Monthly Archives: September 2016

Long-Gone and Ago

 

Long-Gone and Ago (Randyjw; September 29, 2016)

 

Not the heights of the cliffs

Nor the views from above

Not by summer’s eclipse

In the depths of your love

 

Not by lightness of rain

Nor by sweetness of moss

Can one, once again,

find the joy in its loss

 

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Tidal Wave

 

Tidal Wave (Randyjw; September 29, 2016)

 

The silence of sand dunes

Ruminating on the rhythmic ebb and flow

of the gentle waves

carrying you home

To where will you go?

The starfish masters the salt flat

by the runes of fading glow

Once shoring by the highlands

Cliffs by marshes down below

Peering in its eddies

We find peace amongst the pools

Memories of ones homeland

Drowned in currents long ago

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On: Writing

 

On: Writing (Randyjw; September 29, 2016)

 

 

An escapist’s paradise,

perfectly mine

Unmatched realities

Dreams of the mind

 

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Blogger Recognition Award

 

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Blogger Recognition Award (Randyjw; September 29, 2016)

 

 

I’m honored to receive the Blogger Recognition Award from Cecilia, at The Static Food Bin. Contrary to the name of her blog, Cecilia is a dynamic woman, propelling herself, and others, toward success through a sense of steadfast motivation and energy to achieve ever more. I’m particular to the way she spends much time with her brother — family should always be a priority, and never taken for granted. Thank you, Cecilia, for being a caring, kind, and thoughtful person on the planet Earth, and also for your nomination.

 

You can view her website at this link, here:

https://thestaticfoodbin.wordpress.com/

 

And now, with an award, comes some rules. And these are:

 

1. Write a post to show your award

2. Give a brief story of how your blog started

3. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers

4. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog

5. Select a few other blogs you want to give the award

 

A1. I have created new artwork corresponding with the awards I’ve been given, or altered pre-existing artwork from the blogosphere; I’ll try to create something new for this one, as well. I’m running low on print space for my photos, so I hope I can add it. That’s how Cecilia and I connected, in the first place — so, it’s only fitting!

 

A2. My blog began because I could no longer resist the urge to be published. It has inspired me to keep creating, and has been an enjoyed commitment to continue expanding into the creative environment.

 

A3. Some advice for new bloggers would be to observe, without comment, the community and social etiquette norms within it. I’d also advise to be kind and try to help lift one another up. Why not help to promote others’ work, such as with these awards? Isn’t that what many wish for ourselves?

 

A4. Thank you, Cecilia! See her link, above.

 

A5. My nominees, in turn, are:

 

https://iaccidentlyatethewholething.com/

https://laliterati.com/

https://scintillatingmemoirs.wordpress.com/

https://mioshotfood.com/

https://liveeatcreate.com/

https://antrestain.com/

https://eyespluswords.com/

David Snape & Friends – A place to be inspired and show off your skills

https://rishikinger.wordpress.com/

https://cookingwithoutlimits.wordpress.com/

 

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Dove of Peace

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Dove of Peace (Randyjw; September 28, 2016)

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Randy’s Recipes: Meals of the Mediterranean: Pasta Sauce and Tabouleh

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Randy’s Recipes: Meals of the Mediterranean: Pasta Sauce and Tabouleh (Randyjw; September 27, 2016)

 

These two recipes share the same ingredients, amplified in the tabouleh, yet taste very different.

 

My cupboards were bare, so I combined running my various errands with a major shopping spree to buy all healthful items. I did rather well, with that mission, although I spent a minor fortune, and I forgot that the market in that area was a small, somewhat-limited one, in scope, so I was not able to purchase everything fresh, so I’ll write the recipes for fully-fresh, as well as including the pre-packaged items I used.

 

For so much effort, one may as well prepare everything with fresh, whole ingredients, but it also shows how we can begin to enhance our heat-and-eat home preparations towards something tastier and, likely, more healthful for us.

 

So, here are two dishes you can prepare, which will stretch far, and which will be ready to eat when your time is more pressing. Both are the fare one thinks of when dining in the Middle East and Mediterranean: Pasta Sauce and Tabouleh. I’ll give the recipe for tabouleh first (which is how my prep went; the pasta sauce was a last-minute quirk I came up with).

 

Randy’s Recipes: Tabouleh (Randyjw; September 27, 2016)

 

This is basically a Greek-influencd tabouleh, jazzing up a simple tabouleh with the addition of Greek-style elements, such as cucumbers and feta cheese. The recipe is basically the same, and not many twists are to be found; but, nevertheless, even exact recipes can taste quite different in the end product, dependent on a chef’s techniques and tools, etc.

 

So, this is my own recipe, at present, possibly to fluctuate, with its adjustments and additions, but it is similar (but, of course different) to that recipe which is found on the box of Near East brand tabouleh, whose company makes many great products, which I use. I didn’t really measure out my ingredients, and so, as usual, I’m recreating, by my guess, an approximately hopeful likeness.

 

This makes approximately 5 quarts (four, when the ingredients have had time to marinate, meld and wilt down, a bit).

