HARMONICAS, WALDORF SALAD, 7 MILLION FLOWER BULBS, TRIVIA AND INSTANT KARMA
Hello All! Happy middle-of-the-week!
Presenting Wednesday Reader with lots of thoughts and fun tucked in its words. Enjoy!
Do I think my 12 year old self would think I’m cool?
Gotta say, yep, to that. Because my 12 year old self and I are still one and the same. We evolved together and we’re enjoying being our cool – whatever that is. You?
The WOLF YOU FEED
Remains one of my favorite parables.
Its message will be with you forever once you read it. Kinda like one of those things that’s also been said, “Can’t unsee it.” Powerful.
Speaks for itself — it, too, has a lot of power.
KINDA SORTA WALDORF SALAD
This is my spin on the original (although, probably shouldn’t even think about changing one single thing because it’s so iconic – but I have). * HERE * is the back story.
Tracy Beckerman and a harmonica with her dog is funny, funny, funny.
I can relate to animals and music. From the time I wake up in the morning until I retire to bed at night, there’s music playing in this home. My cats seem to enjoy the music as much as I.
And we (rather I) do mix it up from country, classical, rock, oldies throughout the day — not so much — as in never — Opera, HA. I just have never become an Opera fan.
Leslie Ellman’s Fascinating Stuff is always fascinating.
I especially love the 7 million bulbs planted on 79-acres in the Netherlands. Imagine being one of the people who plant a masterpiece that they can’t see what it’s gonna look like until spring. Very, very, very awesome.
Ohhhh then there’s the “White Lie” back story…
Read about both in Fascinating Stuff!
We thank you all so very much for giving us a piece of your Wednesday + loving + supporting us with your kind comments and thoughts. So grateful.
Have a great rest of your week.
We’ll catch ya on Friday.
Same time. Same place.
- PASTEURIZATION REMOVES PATHOGENS FROM MILK BY DOING WHAT TO IT?
a) Adding calcium
b) Heating it
c) Skimming fat
d) Spinning it in a centrifuge
- SOME NEW WORLD VULTURES LACK A SYRINX, WHICH MEANS THEY CAN’T DO WHAT?
a) Build nests
b) Digest meat
- WHAT FOOD FLAVORING COMES FROM THE FLOWER OF THE CROCUS SATIVUS?
WOULD YOUR 12 YEAR OLD SELF THINK YOU ARE COOL?
POP QUIZ ANSWERS
- Pasteurization removes pathogens from milk by heating it briefly at high temperature.
- Vultures without a syrinx, or vocal organ, can’t sing; they only hiss and grunt.
- Saffron comes from the flower of the Crocus sativus.
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THE WOLF YOU FEED
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside of people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.
‘ One is EVIL. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
‘ The other is GOOD. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
~ Author unknown. Beautiful parable from an email thread years ago
LIFE IS BETTER WHEN YOU CRY A LITTLE, LAUGH A LOT, AND THANKFUL FOR EVERYTHING YOU’VE GOT.
~ UNKNOWN ~
(( Instant Karma – see what happens if you simply watch and listen ))
RIDDLE ME THIS
WHAT 4-LETTER WORD CAN BE WRITTEN FORWARD, BACKWORD OR UPSIDE DOWN, AND STILL BE READ LEFT TO RIGHT?
KINDA SORTA WALDORF SALAD
A delicious spin on the classic.
GATHER ALL THE INGREDIENTS AND PREPARE THEM
- 1 cup good quality mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 3 TBSP fresh lemon juice
- 2 TBSP sugar
- 2 Granny Smith apples (you know, the lime green ones), cored and cut into 1/2″ cubes
- 2 Gala Apples, cored and cut into 1/2″ cubes
- 1 1/2 cups celery, thinly sliced
- 1 1/2 cups seedless, red grapes, halved
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup pecans, toasted and finely chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
FIRST – WHISK TOGETHER IN A MEDIUM LARGE BOWL
- Sour Cream
- Lemon Juice
NOW ADD IN AND STIR IN UNTIL ALL ARE HAPPILY MIXED
- Apple cubes
- Grape halves
- Dried cranberries
Season with salt and pepper and put in the refrigerator for at least an hour to let all mingle.
~ Hippie Cowboy recipe box
LOST IN SUBURBIA
CAN YOU BARK A FEW BARS?
BY TRACY BECKERMAN
My dog is not a big fan of heavy metal music. He doesn’t mind a few bars of country music, and he seems to appreciate jazz and classical, although he is indifferent to opera.
