I wanted to write about Dads, and Grads and
Flags, however. . . it seems that in honoring and celebrating dads, and
grads, and flags... I didn’t have time to get the Ezine out! Still,
though it is now just a bit moot, my thoughts are on those topics so I’ll
just add them to my musings for the month.
I had a son graduate from high school this
month. Well, actually he graduated in January, but he walked across
the stage and received his diploma this month. In all of the ‘pomp
and circumstance’ I took note of just a few things I’d like to share.
Even though this son is not one for grand displays, I could see him beam.
He was proud of his accomplishments and of the fuss made over him.
It is gratifying to see the secret smile that says what words will never
equal, “Thanks for your help, I could never have done it without you”.
Perhaps that is what maturity is all about. Realizing that there
are things and people beyond ourselves that lift us on our way. Be
it a father, a deity, friends or a country.
My father passed on seven years ago.
Still, my mind turns to him often and I wonder what he would have thought,
or advised. No, actually that isn’t completely correct.
I knew my father. I knew his values and his ideals and I knew for
the most part what he would have thought, and advised. Many times I have
relied on that knowledge or smiled at that memory. I think
we all have people who move through our lives that affect us like that.
If not our biological fathers, other mentors or even our Heavenly Father,
or whomever we choose to worship. This too sets us beyond self to
a higher plane. No one dies, who lives on in another heart.
Flag day was on the 14th. I’ve always
been a bit of a patriot. Not fanatical, but the lump forms when I
say the pledge and it actually means something to me. I’m grateful
for those who have stepped beyond themselves, to make this place, not what
it is not, but what it is. It isn’t perfect. . . . yet. . . but it
is a wonderful place. So there are my musing, of stepping beyond
self, and offering just a moment of thought to those beings who have been
Tip for the Month
1. Eat a bunch of small meals throughout
the day, spread three to four hours apart.
This keeps your metabolism
up. An apple and a slice of cheese, for instance.
2. Exercising in the morning keeps your
metabolism boosted all day long.
3. Eat no more than 30% of your total calories
from fat. This is 40 grams of fat out of a 1,200 calorie day.
4. Avoid the word "diet", instead, acknowledge
a lifestyle change. This is lasting.
5. To lose weight, most women should eat
approximately 1,200 - 1,500 calories per day. Men should eat between 1,500
- 1,800 per day. However, to ensure proper nutrition, women and men should
eat no less than the lower threshold.
6. Eat a mostly vegetarian diet high in
protein. Ease off the meat and carbs. Carbs block the burning of stored
fat. Protein induces the burning of stored fat.
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Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile
in their shoes.
That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away
and you have their shoes!
In honor of my Son in law who spent two years
in the Philippines
1 lb ground beef
2 cloves garlic
1 large onion
1 can (8 oz.) water chestnuts, slivered
1 can bamboo shoots
3 eggs scrambled
1/2 c bean sprouts
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon patis
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup water
40 lumpia wrappers - These are difficult
to find. Find an Asian Market. They are NOT egg roll wrappers. Paper
1 c oil for frying
Brown beef well. Stir in garlic and onion;
sauté lightly. Add water chestnuts, vegetables and seasonings; .
Combine flour and water to form thin paste. To make rolls, place 2 tablespoons
filling on a lumpia wrapper. Fold on the diagonal neatly like an envelope.
Seal with paste. Head deep fat to 375 degrees F. Combine remaining
ingredients for sauce. Fry lumpia for about 2 minutes on low heat
in hot oil until golden brown. Drain and cool thoroughly.
courtesy of Hawaiian Electric Company
1 clove garlic -- crushed
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1-1/2 cups water
4 tablespoons cornstarch
1/3 cups cold water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Mince the garlic and mix the cornstarch
into the 1/3 cup water.
Heat the oil in a medium saucepan on
medium heat; add garlic and sauté until softened. Stir in brown
sugar, soy sauce and 1-1/2 cups water. Slowly add
cornstarch mixture stirring constantly
Serve hot with sauce. Makes 40 lumpia.
for the Month
~"The best inheritance parents
can give their children
is a few minutes of their time
each day - " ~M. Grundler
Sobering Facts :
Only 50% of all humans live in "houses" with dirt floors.
20% of all humans live in houses with glass windows, a door, and more than
10% of all humans can read, wear shoes, have a change of
and eat more than 1 type of food.
1% of all humans have a refrigerator, a car, a computer,
and a VCR.
a human being dies every 3.6 seconds due to starvation.
pretty fortunate right now... How about you?
were provided by Todd Manwaring
"The conundrum is one of the most favored forms
of amusement for the social circle; the answer to this style of riddle
generally contains a pun, and the merriment occasioned can be better imagined
than described. "
~ Conundrums, Riddles, Puzzles and Games
by Sarah J Cutter circa . 1896
Why are 1888 pennies worth more than 1887
Inscribe an M above a line,
Then write an E below.
The flower you seek is hung so fine,
It sways when breezes blow.
Highlighted page from Chantaclair's
Books - One Hundred of the world's best books
Our new section this month is a short highlight
on one of my own pages. Many of you have meandered through the Parlor
on occasion, but missed some of the things I've offered. I thought it would
be nice to just highlight some of the more obscure pages for your enjoyment
~ "Thank you for sharing your Ezine
with me. The poem to your father, and the following memory of his
being generous to you on Valentine's day has truly touched my heart.
I share your passion for life through much of the same means, and
appreciate that you would offer to share him with us. He sounds like
a great soul." ~WE
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