 

Ingredients:

2 supermarket bunches of fresh parsley, chopped fine (set aside a small portion, if also making pasta sauce; see below)

Handful fresh basil leaves, chopped fine (set aside a small portion, if also making pasta sauce; see below)

Handful spearmint leaves, chopped fine (set aside a small portion, if also making pasta sauce; see below)

3 or 4 tomatoes, salted and diced fine (cut an additional 4 or 5 tomatoes, or so, if also making pasta sauce; see below)

2 cucumbers, finely diced

Tiny bottle, extra virgin olive oil (minus two or three tablespoonfuls set aside, if also making pasta sauce; see below)

Bulgur wheat (if using boxed brand, like Near East brand, then use two boxes with its included seasoning packets) (here, I used the boxed version)

Onion; Any color; use vertical wedge cut from one large onion, sliced into thin, smallish slivers (set aside an additional small handful, if making pasta sauce; see below)

Dill; fresh, chopped fine; or, dried: about 1/8th teaspoon, or one smallish pinch

Pepper, to taste

Juice from 1/2-to-1 lemon, to taste

8 oz. (set aside 1 or 2 tablespoonfuls, if making pasta sauce; see below) feta cheese, crumbled

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Combine all ingredients, then sort into lidded quart containers. Shake to blend. Keep refrigerated. Enjoy.

6.8 Yums Up

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Randy’s Recipes: Pasta Sauce (Randyjw; September 27, 2016)

 

Ingredients:

Approx. 2 or 3 tablespoonfuls Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Garlic; 1 or 2 cloves, smashed; or about 3/4-teaspoon dried, to taste

4 or 5 large tomatoes; diced fine and salted (adjust quantity to suit your needs); or, 1 large can Hunt’s tomato sauce

Onion; White or Yellow best; wedge cut from large onion, sliced into thin, smallish slivers

Hand-pinch fresh parsley, chopped fine

Hand-pinch fresh basil, chopped fine

A few leaves fresh spearmint, chopped fine

Pasta; approx. 16 oz., your choice (in this serving suggestion, I used bowties)

Pepper, to taste

Parmesan Cheese, Shaved/Sprinkled (serving suggestion, for topping)

Feta Cheese, crumbled (serving suggestion, for topping. This was excellent! I put it on after sprinkling parmesan on top, apres-photo)

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In a large pot, boil water for your pasta. Add a small shake of salt, if desired, to taste. Add your pasta; stir, bringing to slow boil.

Remove leaves from plants, and stems from herbs; wash and set aside.

Pour oil into skillet.

Add garlic, and begin heating, to blend.

On a cutting board, chop your tomatoes, and salt them as you would, if eating plain. Pour off the running tomato juices into the pan, and let blend. Heat for a short bit.

Add your tomatoes, or tomato sauce, and let cook until bubbling for a short bit.

Add your slivered onion.

Sprinkle in herbs and let heat through.

Drain and plate your pasta.

Ladle sauce over top.

If using parmesan, feta, or other cheeses, sprinkle on top.

Enjoy!

7 Yums Up

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Israeli 5 in Top World Restaurants

 

The October, 2016 release of Condé Nast Traveler lists Israeli restaurants among the world’s top designations for food connoisseurs and others of discerning palate.

 

Five restaurants, chosen in varying locale, place Israel in a place of prominence among those listed for the honor this year. Pilar Guzmán, editor-in-chief of the eponymous magazine, has chosen 207 restaurants declared worthiest to earn the designation of “World’s Best Restaurant”, featured as the cover story, in her guide, “Where in the World to Eat”.

 

The Israeli restaurants named, in alphabetical order, are:

 

Elbabor – Umm el Fahm

Machneyuda – Jerusalem

Muscat Restaurant – Rosh Pina

Studio Arcadia – Jerusalem

Tzfon Abraxas – Tel Aviv-Yafo

 

The solemn sound of the ram’s horn, the shofar, will be heard next month in October. If you have never heard this soul-searing sound, I encourage you to get close to Divinity and to do so, in Israel.

 

At least it’s reason enough to come for the food.

 

Ghermezian, Shiryn. “Prestigious US Travel Magazine Includes Israeli Eateries on List of World’s Top Restaurants”. Algemeiner.com; September 21, 2016:

https://www.algemeiner.com/2016/09/21/prestigious-us-travel-magazine-includes-israeli-eateries-on-list-of-worlds-top-restaurants/

 

Condé Nast Traveler:

http://www.cntraveler.com/

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Figment

 

Figment (Randyjw; September 20, 2016)

 

Perhaps only in dreams,

where windswept currents sweep the traces

mottled in neuronic synergy

 

the nimbulus, bound to no-one,

leaps the stiltifying synapse of jargon,

dammed by pools of cumulus detritus

 

And releases herself through stippled expanse

on blue hues born of prismatic souls

as emanation of the erected state

born so many years ago

 

For what purpose,

these riven words wending dappled

by rivers of weeping

 

In what carnation,

the figment retains

veracity beyond the confines of imagination.

