Wednesday Reader March 6

BEAUTIFUL ART ILLUSTRATIONS, TRIVIA, RIDDLE, QUICK QUESTION TO PONDER, HUMOROUS GRANDPARENT STORIES + TRACY BECKERMAN’S JOIN THE CLUB, THAI STYLE HERB CHICKEN BREAST RECIPE

Happy Wednesday!

March is sure rolling in fast and it’s been very pleasant temps thus far.  I’m in no hurry for the wrath of summer’s hot + humid temps so I’m a happy camper.

Super cool Wednesday Read to present today:

Beginning with —

LESLIE ELMAN’S TRIVIA AND FASCINATING STUFF
I sooo revisited Simon and Garfunkel’s,  “The Sounds of Silence” (*click and listen here*) I totally listened to Simon and Garfunkel a bazillion years ago as a teenager, but hadn’t heard this particular song in a very long time.  It’s pretty.  And, nope, I didn’t know the answer to the Pop Quiz regarding what/where are the prophets words revealed in the lyrics of the song.  I’ll never forget now.  It was cool to relisten to the song.

QUICK QUESTION
Me?  Street smarts or Book smarts?   hmmmm — good question.  I enjoy reading a lot and always have.  And life experiences have also taught me to be Street smarts – as in traveling all around the country working on shows.  So, I’ll say Street smarts.  However, reading the pages of my favorite books also revealed in the tales to be aware of my surroundings via my favorite characters in books.  You? 

I adore the PRICELESS GRANDPARENT STORIES!
Outta the mouths of kiddos is full-on laughter.

5 WORDS THAT START WITH “F”
Well, those came fun and fast to me.  Look, there are 2!  Ha

THAI STYLE GRILLED HERB CHICKEN BREAST RECIPE
Is outstanding.  I love fried chicken, lemon chicken, chicken salad, chicken and dumplings, chicken noodle soup…
However, spring and all through the summer – can’t get enough of these Thai Style Grilled Herb Chicken Breasts.  Bet if ya make ’em, they’ll be on repeat in your household from now until the leaves start dropping this coming fall.  They’re seriously that good.

TRACY BECKERMAN’S “JOIN THE CLUB”
Had me laughing-out-loud.  People are people and are amusing to me.  Same, as me, probably being amusing inadvertently to them.  Haha

THANKS ALL FOR BEING PART OF THE DAYMAKER READABLE ART COMMUNITY
We love and appreciate ya!  Have a great rest of your week.

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Friday
Same Time
Same Place

POP QUIZ

  1. IN THE HIGHLAND GAMES EVENT CALLED THE CABER TOSS, WHAT TYPE OF OBJECT IS THE CABER?
    a)  Boulder
    b)  Cement block
    c)  Coin
    d)  Tree trunk
  2. WRITTEN IN 1965, WHILE THE AUTHOR WAS IN PRISON, “SOUL ON ICE” IS WHAT MAN’S MEMOIR?
    a)  Muhammad Ali
    b)  Johnny Cash
    c)  Eldridge Cleaver
    d)  Malcolm X
  3. ACCORDING TO SIMON AND GARFUNKEL’S SONG “THE SOUND OF SILENCE,” WHERE ARE THE WORDS OF THE PROPHETS WRITTEN?
    a)  On the back of my hand
    b)  In books no one has read, on the shelves in my head
    c)  On a street where angels live
    d)  On the subway walls and tenement halls

QUICK QUESTION

STREET SMARTS OR BOOK SMARTS?

POP QUIZ ANSWERS

  1. In the Highland Games event called the caber toss, the caber is a pole made from the trunk of a tree.
  2. Published in 1968, “Soul on Ince” was written in 1965 while he was serving in prison.
  3. According to Simon and Garfunkel’s song “The Sound of Silence,” the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenement halls.

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PRICELESS GRANDPARENT STORIES

