Showing posts from March 5, 2017

In me red 'at (and 100 good people)

In me red 'at


Completed packs

In addition  we had an offering and  raised more than $4,500 to help sustain "Rise Against Hunger" in  its mission.


Here is a blurb from "Rise Against Hunger"   and a link to their website.

A HANDS-ON IMPACT ON WORLD HUNGER Rise Against Hunger’s meal packaging program is a volunteer-based initiative that coordinates the assembly-line packaging of highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables, and 23 essential vitamins and minerals. The program was created to give dedicated individuals and organizations — from businesses to civic clubs — the opportunity to participate in a hands-on international hunger relief program and to become educated, engaged advocates for the world’s hungry. The events also give volunteers hands-on experience in lea…

PALMER RAIDS: We've been there before. I was not good then, and it is not good now


My new friend Frankie Presto

I met Frankie Presto about eight days ago.   I got to know him well.  I hope that you will meet him.

He is the central character in the book "the magic strings of Frankie Presto", and the ,love of his life Aurora..

This wondrous tale was written by Mitch Albom (author of "Tuesdays with Morrie") and published in 2015 by Harper Collins.

Frankie Presto was orphaned at birth during the Spanish Civil War., and then abandoned by the Nun who had rescued him from a burning Church in the town of Villareal.

He is taught to play guitar by a stern task master El Maestro.  Presto becomes the greatest guitar player in the world. At aged nine he is sent to America with his only possession -  a guitar with its six magic strings.

Along the way he meets (amongst many others) Little Richard, Duke Ellington, Lyle Lovett, John Lennon, Darlene Love, Paul Stanley (KISS)  he eschews the  great fame which comes his way, and falls from the public gaze and into drug addiction. He loves, lose…

To annoy my American friends

I gathered together all my 2016 tax information just over  three weeks ago, and sent it to my tax accountant in Peabody, MA.

She prepared my tax return which I signed  in late February and which she immediately  filed, (electronically)  

My check/cheque for her fee was "cashed" on March 1st.

My tax refund arrived in my checking/current account today, March 7th.

Whoop-de-doo for Sabelli and Co in Peabody, MA, and thank you to my colleague and one time curate Manny Faria for hooking me up with Sabelli back in 2001.

And a gentle and slightly smug "raspberry"  to those who put off filing their tax returns until the last minute,

Adapting a recipe from a Trader Joe's Product. YUM

My family, friends  (and some enemies!) know that I am a fan of Trader Joe's.  In fact I have come to believe that T'J's is more or less a comestible cult. The store evokes deep devotion.

Their grain medley  (above)  is great as a side or a main dish.

Maybe it's a wee bit pricey at $3.49 for eight ounces.

I decided to make by own version -  and you can do it too.

I cooked equal amounts of wild rice, barley, and quiona.  I omitted the wheat-berries 'cause  I did not have any in my pantry.

('Tis a bit time consuming since the rice, barley and quiona have different cooking times, so  they cannot be merged before cooking),

Once I had cooked the grains I mixed them in a big bowl, cooled them in the fridge, and then added dried cranberries, slivered almonds, and the juice of two lemons.

Oh so good!  Nearly as good as the T.J's original  -  and less expensive.

I ate some for dinner tonight with (waste not, want not) some excellent stir fried vegetables and tofu whic…