But strangely, oddly, and most un-doglike, he really, really seems to like anything that features …
Yes, a harmonica. Not a banjo, or a cello, or even a French horn. The dog knows what he likes and what he likes is the harmonica.
When he was a puppy, he liked any song that featured the word, “Hey!” Maybe he thought the singer was calling him. Maybe he thought that somehow there was a treat involved. Who knows? But whenever he heard the word “hey” in a song, he would come running into the room and perk his ears up. It didn’t work if I said it. Only if someone sang it. I was hoping if we could find someone to sing the phrase, “No, don’t pee om the floor,” it might have helped with the housebreaking. But alas, that phrase did not show up on our Spotify list.
Many years went by and there didn’t seem to be anything else that caught his ear. But then one day a Bruce Springsteen song came on and Bruce wailed away on the harmonica. My dog Bowie came running in from another room and stopped dead in his tracks. He actually seemed to be listening to the song. I thought maybe it was because he was a Jersey dog and Springsteen is a Jersey guy. But as soon as the harmonica part stopped, Bowie lost interest, laid down and went to sleep.
I was flabbergasted at this realization, but I realized I needed to do true scientific study to test my hypothesis. So, I put on “Piano Man.” Billy Joel is not from New Jersey, so I thought this would be a good way to rule out New Jersey artists. Once again, when the harmonica started up, the dog’s head shot up in the air.
Since we had not, to my knowledge, played a lot of songs with harmonicas in them before, it was possible this was just something new that caught his attention — kind of like how I feel when I see a new pair of shoes. Was it indeed a passing fancy or was the dog suddenly taking an interest in mouth-blown instrumentation? H was a retriever and they like to have things in their mouths, after all.
I thought it might be fun to indulge the dog’s interest, so I did what any sane, middle-aged woman with too much time on her hands would do.
I bought a harmonica.
I thought, how hard could this be? It’s only got 10 holes. That’s nine holes more than a kazoo, which I play very well, so the odds were good I’d be a natural. Confident in my ability to pick up things quickly, I watched a short YouTube video called “How to play a harmonica in ten minutes,” and then I picked up my harmonica and blew. Shockingly, the resulting sound was not a melodic convergence of musical notes. It was, instead, a convergence of the sound an elephant makes when he trumpets and a piano blowing up.
Before I even got to the end, the dog had run out of the room.
So, apparently, my dog doesn’t, in fact, like harmonica playing.
He likes GOOD harmonica playing.
~ Tracy Beckerman is the author of the Amazon Bestseller, “Barking at the Moon: A Story of Life, Love, and Kibble.
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- Elmer the bull, mascot of Elmer’s adhesive products since 1947, is the “husband” of Elsie the cow, mascot of Borden’s dairy products. Elsie appeared first, in ads encouraging people to drink milk. She and Elmer “married” in 1940 and later became parents to Beulah, Beauregard and the twins Larabee and Lobelia. The cartoon Elsie was so beloved, Borden chose a fawn-colored Jersey cow to be the “real-life” Elsie at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City. When that cow died, her obituary was published in The New York Times.
- The Ruppell’s griffon vulture is the world’s highest-flying bird, soaring to altitudes above 30,000 feet, high enough to collide with airplanes – which has happened. Native to Africa, the birds have natural adaptations that will allow them to breathe at altitudes where oxygen is limited. They nest and breed in high mountains and spend hours each day flying around looking for carrion and prey on the ground.
- A 1982 U.S. postage stamp that honored Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the 100th anniversary of his birth shows a grinning FDR seated in the back seat of an open car, his trademark cigarette holder between the fingers of his left hand. It’s known among philatelists as the last instance of a cigarette being depicted on a U.S. postage stamp. Later stamps honoring journalist Edward. R. Murrow, musician Robert Johnson and artist Jackson Pollock were based on photos in were smoking, but the cigarettes were removed from the final artwork.
- Starting in early October and ending in early December each year, a team of 40 gardeners plants 7 million flowering bulbs — by hand! — in the meticulously planned beds of Keukenhof garden in the Netherlands. Mainly a showcase for Dutch commercial flower growers, the 79-acre Keukenhof garden is open to the public for just eight weeks a year when the hyacinths, crocuses, daffodils and tulips are blooming.
- The term “white lie,” meaning a harmless fib, turns out to be older than you might realize. Some smart detective work by a team of volunteer tanscribers working with the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., and the Oxford English Dictionary in the U.K. found it in a letter dated April 10, 1567. The letter-writer used the expression to describe his brother-in-laws habit of not telling the truth, a habit as old as time.
~ COPYRIGHT 2023 LESLIE ELMAN
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