International Youth Day, August 12, 2021

This day was set aside to highlight cultural and educational issues of the world’s youth. It was established by the United Nations in 1999 and has a new theme each year. This year the theme is working for peace. There are many events in different countries to promote the activities and achievements of youth. Locally,Continue reading “International Youth Day, August 12, 2021”

Long living Plants August 10, 2021

I buy plants each year to place in my container garden. Miniature roses, shasta daisies, lupins and begonias. Herbs of rosemary, lavender , basil, cilantro, sage and dill. A tomato and swiss chard round out the assortment. I expect these to grow and die in the first hard freeze. Sometimes, I try to bring someContinue reading “Long living Plants August 10, 2021”

Sibling Weekend and an Ad, August 5, 2021

This past weekend was an aunnual event in my family. My brother, Brian, opens his cottage to my siblings and spouces for a long weekend on the shores of upper Lake Michigan. This year my deceased brother’s wife Kathy, joined us. The talk revolved around the people no longer at the table. My sister asked,Continue reading “Sibling Weekend and an Ad, August 5, 2021”

Weather, what you hear or what you see, August 3, 2021

This week I heard from my Brazilian sister Adelia. She lives in San Paulo. She emailed to say, It was snowing in that southern city. It is only the third time she has experienced snow, but never in San Paulo. As I listen to the national weather report, I get the indication that all ofContinue reading “Weather, what you hear or what you see, August 3, 2021”

The Pipes are Calling July 27, 2021

At the sound of bagpipes, Scotsmen rise as one to wave, cheer and clap. The hearts of many a countrymen can be moved to tears. Not this Scottish lass. When I visited Scotland, I looked forward to explore all aspects of my Scottish heritage. We visited castles, cathedrals from the middle ages, kilts and bagpipes.IContinue reading “The Pipes are Calling July 27, 2021”

“Let them eat cake” July 22, 2021

Before the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette was quoted saying to feed the poor with cake. Her limited grasp of French, may have allower her use the wrong word, cake for bread. As a child, my first introduction to French was the confection,”petit fours”. They are small layered cakes one to two inches square. A creamContinue reading ““Let them eat cake” July 22, 2021″

The eagle has Landed, July 20, 2021

Fifty two years ago, Apollo 11 landed on the moon with Neal Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landing in the Sea of Tranquility. There they readied themselves for the historic walk on the moon. The famous quote of Neal Armstrong still rings in my ears,”One small step for man, One giant leap for mankind”. The barContinue reading “The eagle has Landed, July 20, 2021”

Give Something Away Day, July 15, 2021

Last Sunday, our priest, Father Len, was talking about downsizing for retirement. He was going through his possessions to give some of them away. Today is National Give away something day. You can go through your closet, tools or books to see if there are gently used items to donate to a resale shop. IfContinue reading “Give Something Away Day, July 15, 2021”