 

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The Passerby

 

The Passerby (Randyjw; September 18, 2016)

 

How frustrating to be ineffectual,

a total failure

When what you say

Never seems to matter

 

Passed right on by

without a glance

With blinders high

No looks askance

 

A corporeal body

Yet presence invisible

Contempt of the haughty

pathetic and physical

 

Weakening voices

formerly loud

degraded through choices

judged cogently cowed

 

Seen through humble eyes

sufficient and wise

through pleas and through plies

and through stylized lies

 

It’s cold as you pass

the wind picking up speed

Leaves the sight at your back

to one sorely in need

 

Kind words, a warm bed

some clean clothes, a hunger sated

Would charity of this heart be led

Were it so vastly under-rated?

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Bonny-built Boat

 

Bonny-built Boat (Randyjw; September 17, 2016)

 

Together we’ll sit

side-by-side,

work our way

against this tide.

 

Stroke in tandem

with our oars,

Row unrandom

paths to shore.

 

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Randy’s Recipes (Mom’s): JM Blueberry Muffins

 

Randy’s Recipes (Mom’s): JM Blueberry Muffins (Randyjw; September 17, 2016)

 

1 box/pint fresh blueberries

1/4-lb. margarine (or butter)

1-1/4 cup sugar, plus extra for dusting

2 eggs

1/2-cup milk

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

Cinnamon, for dusting

 

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Preheat oven to 375°F.

Grease a muffin tin, including the top. If using muffin liners, place one or two into each cup.

Wash 1 box/pint fresh blueberries. Pat dry and lightly dust with flour to help suspend the blueberries in the batter.

Measure out 1/2-cup of blueberries and divide among the cups, placing them at the bottom of each cup or liner.

In a large bowl, cream together margarine and sugar.

Add eggs, one at a time.

Add alternately milk, flour, baking powder and salt.

If a more dispersed blueberry batter is desired, mash some of the blueberries and fold it into the batter. Carefully fold-in rest of whole blueberries.

Place batter into each cup or liner, filling each to the top.

Sprinkle each top with cinnamon and sugar.

Bake for 25-30 minutes at 375°F.

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Love

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On: Food and Forgiveness

 

On: Food and Forgiveness (Randyjw; September 16, 2016)

 

 

On: Food and Forgiveness

 

Like people, some recipes are forgiving; others are not.

 

 

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Randy’s Recipes: Apricots and Coconut Creme

 

Randy’s Recipes: Apricots and Coconut Creme (Randyjw; September 15, 2016)

 

Delish in your dish!

Figure about 1 can per person.

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1 can apricot halves, in syrup

Coconut creme/cream: cold or toasted

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Sprinkle cold, or toasted, (or both) coconut creme (more consolidated than shredded flakes) (may need to scrape from bar, if very dried) on canned apricot halves, and Enjoy!

6 Yums Up

 

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Randy’s Recipes: Four Seas Coffee

 

Randy’s Recipes: Four Seas Coffee (Randyjw; September 15, 2016)

 

If you’re looking for a way to get your coffee kick in the morning, without the unneeded sugar and dairy additions that normally compile the usual selections, just make yourself a cup of this interesting exotica, and you’ll find you might not even miss it — and, in fact, prefer it!

 

The Four Seas Coffee tastes like a Mediterranean island escape, but can be made in a jiffy. For a quick fix, use instant; for the longer-haul, brew a nice French, Turkish, or Javan Sumatran Highlands 😉 roast. Shut your eyes, inhale deeply, and sip.

 

Four Seas stands for “Four ‘C’s'”:

Coffee – Instant or Brewed; your preference

Cinnamon – 2 or 3 dashes

Cardamom – dash or two

Cup – One, Two, Three…

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Brew your coffee, or Boil your water and add instant coffee. Pour into a nice, tall mug and add a couple dashes cinnamon, and a dash or two of cardamom. Stir. Enjoy!

6.8 Yums Up

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Randy’s Recipes: Cardamom Club BLD

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Unassembled Cardamom Club BLD with Havarti Cheese, Alfalfa Sprouts, Tomato (Veggie Option #1)

 

Randy’s Recipes: Cardamom Club BLD (Randyjw; September 15, 2016)

 

The BLD stands for the fact that this is a “Buildable Recipe”. There is a base recipe from which it can branch into other possible configurations, and also that it could be a Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner recipe.

 

Base:

English Muffin, split and toasted (best choice; but, substitute, as you prefer)

Cardamom, sprinkled on top of toasted muffin half

 

 

To the above base, layer on, to preference, in the preceeding order, the following (optional):

 

 

Lunch Options:

Cheese:

Cold: Sliced Havarti or Camembert

Hot: Melted Gruyère or Swiss

Veggie Option #1: Alfalfa Sprouts, Tomato

Veggie Option #2: Sliced Shiitake or Portobello Mushrooms, with a splash of Soy Sauce

Meats: Delicatessen Selections, such as Sliced, Roasted Turkey, etc.

