schumann’s birthday than with this magnificent piano concerto?  Enjoy!  But first, some interesting facts: did you know that  . . .

  • Schumann failed as a pianist (and devoted most of his energy toward composition)?
  • Schumann was a poet as well as a composer?
  • Schumann was not a talker?
  • Schumann spent the last two years of his short life (died at the age of 46) in a mental asylum?
  • being a father was important to Schumann? (And he was a really good one.)

Enjoy!

The Original White Meat!

June 7, 2017

Yes, chicken!  And whenever I run across a recipe that is super simple, I just can’t resist.  Here’s a recipe that will only take you thirty (30) minutes to prepare but will taste like you slaved in the kitchen for hours!

Chicken Parmesan in a Garlic Mushroom Cream Sauce

Ingredients
4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
Salt and pepper
8 ounces of sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup of butter
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon of flour
1/2 cup of chicken broth
1 cup of heavy cream
1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of spinach, chopped

Directions
1.  Season your chicken on both sides (salt and pepper).  In a large skillet, add the olive oil and cook the chicken on medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes on each side or until browned/cooked to where there is no longer any pink in the center.  Remove the chicken and set aside.  Add the sliced mushrooms to the skillet and cook for a few minutes until they are tender.  Remove them and set aside.

2.  For the sauce, add the butter to you skillet and melt.  Throw in the minced garlic and cook until it is tender (a minute or so).  Add the flour and whisk until it is incorporated and slightly thick.  Whisk in the chicken broth, heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.  Add the spinach and let it simmer until the sauce thickens and the spinach wilts.  Add the chicken and the mushrooms back into your sauce (to coat).  Serve on either a bed of rice, or over the pasta of your choice.

Yum!

Just a Bit Wordy!

June 6, 2017

Some people just have the gift of gab.  They can talk incessantly and usually use way too many words to get their point across.  And while “wordy” is a very descriptive and easily understood word, you can certainly use other words to get the point across (see below).

wordy

\ wur-dee \, adjective;

1. characterized by or given to the use of many, or too many, words; verbose
2. pertaining to or consisting of words; verbal.

But according to my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate, here are some options (some better than others) 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

Creative Bookmarks!

June 5, 2017

Happy Monday!  Have you been looking for a fun project to create something really useful?  Try these origami bookmarks designs (one can never have enough bookmarks, right?).  Of course, you don’t have to create these “cute” designs if you just want to make a plain colored one — perfectly functional without the “cuteness” — but for a project with the kiddos, you may just want to give it a try.  Don’t like either of these designs?  Feel free to search for “origami bookmark” on youtube.com for other creative ideas.  Enjoy!  And, happy folding!

For even more ideas, check out this site.

How Great Indeed!

June 4, 2017

I really enjoy a capella singing, and there are a handful of songs that I never tire of hearing.  “How Great Thou Art” is one of those songs.  Here is a version by the group Home Free.  Enjoy!

Necktie of the Month – June 2017!

June 3, 2017

IMG_1194This month’s necktie is a fun one that can be paired with a variety of my colored shirts.  The “marbled” effect of this tie is what immediately catches your attention.  It looks particularly good with my brown shirt, but any of my “earth-toned” shirts will do just fine (beige, yellow, green, orange, peach, gray, and gold.  The hint of maroon would “tie in” (no pun intended) well with a shirt of this color as well.  The obviously prefereable presentation would be to highlight the contrast by pairing this one with a darker-colored shirt to allow for it to “stand out” a bit more and not get washed out or lost in the lighter colored shirts (IMHO).