Saturday, October 29, 2005
With Thansksgiving around the corner I started to think of the nice and easy recipe that I used to make for the holidays. I don't do much cooking or baking these days but for those of you who still entertain, here is a delicious way to top off a holiday dinner.


6 - 8 apples (Macs, Cortland or Golden Delicious)
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 stick butter (or margarine)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 c sugar
1 c flour
1 egg
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c chopped nuts
1/3 c raisins (I prefer golden raisins)

In a 9x13 inch pan (buttered), fill with peeled, cored and sliced apples until 3/4 full. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons sugar over apples. Melt the stick of butter (or margarine) and add to the mixed remaining ingredients. Spoon over apple mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Good served warm with ice cream. Tastes good cold too!

Hint: The mixture will be sticky. To make it easier to spread the dough, wet your hands and spread evenly. Don't worry if it doesn't look good, It will be fine once it comes out of the oven.


Monday, October 24, 2005
Video: I Can't Open It, Again
When I go over to my mom's, she always has a list of things for me to do. This time she has three things she needs opened.

Consumer companies need to design better products that are easier to use, for both senior citizens and the general public.


Thursday, October 20, 2005
The other day I went through a desk draw and found an old newspaper clipping, I don't know who wrote it, but I can see why I saved it.

1. Any and all compliments can be handled by saying, "Why, thank you!" It helps if you have a Southern accent.

2. Never give yourself a haircut after three margaritas.

3. Never continue to date anyone who is rude to the waiter or doesn't like cats or dogs.

4. The five most essential words for a healthy, long-lasting relationship are, "I apologize," and "You are right."

5. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

6. When you make a mistake, make amends immediately. It's easier to eat crow while it's still warm.

7. The best advice my mother gave me was, "Go! You might meet somebody!"

8. Pick your battles. Will this matter one year from now? One month? One day? Don't sweat the small stuff.

9. Never pass up an opportunity to use the bathroom. It may be your last chance for a long time.

10. Never underestimate the kindness of your fellow man. Most people are better than you think.

11. Work is necessary, but it's not the most important thing.

12. Be nice to your friends. Some day you might want them to visit you in a nursing home.

My favorites are numbers 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 and 12. How about you?


Thursday, October 13, 2005
In the "Life at Home" section of today's Boston Globe there is an article entitled "The Mod Couple." It refers to the excitement of the NEW blue and brown color scheme that people in their 20s and 30s are attracted to.

Well, I have news for them.

It was 1943 when Boston was the try-out city for plays before they went to New York. I remember treating my mother for a day in town, it was lunch in Chinatown and then to the Shubert Theatre to see Mexican Hayride.

We loved the play, especially the music and lyrics by Cole Porter. My mother was a romantic and the song that stayed with her was, "I Love You."

Listen to I Love You by Bing Crosby. [ mp3 ] from

What stood out in my mind was a nightclub scene were everything on stage was blue and brown.

That spring I couldn't wait to go shopping for a new outfit. It was a blue and brown suit with a matching hat!

There really isn't anything new under the sun.


Monday, October 10, 2005

My first video post

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Saturday, October 08, 2005
Classes and Sightseeing

On days when there were no sightseeing tours planned we had the opportunity to attend a variety of classes that were enlightening about the people and cultures of the area.

To give you an idea of the classes that were offered, I will list a few: Dead Sea Scrolls, Being A Native Practitioner, Terry Schivo, What Went Wrong, Songs of the Old West, Peoples of the Colorado Plateau, Navajo Challenges Today, Native American Drumming Ceremony, The History of Route 66 and Northern Arizona University Music Dept.

The evening classes were on the lighter side - for example - The Movies We Watch, A Night at the Races, Scenes from the Opera and one night we had a performance by The Gypsy Chicks! The three chicks did belly dancing and what that had to do with the old west I could not figure out but they were very well received!

One morning we were off to spend the day at the Grand Canyon. I have seen movies, TV shows and calendars featuring scenes of the Canyon but to really see it is unbelievable. As we drove through the area we saw the Canyon in many different ways.
It's the kind of place that you have to see at different times of the day. I spoke to a photographer and he said it's best to see it in early morning or at sunset. I saw it but I still can't grasp the vastness of it, I just saw a smidgen.

What I enjoyed even more then the Canyon was Sedona. When I was at the Canyon I looked down into it and when I was in Sedona I felt closer to it, while on the road I was surrounded by the most beautiful red rocks. Wherever we turned it was a sight to behold. You have to see it to believe it.

On our last day of sightseeing we went to Wupatki where we saw the Sunset Crater Volcano, another unbelievable sight! Just amazing! On our way back to the hotel we were all pretty tired and were anxious to get back. The bus driver said we were going to make one more stop. The group groaned!!

It was the Montezuma Castle, a prehistoric Indian cliff dwelling. What a remarkable and interesting sight that was. It would have been a shame to have missed that.

We got back to the hotel at 5:15 pm, dinner was at 5:30 pm. No rest for the weary!
Evening entertainment was at 7:30 pm.

There is a lot more I could write about but, you get the message: "America Is Beautiful."


Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Another Bus Ride
For years I have subscribed to the North Shore Music Theatre In The Round. Unfortunately this July a fire destroyed the theatre's auditorium.

The patrons were offered three choices: full refund, credit toward next season OR we could see two of the plays in Boston at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts' Shubert Theatre. I love the theatre and did not consider a refund, did not want to miss the scheduled plays but the question was, "how do you get into town." Boston is a mess, there is always construction, detours or heavy traffic so driving into Boston was out of the question.

Well it did not take to long before I received mail from the theatre giving me the option of going into town by a bus that would leave from the Beverly theatre and take me directly to the Shubert. My friend and I decided to take advantage of that service.

What an interesting experience that was! As we were driving though Boston we were trying to identify the street that we were on and my friend said to me, "I think this is Essex Street," My response was, "no, it can't be, I worked on that street for years and it is nothing like it. there is no deli, no wholesale houses, no coffee shop, just unfamiliar buildings. And then lo and behold there it was, "Dainty Dot Hosiery," that's where I worked, the building was still there, but empty. Riding through that area got me thinking, streets are like people, some change more then others.

Now about Camelot, as the playbill said, "this production will not be your grandparents" Camelot. It was entertaining, the lead singers were good but what I kept thinking while watching this production was, I would enjoy it more if it was done in the round. The Music Theatre does an outstanding job creating the mood of the play with very clever sets.

Now about the bus trip back to Beverly, you know how I have been writing about "experiences on buses", well the driver missed the exit that he needed to take to get us back, no big deal, it was only one exit!

The theatre will be completely renovated in November where I will be seeing "The Full Monty."

I'll drive.


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