 

 

Dinner Options:

Braised or Roasted Fowl, such as Cornish Game Hen or Capon, torn off bone

Venison with Berry or Port Wine Glacè

Sliced Brisket

7.8 Yums Up

 

 

 

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My Life, In a Gump-Shell

 

In the act of coining words, concepts and processes, I’ve decided to name the whole genre attributable to what I’ve made-up as “Randyisms”.

 

The movie, Forrest Gump, has that underlying concept as a storyline, as well, propelling the movie forward via the story of the protagonist’s lifetime, and of his having inspired just about every conceivable notable concept and product of his times: the American sense of innocence of the 1950’s (redolent throughout, as this is the backdrop of Forrest Gump’s “coming up” or “coming of age” years, in which the times leave an indelible imprint on its generation); the Vietnam War era (“For VA purposes, in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations Chapter 38 Paragraph 3.2 (f), the Vietnam Era is ‘The period beginning on February 28, 1961 and ending on May 7, 1975, inclusive, in the case of a veteran who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period. The period beginning on August 5, 1964 and ended on May 7, 1975 inclusive, in all other cases.'” – Wikipedia.org; (update) accessed January 10, 2017: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_Era) the backlash against it; the “smiley-face” design of the 1960’s; the running craze of the ’70’s; and more.

 

There is much about this movie which reminds me of myself. Even in reading a few recent written reviews of the film, the main character, Forrest Gump, played in the movie most splendidly by Tom Hanks, is decribed as a slow-witted person, or as one who is perceived as someone with limited intellectual abilities.

 

It’s funny that the particular review, which first came up in my internet search, mentions Forrest’s obliviousness to this aspect of his character, and portrays his mother in a kindhearted, supportive role as his ever-eternal cheerleader, encouraging his pursuits in any endeavor in which he engages.

 

Much as the way Forrest is described, I see the prism of the movies’ premises reflected as if through the eyes of Forrest Gump, myself. I see the viewpoint of Forrest as being someone who takes everyone and everything at face-value, without pondering that anyone could ever have something besides good intent in their nature, leading to a non-judgemental outlook on life and everyone in it. It’s, truthfully, the way I was, too, growing up.

 

It hasn’t changed much, other than the fact that I’ve grown older, and grown used to the idea that such people exist in the world, who then take advantage of the unassumingly naive characters of the world, causing ultimate destruction of many lives, as is the case of Forrest’s ultimate hurt by his one and only love, Jenny.

 

Jenny had been Forrest’s childhood friend, and he was always there to catch her after her ordeals. She was abused as a child by her father, and in her early escape from her family, she got caught up in the search for her identity and in seeking the never-given affection and approval withheld in her childhood years. This led her to an unplanned existence, floating from one experience to the next, without being able to identify a life goal for her success.

 

These little bits led to worsening behaviors of self-destruction: drugs, the inability to put down roots and form attachments, leading to multiple relationships. She could never distinguish Forrests’ adult love for her from the childhood bonds of forever friendship they shared, and so couldn’t “see the ‘Forrest’ for the trees.” Lots of trees. Dead wood, in fact.

 

She contracted Aids, the new, emerging scourge of the 1980’s, as Forrest tended to her, eventually losing both she, and the only other ever woman in his life, his mother, to cancer. Forrest, though, despite the lack of a spouse, and through being raised, it seems, by a single mother, played by Sally Field, managed to have good fortune through his inadvertent (or not) successes. Everything he became associated with, even through pure happenstance, was touched by good luck through osmosis. My life has always seemed to be the opposite.

 

I’d never met anybody who had had quite the similar experiences to mine, except for the individual I was spending my life with, at the time of the movies’ release. The soundtrack to the movie, filled with classic rock songs we both loved, became a gift that I purchased for my significant sweetie, at the time.

 

References made in the movie miraculously mirror facts in both mine and my beloved’s life details, to an astounding degree.

 

And then, there’s Sally Field. I sometimes wonder whether she could have been my real birth-mother, as I have no clue who she really is. I was adopted and never learned much about my adoptive parents’ own parents, and so my sense of heritage, besides being Jewish, used to lead me on great flights of imaginative fancy.

 

Was I a princess, perhaps, descended from royalty? The lost Anastasia? I must have self-identified with maybe a half-dozen ethnic heritages growing up, in my own quest for realization — still perhaps unfulfilled. Julie of the Wolves? Yep — I was an Alaskan native. Learning of “Thanksgiving”? Perhaps I’m Indian. Never mind that at times I’ve felt either Irish or English!

 

In a small, magnetized refrigerator photo-holder in my Mother’s kitchen is a picture in newsprint of me, which she cut to fit inside the frame. Taken of me at a time fairly fresh out of college, my bangs frame my full-faced cheeks and give me a slight resemblance to Sally Field, in that shot, and in additional ways. I think that my mannerisms and just my general “way” about me are quite similar to hers, as well.

