I remember my mother, when she was younger than I am now, saying that she hated to sleep because everybody she dreamed about was dead. I don't have that problem, because I have few fond memories of people in my past; but I am watching all the musical icons I listen to for most of my life, disappear one by one. Dr John has been a staple in the music I appreciate, and now he too is gone. A true son of New Orleans and a blues icon that can never be replaced.
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The Haitian slaves had their own gods but were not allowed to worship them, so they renamed them with the names of Christian Saints, so their masters would think they were practicing Christianity. The old religion is very much alive around New Orleans, and Dr John celebrated it.
I am sure there is going to be one hell of a funeral! Laissez les bon temps rouler Dr John. the Ol'Buzzard
My wife and
I have been making our bread with bread machines for thirty-five years. During that time, we have gone through four
machines. The Breadman Ultra we have
now is ten years old. Dough that is
slightly wet tends to stick to the side of the bread pan and cause the machine
to vibrate and move around on the counter during kneading. I don’t know why I never thought of it
before, but this morning I sprayed some olive oil cooking spray on a paper
towel and wiped the inside of the pan before filling the ingredients. It worked beautifully; the machine ran
through the cycles smoothly.
always remove the dough just before the last knead cycle, take out the paddle
and place the dough back in the bread pan for the last knead, rise and bake
My wife and
I are somewhat reclusive.As such, our
opinions on matters are viewed through our personal prism: our backgrounds, our
experiences and our personal prejudices.
But I must
admit I was shocked, when I ran across an educated man – a medical doctor –
that espouses a belief in intelligent design.
people in the world you would think a medical doctor could see the glaring
deficiency in believing an infallible architect deity would be responsible for
the design of the female body.
the ultimate beauty.Their features,
their movements and their aura are intoxicating.But after that the design falters.
What kind of
an incompetent deity could design the outer structure so perfectly, then screw
up so badly in the infrastructure?You
would have to believe this magical designer started putting the female together,
and then lost interest before the job was completed.
begin in young womanhood: one week out of every month the body has to reboots:
often beginning with weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth, and ending with a
bio-hazardous discharge resulting in abdominal pain, general discomfort and
breast tenderness.Women regularly
suffer from vaginal infections, urinary track infections and uteri infections.Twenty percent of all women will require a
hysterectomy before age forty.Then
there is the physical distortion of pregnancy, the pain, the anxiety, and
actual physical damage from giving birth.As if that is not enough, there is menopause to look forward to: hot
flashes, night sweats, abdominal pain…
bought an automobile that had that many problems, you would return it for a
refund claiming the lemon law.
Though I do
not believe in an infallible creator, I do believe in magic; and women are the
personification of magic.There are
magical secrets passed down through virgin, mother and crone that can beguile
males of the species.The resilience of
women facing physical difficulties as they age, results in matriarchs that are the
strength of the family unit.
adore my wife.To me she is the most
beautiful creature that ever walked this earth; but I feel sorry for her for a physical
design that often results in her pain and discomfort. When I go with her into
doctor’s offices, the waiting rooms are full of women who would attest, that if
their bodies are the result of intelligent design, then the standard for
intelligence must be extremely low.
are outraged by the Republican Party’s move to reverse Roe vs Wade.Ire at the Republican Party is misdirected –
the Party is just the avatar for a base that Republican politicians are anxious
to keep united.Republican politicians
could care less about women’s rights and the abortion issue; as always, their
main concern is keeping their plush jobs; and in this case, it means placating
the Religious Right.
this squarely where it resides.The
roots of anti-abortion reside in the churches.To fundamentalist Christian and the Catholics hierarchy, the outlawing
of abortion in a major step toward their goal of legislating a version of Christian
For years, Fundamentalist have declared the United States a Christian Nation and have
declared God’s laws above man’s laws. With each step of outrage against
homosexuality, gay marriage, abortion…, the Religious Right is trying to consolidate
a move toward a theocratic Christian government.
fourth century the Catholic Church drove Europe into a thousand years of Dark Ages, where science philosophy and enlightenment were crushed by religious
superstition and zealotry.Now a vocal
minority wishes to turn the clock back by systematically integrate religion into
If you are
outraged by the attack on Roe vs Wade you need to boycott religion.Call out religion for the bigotry it is, and
its danger to our democracy.
attend church on Sundays, and are outraged against the reversal of Roe vs Wade,
then you need to reassess your values – for they are conflicted.
I think it
is important that people share experience with consumer products.You get a lot of spin when you do a web
search for products, and it is often difficult to make an informed purchase.
I have posted
about my Total Gym and highly recommend it – provided you make a self-commitment
to use it.I have had mine for a number
of years and use it almost every morning for fifteen minutes.I honestly feel that my physical
conditioning, here in my eighth decade, is due largely to the exercises I do, year-
round, on my Total Gym.The product is
well built and models can be had for around two-hundred dollars.If anyone is interested in the exact routine,
I do on the TG, let me know and I will share.
I do most of the cooking, my wife does most of
the cleaning.Cooking is a creative
experience for me, and I like to eat.I have three Cuisinart products.A pressure cooker that I bought over thirty years ago.It is heavy stainless steal and still serves
me well.I have had to replace the
rubber gasket one time.I do not think
they make this model any more, and doubt if Cuisinart’s current models are as
well built as this old one.
I had a
Walmart thirty-dollar toaster for years and it worked OK. It was a light weight, cheap, colored plastic
model made in China.I complained about
the flimsy workmanship for years, but it toasted toast.When
it gave up the ghost, I broke down an purchased a Cuisinart, about a year
ago.It is supposed to be stainless steel,
but it is very light weight.The toast
tends to come out dark in the center and light around the perimeter.It is made in china and I have a feeling it probably
has the same heating elements that the cheep Walmart brands have.I am not really pleased with this toaster
and will probably replace it with another Walmart toaster sometimes in the
REMINESS:My grandmother had the same toaster my entire
childhood.It was heavy steel; you could
probably drop it from a second story building and not damage it.Back then (1940’s and 50’s) they had appliance
repair men.If your radio, or stove, or
lamp, or refrigerator, or toaster…didn’t
work you would get it repair.I seem to
remember we had new heating elements put in that toaster at some time.
ago, I bought a Cuisinart three-in-one slow cooker.I love it.I can sauté onions, celery and garlic (the trinity) in the slow cooker; then brown my meat with the
trinity; finally add any liquid and vegetables, all in the same unit.However, there is one big negative: The aluminum,
removable pot with the non-stick coating is pitted in the bottom.I have never used anything other than wooden
spoons in the unit and I clean it with a sponge and soapy water, yet it looks
like someone stippled the bottom of the pot.Tiny holes in the non-stick: I
suppose we have eaten it.I am going to
order a new pot and stay with the unit as I do love its convenience – being able
to cook all phases of a slow cooked meal without dirtying other pots and
That's all for now. The weather here in western Maine in mid-May is still cold and damp. The high today will be in the forties and overcast. We have had heavy rains at least two days a week all month - actually we had snow one day last week. I hate to say I am looking forward to warmer weather, which also means bug season, but I have so many outdoor projects waiting for the weather to dry, I feel antsy to get them started.