  • After  putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair.  As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin.  At last she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings.  As she left their room, she heard the three-year-old say with a trembling voice, “Who was THAT?”
  • A grandmother was telling her granddaughter what her own childhood was like:  “We used to skate outside on a pond.  We had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard.  We rode our pony.  We picked wild raspberries in the woods.”  The little girl was wide-eyed, taking all this inAt last she said, “I sure wish I’d gotten to know you sooner!”
  • A grandmother didn’t know if her granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so she decided to test her.  She’d point to something and ask what color it was.  The little girl would tell her grandma and was always correct.  It was fun for the grandmother, so she continued.  At last the little girl headed for the door, saying sagely, “Grandma, I think you should try to figure out some of these for yourself!”
  • When a Grandfather and grandson entered their vacation cabin, they kept the lights off until they were inside to keep from attracting pesky insects.  Still a few fireflies followed them in.  Noticing the fireflies before the grandfather did, the little grandson whispered, “It’s no use, Grandpa.  The mosquitoes are coming after us with flashlights.”
  • When a grandson asked his grandmother how old she was, she teasingly replied, “I’m not sure.”  “Look in your underwear, Grandma,” he advised.  “Mine says I’m four to six.”
  • A nursery school teacher was outside in the playground with the children one day when a fire truck zoomed past.  Sitting in the front seat of the fire truck was a Dalmatian dog.  The kids started discussing the dog’s duties.  “They use him to keep crowds back,”  said one youngster.  “No,”  said another, “he’s for good luck.”  A third child brought the argument to a close — “They use the dog,” she said firmly, “to find the fire hydrant.”
  • A second grader came home from school and said to her grandmother, “Grandma, guess what?  We learned how to make babies today.”  The grandmother, more than a little surprised, responded.  “That’s interesting,” she said, “How do you make babies?”  “Simple,” replied the little girl.  “You just change ‘y’ to ‘i’ and add ‘es.'”

~ From a wonderful email saved in my collection

THE MAGIC IS INSIDE OF YOU,
THERE AIN’T NO CRYSTAL BALL.
~ DOLLY PARDON ~

((NAME 5 WORDS THAT START WITH “F”))

RIDDLE ME THIS

WHAT CAN BE TOUCHED BUT NOT SEEN?

THAI STYLE HERB GRILLED CHICKEN BREASTS

These chicken breasts are moist and packed with flavor.  Delicious / Fabulous as spring’s coming our way all through the summer.  (( Might seem like a lot of ingredients for chicken breasts – but it’s really not – and WELL worth 10 minutes to prepare something so stellar.))  Serve on top of a favorite green salad, cold noodle salad, as the main character in a  sandwich between 2 slices of thin artisan bread slices or solo on a dinner plate with roasted potato chunks + fresh sauteed spinach.  Serves about 6

HERE’S HOW WE MAKE IT:

  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 5 TBSP fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 TBSP soy sauce
  • 3 TBSP fish sauce (Nam Pla – found in the Asian/Oriental section at the grocery market)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 TBSP brown sugar
  • 2 serrano chilies, seeded and minced
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

COMBINE:

All ingredients (except chicken) in a blender of food processor and whirrrr until smooth.

PLACE CHICKEN BREASTS IN A PLASTIC ZIPPER BAG

ADD THE MARINADE MIXTURE IN TO THE BAG ON TOP OF THE CHICKEN BREASTS
(The herbs + other ingredients you just whirred around in a blender or food processor)  and zip it closed and “massage” the bag until the marinade covers the chicken breasts.

CHILL BAG FLAT IN REFRIGERATOR

For at least 2 hours or overnight – shaking bag from time to time so chicken gets a good marinating thing going on (I personally, like the overnight time method).

WHEN READY TO COOK – FIRE UP THE OUTSIDE GRILL TO MEDIUM-HIGH HEAT

Place marinated chicken on grill and cook until done – about 4-5 minutes – each side.

REMOVE FROM GRILL AND LET REST ON KITCHEN COUNTERTOP ABOUT 10 MINUTES – SLICE FOR SALAD TOPPER or LEAVE WHOLE IF YOU CHOOSE TO SERVE OTHERWISE

~ Hippie Cowboy recipe box

RIDDLE ANSWER

SOMEONE’S HEART

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LOST IN SUBURBIA

JOIN THE CLUB
BY TRACY BECKERMAN

“I got an invitation on Facebook to join the Magnetic Eyelashes Fan Club,” I told my husband as I stared at my computer screen.

“What does that even mean?”  he asked incredulously.

“It’s a group on Facebook for people who like magnetic eyelashes, I assume.”

“Is that a thing?”  he asked.

“Apparently,” I sad.  “Although I don’t wear fake eyelashes, magnetic or otherwise, so I don’t know why I got an invite.”

I sighed.  This wasn’t the first time I’d been invited to join an obscure club on Facebook.  It seemed like recently the invites were coming faster and faster and the clubs were becoming more and more specific.  There was the club for “People Who Prefer Camels with One Hump, Not Two.”  Yet another club called “When I Was Your Age Pluto Was a Planet.”  And the ever-popular “Friends Don’t Let Friends Wear Mom Jeans.”  I was invited to each of these, and I can’t fathom why.  I don’t really have any opinions one way or another about any of these, and especially the number of humps a camel should have.  I’m more concerned with not getting too close to a camel so I don’t get spit on.

Since my Facebook friends were the ones who were inviting me to join Facebook groups, it occurred to me that I didn’t need to stop getting Facebook group invites.  I needed to get get some new Facebook friends.