 

The funny thing is that my Dad also looked alot like James Garner, and Sally Field and James Garner were a paired ticket bill in many t.v. shows and movies throughout their careers. Coincidentally, my father’s persona resembled that given off by the aura of James Garner. My father was an affable man, with a sweet sense of humor and never a bad word about anybody. He was a gentleman of the utmost degree and a kind-hearted man. It was really amazing that this television pairing so closely resembled two real-life pairings — my father and me.

 

If you see any movies with them in it, there we’ll be. Is that life imitating art, or art imitating life? The latter, by gosh, is the obvious choice.

 

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Randy’s Recipes: Canned Fruit and Cardamom

 

Recently, I’d been on a quest to track down cardamom, that sweet, specific spice common to the Middle East. I found that it wasn’t entirely absent from the spice shelves of the local supermarket, but that the probable reason for its scarcity was due to the lack of usage in the United States, and its concurrent high cost.

 

Whether this is because of conditions in its growth or harvest and bringing it to market, or because of its unfamiliarity in this part of the world, I have found this spice to be a difficult to source ingredient. Additionally, where economies rely more on wholesale movement of goods and production, local sourcing often disappears.

 

Thankfully, this trend is reversing itself with a back-to-nature movement, where people are establishing little gardens and artisanal endeavors in their backyards and at home. Yay! I’m all for this artsy-craftsy stuff and for preserving the tradecraft of all those who have paved those paths ahead of us, literally, and figuratively-speaking, of course.

 

G-d answered this one and brought me cardamom to market at half-price! Spice certainly hasn’t been first and foremost in my mind as I was potentially facing homelessness, that was for sure. I was very lucky to have Him looking out for me, right now, and saving me through my mother, who came to my last-minute rescue. I can’t thank both enough. I still have some non-essential foodstuffs I am thankful for, and these include some coffee, which I can’t seem to do without (it’s that addictive caffeine which prompts that), and my spice collection, which I’ve carted about with me in many of my moves.

 

Have Spice, Will Travel! I would have been quite at home, in another time and place, to have found myself leading a nomadic lifestyle replete with camel crossings and tentpoles, wending my way along the Spice Route in the production and marketing of spice and other fineries. Do we all have these thoughts, or is it part of an ancestral heritage carryover, seeping into my consciousness, from times past?

 

Well, perhaps we won’t know about that — until it then becomes known. But, meanwhile, I’m going to share with you some uses for cardamom in the next couple of individual recipes I’ll be providing: one, first; and then others in soon-to-be released posts.

 

This first one I discovered last night. Was I in some palace, as I sampled first one way and then another? No, I was on a journey of discovery, placing first one apricot half on my spoon, and then combining it with other spices or additions to sample its results.

 

Verdict? The ones that get printed are worthy, most worthy. This one marries the perfect complementary tastes together: apricot, in syrup, with cardamom. You’ll want to figure one can, per person, it’s just that good.

 

Randy’s Recipes: Canned Fruit and Cardamom (Randyjw; September 14, 2016)

 

One can per person, canned fruit: apricots in syrup (substitute other canned fruits, or use fresh fruits, if desired) (speaking of syrup, you could add other syrups, if desired, but I didn’t)

Cardamom, to taste/preference

 

Sprinkle cardamom, or add as an infusion, to canned fruits (here, I used halved apricots in syrup) for a perfect blend of opulent indulgence and resplendent, refreshing relaxation.

 

8.5 Yums Up

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Birthday Card: Eternal Flame

 

Birthday Card: Eternal Flame (Randyjw; September 13, 2016)

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May the light never go out on an eternal flame.

Happy Birthday, Jacob!

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The Versatile Blogger Award

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To feel genuinely appreciated for what you do or for just being you can brighten your outlook and change someone’s life. That type of inspiration is a quality found in the wonderful Meenakshi Sethi, whose uplifting encouragement and acceptance has penetrated to my being, and who reaches out to so many others to offer more of her storehouse of kindness. What a rarity and a delight to find! I’d like to introduce you to her, through her beautiful website, Wings of Poetry. She will carry you along with her wisdom and her words, and together you will go far. Congratulations on winning your award, Meenakshi, and thank you for the honor of bestowing it on me.

 

See Meenakshi’s website, here:

https://msethi272.wordpress.com/

 

Here are the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:

 

1. Thank the person who nominated you.

 

2. Share the award on your blog.

 

3. Share seven random facts about yourself.

 

4. Tag ten bloggers with less than 1,000 followers and let them know they have been nominated.

 

 

Seven Random Facts About Me:

 

1. I usually walk, bicycle, or commute via public transportation, and have done so for more than a decade.

 

2. I engage politically to raise my voice and awareness of issues of particular importance to me: writing legislators, signing petitions, volunteering for political campaigns, blogging, and more.

 

3. I paid for the privilege to defend my peoples’ lives, honors, and namesakes, by serving as a volunteer for almost nine months at an army base, working in a supportive, non-combat capacity. I had to work hard at my goals to get there to achieve them. I received, in return, the satisfaction of defending my brothers and sisters against a pernicious evil that would see us wiped off the face of this earth. I receive no pension or benefits from having done so.

