Wednesday Reader May 25


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  2.  THE ALAN LOMAX COLLECTION AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS IS LARGELY DEVOTED TO THE HISTORY OF WHICH SUBJECT?  a) Cookbooks  b) Folk music   c) Political cartooning  d) Stamp  collecting
  3. WHICH INDIVIDUAL ASSOCIATED WITH WATERGATE HAD A CAMEO ROLE IN THE 1976 FILM “ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN”?  a) Carl Bernstein  b) John Dean  c) Frank Willis  d) Rose Mary Woods
  4. IN 1993, THE NHL’S MINNESOTA NORTH STARS RELOCATED TO WHAT CITY? a) Atlanta  b) Dallas  c) Miami  d) Winnepeg




1.  c) Echo

2.  b) Folk art

3.  c) Frank Wills, the security guard who discovered the Watergate break-in

4.  b) Dallas, and became the Dallas Stars

copyright  Leslie Elman, Trivia Bits

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  • Before you say anything to anyone, ask yourself, is it true?  Is it kind?  Is it necessary?
  • Make promises sparingly and keep them faithfully.
  • Never miss the opportunity to compliment or say encouraging words to someone.
  • Refuse to talk negatively about others: try not to gossip or listen to gossip.
  • Have a forgiving view of people.  Don’t judge; believe that most people are doing the best they can.
  • Keep an open mind; discuss, but don’t argue.
  • Forget about counting to 10.  Count to 1,000 before doing or saying anything that could make matters worse.
  • Let your virtues speak for themselves.
  • Cultivate your sense of humor; laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
  • Be a secret keeper.


((Starve the Landfills. Recycle))


Until I am measured I am not known.  Yet how you will miss me when I have flown.

What am I?

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This unique, super simple to make bread is so moist, marvelous and delish.  Yep, it has carrots in it and pineapple, too.  They’re part of the magic.  There are times when we just gotta take a leap of faith in a recipe.  This is totally one of those times.

Makes 2 loaves.  Freezes well.

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup toasted pecans (optional)
  • 8 ounces of canned crushed pineapple, drained

In a large mixing bowl beat eggs with a whisk until foamy.  Add oil, carrots and sugar.  Beat well.  Sift together in a separate bowl or ziplock bag: flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder and cinnamon.

Blend dry mixture with egg mixture and stir really well.  Stir in nuts and drained pineapple.

Grease and flour 2 loaf pans.  Bake in preheated 350* oven for 1 hour.  Cool and remove from loaf pans.


from the Hippie Cowboy recipe box



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I was scared of having a daughter.  I didn’t know how to raise a girl in this world of unlimited ands.   She’d have to be this and that and definitely this I don’t know how to be a girl in this world; how could I possibly guide another?

I prayed for a boy first.  Surely, a boy must have fewer ands.  Surely, my outside perspective could shine a light on what to do and say and teach.  Surely, my outside perspective could shine and light on what to do and say and teach.  Surely, having been a mother first, I would then know what to say when my girl came.

I was wrong.  It’s a common theme in my life, so there is a comfort in that.  I did get a boy first, but I’ve found that boys are not easier.  Boys are fighting to keep their ands and grow them.  Me being an outsider doesn’t ease the battle for my son.  And being a mother has taught me nothing about what it means to be a girl in today’s world.  But my daughter has.

I was terrified of having a daughter.  Now I’m just terrified of my daughter.

She came out scowling, not howling.  Before she could even lift her own head, she would snarl. if you asked her to smile.  My dad came to visit when she was 10 days old.  One of my favorite memories from this time was when we tried to take her photo when she turned 2 weeks old.  Every time we tried to get her to look our direction and give us something that would pass for a baby smile, her brows furrowed.  Her eyes shot daggers.  We were rolling on the floor with laughter.  She was not impressed.  If she could have rolled, she would have rolled right over and murdered us with arrows that shot out of her eye sockets.  At night when I would breast feed her and call her “my sweet baby,” I swear she would whisper back, “Earn it.”

Before she could crawl, I knew I was in trouble.  Her chubby cheeks, lavender eyes and easy smile would lure in any passers-by.  It was a trap.  I watched numerous adults actually jump backward from where they were leaning over her stroller and admiring her beauty once they received her dagger glare.  So disconcerting was this baby rage that it was not hard to feel as if you had suddenly been transported into a Stephen King novel.

When she was 2 and not quite speaking sentences yet, I took her and her brother to a kids museum.  My son spent a half-hour fastidiously building a forth with odd-sized cardboard boxes, but then another kid, about age 4, knocked it down.  My daughter marched up to that kid, grabbed him by the collar and shook an angry fist in his face.  She was spitting mad.  The boy’s dad looked over at me as if to say, “Aren’t you going to do something to stop her?”

Stop her?  No way!  This was a learning opportunity for me.  If I stopped her, I’d never know how far she’d go.  The dad and I watched on the edge of our seats as my baby — wearing a visible diaper, a tutu and a baseball shirt — shook her chubby fist in the boy’s face.  Her words came out loud, sharp and far apart.  “Don’t. Make. Brother. Sad.  OK?!”  He said, “OK, OK.”  Then she let go of his collar, took a deep breath, shook out her arms and paced around the room to walk it off.  The dad ran over to check on his son.  My son ran over and hugged his sister.  She melted in his arms.  My face hurt from smiling.

Does she watch Clint Eastwood movies with the baby-sitter?  How did she know to grab a collar?

That’s my daughter.  When she wants to be loving, she screams, “You are beautiful, OK?!”  or “I love you, OK?!”  She like the world’s craziest life coach.  She loves to snuggle and kisses and hugs.  She is obsessed with her hero of a big brother, but she knows heroes need rescuing, too.  She is loyal and loud and loving and demanding and fierce and gentle and happy and angry and brave and careful and smart and playful and wonderful.  So many ands.  Many of them scare me; all inspire me.

She turned 3 a few days ago.  When I wished my feisty girl a happy birthday, she said, “I’m not feisty!  I’m me!”

So true.

~  from the archives, Katiedid Langrock, copyright 2018 Creators

Fascinating Stuff


  • Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky is known for some really big things.  With more than 400 miles explored cave terrain and possibly 600 miles or more yet to be explored, it’s the longest cave system in the world.  It’s known for remarkable small things as well, such as the eyeless cavefish that populate its subterranean waters.  After thousands of years living in lightless environments, these little creatures have adapted to cave life; they have no skin pigment and no eyes.
  • Offered a new pen to write with, 97% of all people will write their own name.
  • Mockingbirds can imitate any sound from a squeaking door to a cat meowing.
  • Max Factor is considered the father of movie makeup; in fact, some people maintain that he made the noun makeup part of our vocabulary.  A beautician and wigmaker to the Russian royal family before immigrating to the U.S. in 1904, he formulated makeup in numerous skin tone shades that made actors and actresses look natural on-screen.  Performers liked it so much they took it home with them from the Set.  So Max Factor started making cosmetics for everyday use, and a company was born.
  • The largest U.S. city in area is Juneau, Alaska which covers 3,108 sq miles.  Los Angeles covers only 458.2 miles.
  • The vocabulary of the average person consists of 5,000-6,000 words.
  • For a brief period in 2010 Burger King offered a menu item called the Sprout Surprise Whopper to customers at select locations in the U.K.  It featured a burger topped with Brussels sprouts and Emmental Swiss cheese.  You might not be surprised to hear the sandwich was not a big hit.  Give credit for trying, though.  Brussels sprouts are healthy, tasty little relatives of cabbage and broccoli.  They just might not be the best burger topping.

Leslie’s Trivia Bits, TM

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