“I got another invite for a group called ‘I Always Push the Door That Says Pull, ‘” I continued.

“What is there to talk about in that group?”  my husband wondered.

“Not much, I guess.  I think it’s more about keeping out the people who pull the door that says ‘push,'” I said.

“You know, there is a way to stop getting these group invites,” said my husband.

“What?”

“Stop going on Facebook,” he said.

“I can’t do that,” I replied.

“Why not?”

“Because then I wouldn’t know what stupid Facebook groups my friends are all joining.”

He sighed and left the room.  But the issue gnawed at me.  Every time I went on Facebook, I was bombarded by invites.  In the past 24 hours, I got invites to “People Who Suffer from the Fear that Somewhere, Somehow, a Duck is Watching You,” “Gnomes are People, Too,” and the somewhat relatable “I Use the Word Thingy When I Forget What It’s Called,” which is a group I might actually join.  It got to the point where I was so busy deleting group requests that I almost didn’t have time to tell all my friends I secretly prefer camels with one hump.

“You know, all these invites got me thinking,” I finally said to my husband.

“I decided I’m going to start my own Facebook group.”

“What is it?”  he asked.

“People on Facebook Who Hate Facebook Groups.”

~ Tracy Beckerman is the author of the Amazon Bestseller,  “Barking at the Moon:  A Story of Life, Love, and Kibble.”
You can visit her at www.tracybeckerman.com
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Fascinating Stuff

FASCINATING STUFF

  • The first female host of the Academy Awards ceremony was Agnes Moorehead, who co-hosted with Dick Powell in 1948.  By that time, she’d been nominated for two best supporting actress Oscar and would receive two more nominations.  That was long before she became known to TV audiences as Samantha’s flamboyant mom, Endora, on “Bewitched.”
  • The National Football League has limited edition commemorative coins minted for the coin toss at the start of the Super Bowl.  For regular season games, however, it’s typically up to the head referee to choose the coin that will be flipped before the start of play.  One veteran official used the same Eisenhower silver dollar for every coin toss throughout his career.  When he retired, he had that coin framed.
  • Swiss figure skater Denise Biellmann won both the European and the Word championships and was the first woman to execute a triple lutz jump in competition.  She retired from amateur competition in 1981 at age 18, yet her legacy continues.  A standing spin in which the skater reaches back over her shoulder to grasp one boot and extend it above her head was Biellmann’s signnature move.  It’s now known as the Biellmann spin.
  • The first movie version of “Frankenstein” was a 16-minute silent film made in 1910 by Thomas Edison’s studios.  Though Edison was famous for applying electricity to countless practical uses, the monster in this film was brought to life by lighting, but by cooking it in a fiery cauldron within a sealed chamber.
  • New Year celebrations on the island of Bali start with two days of noisy parades and parties followed by Nyepi, the day of silence, when everyone literally “unplugs” to free themselves from sensory distractions for 24 hours.  No cars, no TV, no radio, no phones … Observant Hindus won’t even use electricity or light candles.  If you were in a plane flying over Bali, the island would be completely dark and undetectable.  You couldn’t land if you wanted to:  During Nyepi, even the airport shuts down.

~ COPYRIGHT 2024 LESLIE ELMAN
DISTRIBUTED BY CREATORS.COM

10 replies
  1. Carol says:

    “Sounds of Silence” brought back lots of memories, my favorite being attending a Simon & Garfinkel concert at Fair Park way back when. They closed with that song and everything was silent – for a brief moment. (Interesting about the words of the prophet. . .)

    Thanks for the memories!

    • Cheryl Clarson says:

      I’m so delighted that “Sounds of Silence” memories found you, Carol, and was a happy one revisiting attending a Simon & Garfunkel concert. That had to have been a cool experience for sure.

      Thank you for reading and engaging. Grateful!

  2. Marty says:

    My oh my, Daymaker’s beautiful art illustrations always bring me peace and wonder. As i studied today’s sweet bird, at the same time birds are chirping away in our back yard. It seems they all caught the same message as they tour one birdhouse after another. They go inside for a minute or so, and do some type of thought process, then out they pop and off to check out another “rental” or go in search of a safe spot to build their own. And what about the landlord? Oh I’m fetching more birdseed for their fine dining pleasure!

    • Cheryl Clarson says:

      Hey Marty –

      I love the art illustrations, as well. I have so much love and fun choosing them and then “decorating” the post with like pieces.

      Sounds like your birds are a ton of fun to watch and feed. JOY!

      Thank you!

  3. Trent Garrison says:

    The answer to the second trivia question isn’t answered…. The name is left out. I’ll spend the rest of my day wondering….! Love it!

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