 

4. In further humanitarian work, I have been a Committee Member for a major organization which impacts those with physical challenges.

 

5. My mother worked for an organization assisting those with cognitive challenges. As my brother was developmentally delayed, I am familiar with many of the barriers which face those dealing with such issues, as well as on the other end of how one can help to raise awareness and attempt to overcome these difficulties, at many levels.

 

6. I’ve been helping to acclimate a “scaredy-cat” feral cat to humans, so that she can be helped to grow and live. She can be quite the cuddle kitty, it turns out, though she’s mostly become an outdoor cat. Can’t entirely take the wild out of her spirit, though; she refuses.

 

7. Each of us encounter many battles in our lives. I’ve faced them all, whether standing up to, or running away from them. In my eyes, I’ve won them all — as have you.

 

Since many people don’t list their multitude of followers and it is too wieldy to wait for replies, I make my nominations, without this knowledge (or perhaps with willful disregard to overages, here or there), to the following blogs/people of an adult level (by approximation):

 

1. https://yassy66.wordpress.com/

2. http://anneeprescott.wordpress.com/

3. https://saintswest.wordpress.com/

4. https://johndoesocietyblues.wordpress.com/

5. https://charles1958.wordpress.com/

6. https://southamptonoldlady.wordpress.com/

7. https://thelittlemermaid09.wordpress.com/

8. https://violetsvegnecomics.com/

9. https://morganbradham.com/

10. http://logicalquotes.com/

 

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On: Zero (or: My Life, In Comments)

 

On: Zero (or: My Life, In Comments) (Randyjw; September 12, 2016)

 

 

On: Zero

It is what it isn’t!

 


 

Comment — September 12, 2016 by Randyjw at: Palinode (soubasse) by Robert Okaji at O at the Edges; robertokaji.com.

 

Home page:

https://robertokaji.com/

 

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Life Forms

 

Life Forms (Randyjw; September 12, 2016)

 

Is it quite fair?

Or is there more?

To live one’s life

as metaphor.

 

Or do we dare?

to make it worse?

In living life

in candid verse.

 

We ought to care!

And so it goes…

We should live life

in simple prose.

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Inspired by the poem, “Oh Dear Life!”, by Meenakshi Sethi at Wings of Poetry:

https://msethi272.wordpress.com/2016/09/11/oh-dear-life/

 

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The 603/398/BGH/Eighth!

The 603/398/BGH/Eighth! (Randyjw; September 11, 2016)

 

Does your pen stop to pause

as it meets at the kink

which the fibers have caused

between tearstains and ink?

 

Did your heart skip a beat

as you sniffed at the seal

hints of Old Spice and sweat

and its heart to reveal?

 

Did its contents speak softly

of time spent apart

in missions but lofty

in dreams dreamt of heart?

 

Now flipping the switches

depressing the valves

Igniting ignitions

of heartstrings and salve

 

The youngest of flight crews

just boys of nineteen

in perilous journeys flew

sightless, unseen

 

On pillars of clouds

they bore on through the night

their humble heads bowed

as they fought the good fight

 

They roared and they rumbled

through salvos of flak

From tailspin to tumble

The cannons attacked

 

From Munich to Dresden

the Pilsen Munitions

Honoring the remembrance

of twenty-five missions

 

A salute to our freedoms

and forces by faith

The 603/

398/

BGH/

Eighth!

 

b-17f

 

Original Photo: Air Force Historical Research Association (AFHRA) – AFHRA, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

 

Original Author and Publisher: Air Force Historical Research Association (AFHRA) – AFHRA, Website

 

 

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Tiles of the Temple Found

 

As a child and throughout the all-important developmental years of my youth, I was fortunate to be raised by hard-working parents who struggled to afford me the privileges of providing cultural opportunities to enrich my growth.

 

I attended day camp and summer camp, and had occasional treats of museum or aquarium visits, the Nutcracker suite ballet (back when it was the real, visiting Russian Moscow ballet, to whom nobody has ever held a candle to, to this day), and ice shows. There were piano-, ice-skating and tennis lessons (skiing I had to pay for myself).

 

These are important things, which I think that many of today’s families just don’t bother undertaking with their children. I spent many after-school days at my friend’s house, and she was also a fixture at ours, accompanying my mother and I to an occasional outing. My favorites usually involved trips to the museum. I particularly took a shine to the polished gemstones for purchase for between $1.00-to-$3.00 in the museum’s gift shop, as did my friend, and I had a small collection of a few good rocks: micah, pyrite, and others.

 

I was also really enraptured of the Egyptian artifact collections, as well as the heiroglyphic and ancient writing systems of the ancient Middle Eastern cultures, spending some time in youthful pursuit, which is to say, not so seriously, unfortunately, in trying to learn some of these systems. Odd how it was that when my friend and I concocted our own secret alphabet code, we happened to have used some of the same symbols formulated by the ancients of old. I believe there must be some type of universal symbol usage, or perhaps more narrowly Middle Eastern, that perpetuates in ancient memories of the mind. I bet that if today’s coded kids’ alphabets were studied, they’d find the same symbols still in effect (add this to my Crazy Theory subset: #2, if I remember to do so).

