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Monday, November 7, 2011

Gail’s delicious no-sugar baked oatmeal

I had a jones for baked oatmeal & worked for a couple of months to perfect this high-fiber recipe. It packs a punch, is good hot or cold, and may provide breakfast for a week. It's an already-doubled recipe. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

iPhone Zombies

So. I’m at a party and meet a young man who’s a student at Marquette University. I tell him I went there too. He seems interested; we have a nice connection. Then suddenly he looks down at his iPhone.

He’s lost to me. I don’t exist.

I’ve had it.

The best day of Chuckie’s life

Oliver, Chuckie, and Elana visited me a couple of weeks ago. Oliver and Chuckie are six; Elana is nine. We bundled up and went exploring the pathless woods across from my house. Eventually we wandered out of the woods and into a farmer’s field that was brimming with buff-colored cornstalks. The stalks were taller than I am, and still held corn (feed corn I’m guessing). As the late autumn sun set, we wandered down the long narrow rows of corn, cutting across them willy nilly and checking out new rows.

Chuckie ran ahead of me, free and wild, and hollered back, “This is the best day of my life.”

He meant it.

Kids need nature.  


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Thinking about Amy Winehouse makes me sad

             The medical people determined finally that Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning, or as the article in the paper said, "She drank herself to death."

Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse
              Right after I read that, I heard an interview on NPR with Tony Bennett. He is grieving her loss. They sang together for his recent duet record. He said he's been waiting since The Beatles' invasion for someone to carry on the legacy of Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, and the other phenomenonal American women singers. Amy was the one, he said. She had it.

               He's in his 80s. She was 27. I could hear the pain in his voice.