Sunday Funnies – PETA: Come for their Outrage, Stay for their Porn….

(This post originally appeared on October 2, 2011)

So the New York Times put up a really cute picture of a sassy little bird:

You know you want it…..

It’s got that certain je ne sais quoi , no?  I don’t know about you, but when I saw it, I laughed and smiled, because That.Bird.Has.Attitude.  It’s sweet.  It’s funny.

It’s playful and - dare I say it? – sexy.

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“Of the People, By the People, For the People”

Gettysburg Memorial.

Today marks the 151st anniversary of a most solemn occasion:

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Tuesday Tunes: “Simple Gifts”

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There are plenty of videos with this beautiful song out there, but I absolutely LOVE the photography used in this one – it’s full of the people and things that make America such a great country:
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(“Simple Gifts” from “Appalachian Spring” by Aaron Copland, performed by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and conducted by Leonard Bernstein, is available in CD and MP3 formats)
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Sunday Funnies – You CAN teach an old dog new tricks…..

Our longtime friend Jack is always sending along helpful tips to us “youngsters” (he’s about 20 years older than we are).  When Paul purchased a new Glock a few years ago, Jack found this helpful video and sent it to us in an e-mail with the following message:

What an informative training film. Should be distributed to our military and all Law Enforcement agencies. Certainly kept my attention. I watched this 4 times and now I’m ready to buy a Glock!!!


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Thanks for that, Jack – Paul has watched this video over and over and over, making sure that he gets it right…..  :P

(We have the BEST friends!)
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On Jonathan’s Birthday – “Autumn Leaves”

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Today would have been my friend Becky’s oldest son’s 32nd birthday.  Jonathan left us much too soon (a car accident in 2001), but he left lots of great memories behind for those who loved him best.

One of the things that his family ran across while looking for things to include in his memorial service was a poem that he had written in one of his classes about a leaf falling to the ground.  It gave them great comfort, and ever since then whenever Autumn rolls around I like to think that Jonathan is surrounding everyone who knew and loved him with his presence.

Every time I hear this song, I think about Jonathan and his family:

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(“Autumn Leaves” sung by Eva Cassidy is available in CD and MP3 formats)
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Sunday Funnies: “How Long Does It Take You People To Shop?!?!?!?”

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They’ve started already – the ads for Christmas come earlier and earlier each year. I’m old enough to remember when we actually got through Thanksgiving before we started seeing and/or hearing Christmas stuff. I may not always agree with Lewis Black’s political views, but when I heard this bit about Christmas years and years ago, I was laughing so hard that I was in tears.

STRONG warning for language – even stronger warning to go pee before you watch this:
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Foodie Friday – Parker House Rolls

Many of you who know our family know that Paul, Rebecca, and I have to eat gluten-free.  Rebecca was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in April, 2008, and after we converted our kitchen to accommodate her condition we discovered that we felt a whole lot better as well.

Now, in most cases GF cooking isn’t that much different from regular cooking; I’ve found different GF ingredients and products that our family really likes (and some we’d rather not talk about) and it’s been pretty easy to adapt most things.

However, gluten-free baking is another story altogether.

Wheat gluten has a wonderful property of stretchiness that non-wheat products simply can’t match.  When it comes to baking bread/rolls/etc., it can be a real challenge to figure out how to do things right; most gluten-free bread dough is really more like cake batter, which makes it impossible to knead/mold into shapes.

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