 

I never extrapolated my love in my youth for the Egyptian archaeological finds early enough to realize that it could be a field of study for me, applied to Israeli/Jewish culture. Most study of archaeology in its beginnings were conducted mostly under the auspices of societies/Foundations/schools studying Egyptian, Assyrian and Hittite culture. Jews were excluded from among such groups due to anti-Semitism, and via the fact that they weren’t allowed entrance in such a capacity to those other Middle Eastern countries, anyways. Israel was still being referred to by the old designation of “Palestine”, in any case, as well.

 

In really recent times, though, I was briefly able to realize this great honor in studying Israeli archaeology via the Israeli Ministry of Tourism acceptance of me into its program of licensure to be a tour guide. In a participating academic program I enrolled in (I was unable to complete the full course of certification, due to personal circumstances I let get in the way), my course studies took me on field trips accessible only to archaeologists behind locked gates and other areas way beyond that which even the scope of a tourist trip could reveal. It was incredible.

 

One day I was watching t.v. with my mother about Israel and its sites, and there was one of my classmates, described as an expert, leading a televised tour of a particular ancient site, and I excitedly pointed him out to my mother.

 

Israel’s top archaeologists were my classroom and field guide teachers. One spoke of his Yemeni wife and related tales of his visit with the Princess of Bhutan, as he led us up mountains and past old water drainage systems cut into the hillsides. Another, whom I really related to and admired immensely, is one of Israel’s leading archaeologists. Dr. Gabriel Barkay is the archaeologist whose excavations uncovered the oldest found Biblical text, incised in proto-Hebraic script onto two silver scrolls: that of the Aharonic Blessing (one of my favorites) of Numbers 6:24-26 and the other of Deuteronomy 7:9, dating to approximately the 7th Century BCE, according to information I found at the Israel Tour Guide / Israel Tours blogsite of Shmuel Browns (read his article, below).

 

Prior to the beginning of my educational training, I participated briefly in a project known as the Temple Mount Sifting Project, where dirt which had been removed during illegal Arab construction and excavation on the Temple Mount was being sifted and combed through for any archaeological artifacts it might yield. While I did not find anything….

 

Stone tiles matching the new Roman foot measurement of 29.6 cm used by Herod such as at his other palaces, like Masada, Jericho, and Herodion, of flooring installed in the inlaid opus sectile, or “cut work” style, unknown in Israel prior to Herod’s time, have since been found of imported marble and stone from Rome, Asia Minor, Tunisia and Egypt.

 

King Herod was responsible for many great building projects throughout Israel under vasselage of the Roman Empire. The tiles dating to this time confirm the Jewish Temple having been built then (37-4 BCE, according to the information found at Breaking Israel News), and there. Other contemporaneous sources during Temple period times comes from the historian Flavius Josephus, in his First Century book, “The Jewish Wars”, who writes of the courtyard of the Jewish Temple being paved with multicolored stone, as well as Talmudic literature speaking of colors of green, blue and white. More than 100 of the 600 tiles found date to this period.

 

The timing couldn’t have been a better counterpoint to 9-11 this year (as well as BDS, EU labeling, UNESCO declaration of the Temple Mount being solely holy to our sworn enemies, etc…).

 

G-d sure does have a great sense of humor, doesn’t He?

 

See the archaeological evidence at Breaking Israel News (scroll through entire article to see the different geometrical patterns posited in reconstruction and refurbishment, about halfway down the page) at: http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/75233/first-time-ever-undeniable-evidence-jewish-temple-discovered-photos/

 

Berkowitz, Adam Eliyahu. “For First Time Ever, Archaeological Evidence Proves Jewish Temple Stood On Temple Mount [PHOTOS]”. Breaking Israel News.com; September 6, 2016: http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/75233/first-time-ever-undeniable-evidence-jewish-temple-discovered-photos/

 

Browns, Shmuel. “Ketef Hinnom Silver Amulets”. Israel Tour Guide / Israel Tours; March 16, 2011: https://israel-tourguide.info/2011/0316/ketef-hinnom-silver-amulet/

 

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A Walk For Chiari

 

Hi.

 

I’ve spent the past few hours educating myself on a topic I knew nothing of, prior to learning about it through a WordPress blogger, who suffers with this condition. I thought I could at least take some time out to learn what it is that this person must be going through on an individual basis, take compassion and share some friendship and solidarity with one who suffers mostly silently, and to just let her know that, because of her actions, she has inspired others. You are a brave warrior for putting a personal touch on this otherwise detached look at an affliction which most of us might never have heard of.

 

Chiari, rather than being a beautiful girl’s name, is, instead, a neurological condition in which part of the brain’s cerebellum distends beyond the bottom of the skull, pressing upon the spinal column. Because the spinal column carries the neural pathway from the brain to the rest of the body, this can result in all sorts of irregularities, from chronic pain and headaches, to breathing abnormalities, sleep apnea and heartbeat arrhythmias.

 

What really tugged at my heartstrings were the number of young children, twenty years of age and younger, pictured on her website who had been taken earlier from life, due to its cause.

 

September is Chiari Malformation Awareness Month, and we have an opportunity to assist the non-profit C&S Patient Education Foundation continue to spread awareness of Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia Malformation (the “S” in their name) by reading about this disorder at their website, and, if you’d like, by participating in one of their fund-raising walkathons.

 

They will be holding a “Walk Across America” event on Saturday, September 17, 2016, which sounds daunting, but only involves short distances of anywhere from a non-specified length to a couple of miles, or so. This will be taking place at 84 sites across 42 states. Here is a listing from their website of all site locations, if you are interested in participating:

 

http://www.conquerchiari.org/ccwaa/sites-2016.html

 

and a link to learn more from this organization about these particular conditions:

 

http://www.conquerchiari.org/index.html

 

It is this WordPress blogger’s wedding anniversary to her husband, noted by one of her posts, so my gift is my writing for you.

 

Happy Anniversary!

 

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The I-Team: The Pupils’ Final Examination

 

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The I-Team: The Pupils’ Final Examination (Randyjw; September 7, 2016)

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Trump Hebrew Bumpersticker

Well, float my boat!!!

 

It’s a Hebrew Trump bumpersticker!!!

 

That sounds like quite the tongue-twister. Maybe we should call it a Trump-ersticker???

 

I was reading some fantastic articles at Breaking Israel News and saw this great bumpersticker at their affiliated product store, Israel365. I just HAD TO have a screenshot for my sidebar, and this post, and to spread the word, so that YOU could have it, too! Plus, I’m also going to provide you with the link, so that you can buy one of your very own. How cool is that!? (Oh, just way too cool!!!)

 

So, here it is:

 

Click to Purchase from Israel365 Store:

 

Screenshot: Trump 2016 Hebrew bumpersticker from Israel365 Store

Screenshot: Trump 2016 Hebrew bumpersticker from Israel365 Store

 

 

Click to Visit Israel365 Store:

 

Screenshot (Clickable Visit)

Screenshot (Clickable Visit)

 

 

 

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Chanteuse: Smoky Set for Jazz and Piano

 

Chanteuse: Smoky Set for Jazz and Piano (Randyjw; September 2, 2016)

 

1.. I’ll Never Smile Again – Jo Stafford

https://youtu.be/aZ8COLbG5wA

 

2.. Girl from Ipanema – Astrud Gilberto

https://youtu.be/giyzx-xeLko

 

3.. Downtown – Petula Clark

(https://youtu.be/zGc2U4NE87o)

 

4.. By the Time I Get to Phoenix – Glenn Campbell

https://youtu.be/0NeHeNZkH7k

 

5.. If I Had a Hammer – Peter, Paul and Mary

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKgm9ARmOMM&list=RDAKgm9ARmOMM

 

6.. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes – Engelbert Humperdinck

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J35KrD0t_VU&list=RDJ35KrD0t_VU

 

7.. Leaving On a Jet Plane – Peter, Paul and Mary

https://youtu.be/F9pbDeUmpnwe

 

8.. Ebb Tide – Arthur Prysock

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6w58QvLn1M&list=RDI6w58QvLn1M

 

9.. The Windmills of Your Mind – Neil Diamond

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEDtJrhAkF0&list=RDdEDtJrhAkF0

 

10.. Sunny – Bobby Hebb

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILEXei9rfhw&list=RDILEXei9rfhw

 

11.. La Vie en Rose – Foxtails Brigade

https://youtu.be/-NK9zdPj-os

 

12.. Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers

https://youtu.be/YuKfiH0Scao

 

13.. Golden Earrings – Peggy Lee

https://youtu.be/qWnVg5eidq8

 

14.. Autumn Leaves – Frank Sinatra

https://youtu.be/zWmLw1dZSWc

 

15.. Didn’t We? – Glenn Campbell

https://youtu.be/7u4G50iBkK0

 

16.. Meditation – Foxtails Brigade

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-zEidLuKYk&list=RD0-zEidLuKYk

 

17.. Les Feuilles Mortes – Yves Montand

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xo1C6E7jbPw&list=RDXo1C6E7jbPw

 

18.. Qualche Stupido Ti Amo (Italian) – Andrea Bocelli and Veronica Berti

(https://youtu.be/C6SmJrY3ajQ)

 

 

Or:

Saying Something Stupid Like I Love You (English) – Frank and Nancy Sinatra

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meQUdezfMhk&list=RDmeQUdezfMhk

 

19.. The Very Thought of You – Engelbert Humperdinck

(https://youtu.be/kZObg76lHjg)

 

20.. Senza Fine – Peggy Lee

https://youtu.be/7GzEGMJnOfw

 

21.. Those Were the Days – Mary Hopkin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUsmEcJSdzc&list=RDZUsmEcJSdzc

 

 

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