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ART, HUMOR, FOOD and INSPIRATION | July 26

Greetings!  Presenting July 26th Wednesday Reader.

The beautiful, cool art illustrations are circus themed today.  “Greatest Show on Earth” – Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey posters and a few others that are of the similar.

Do Circus’ still exist anymore?

I read a while back that Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey are no longer…  I don’t understand all the why’s.

I  remember attending at the Metra … The Greatest Show on Earth as a kid in Billings, Montana, and it was S*P*E*C*T*A*C*U*L*A*R.

Imagine!  This giant production came to Montana – and performed for us like we were New York City – or somewhere WAY BIGGER than a not so big town in Montana.  Lots of laughs, claps and oh-ahhh’s!

Absolutely one of the most magical 2 hours in my childhood memory.  … the costumes, the animals, the theatrical performances, everything larger than life experience.

Quick Question – Most annoying noise(s).
Two quickly pop in my head :
* the popping/snapping of gum being chewed
* hot coffee being slurpped
You?

HELP OTHERS WIN – is so full of heart! 
I love this tale – true or not.  Just the thought that it might have been makes me smile with happy!

Thai style Chicken Breast recipe is one of my favorites.  It’s just so, so, very good!  Try it!  You will be amazed of its deliciousness!

Tracy Beckerman’s Lost in Suburbia never disappoints me.  She’s so real.

We are so thrilled and thankful for giving us a piece of your time today to slide by and read.  And comment + share.

Happy Wednesday.
We’ll see ya Friday.

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POP QUIZ

  1. WHO WAS PICTURED ON THE FIRST COVER OF “SPORTS ILLUSTRATED,” AUG. 16, 1954?
    a)  Roger Bannister
    b)  Cassius Clay
    c)  Mickey Mantle
    d)  Eddie Mathews
  2. WHO IS THE ONLY PRESIDENT TO WIN A PULITZER PRIZE?
    a)  Jimmy Carter
    b)  Dwight D. Eisenhower
    c)  John F. Kennedy
    d)  Harry S. Truman
  3. ROUGHLY HOW MANY MILES DO COMPETITORS RIDE DURING THE 21-DAY TOUR DE FRANCE BICYCLE RACE?
    a)  500
    b)  1,700
    c)  2,200
    d)  4,300
5 For Friday February 16

QUICK QUESTION

WHAT’S THE MOST ANNOYING NOISE(s) TO YOU?

POP QUIZ ANSWERS

    1. The first cover of “Sports Illustrated” showed the perfect swing of slugger Eddie Mathews in a photo titled “Night Baseball in Milwaukee.”
    2. John F. Kennedy won a 1957 Pulitzer Prize for his book “Profiles in Courage.”
    3. Competitors ride 3,450 kilometers — roughly 2,200 miles — over 21 days in the Tour de France.

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HELP OTHERS WIN

I have no clue if this story is truth – I’d like to believe it so.  From an old email thread I got years ago.
So the story goes:

A few years ago at a Special Olympics event, nine contestants, all physically or mentally disabled, assembled at the starting line for the 100 yard dash.  All race ready to relish and win!

Boom!  The nine were off and running the 100 yard dash.

Uh – ohhh …

One boy fell on the asphalt when the race began.  He tumbled over a couple of times and began to cry.

The other eight heard the boy.

They slowed down and looked back.

The eight turned around and went back.  Every one of them.

One girl with Down’s Syndrome bent down and kissed him and said, “This will make it better.”

The boy stood up.

And all nine linked arms and walked across the finish line together.

Everyone in the stadium stood, and the cheering went on for several minutes.

Why?  Because deep down most of us believe one thing:
What matters in this life is more than winning for ourselves.

What truly matters in this life is helping others win — even if it means slowing down and changing our course.

FEAR NOT; COURAGE CONQUERS ALL

(( Starve the landfills.  Recycle. ))

RIDDLE ME THIS

IT HAS NO TOP OR BOTTOM BUT IT CAN HOLD FLESH, BONES, AND BLOOD ALL AT THE SAME TIME.

WHAT IS THIS ITEM?

THAI STYLE HERB GRILLED CHICKEN BREASTS

These chicken breasts are moist and packed with flavor.  Delicious on a warm summer’s night with a cold noodle or lettuce salad.

Here’s how we make it:

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

COMBINE ALL INGREDIENTS (except chicken) in a blender or small food processor.  Mix until smooth.

Place chicken breasts in a zipper plastic bag – add the marinade mixture.

Chill in the fridge, shaking up bag occasionally, for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Cook chicken on a prepared barbecue grill (medium-high heat) for about 6-7 minutes per side.

Take off the grill and let rest a few minutes.

Serve half breasts with a side of a noodle or lettuce salad.
OR slice chicken breasts and top off noodle or lettuce salad.
OR sliced and placed on a fresh baguette as a summer sandwich dinner.

~ Hippie Cowboy recipe box

RIDDLE ANSWER

A RING

LOST IN SUBURBIA

HAVING SKIN IN THE GAME
BY TRACY BECKERMAN

Dear Company That Makes All My Skincare Products:

I am writing to tell you that I am a BIG fan of your products.  They work wonderfully and I’m truly thrilled that you have products that meet all my needs: moisturizer, sun protection, hair care and deodorant.  I also like the way everything is in similar-sized tubes, so it all looks nice when arranged on my vanity.  My husband, of course, thinks I’m nuts for wanting all my products to line up nicely, but this is coming from a guy who squeezes his toothpaste from the middle, so I wouldn’t put much stock in his opinions.

Anyway, there is one thing I would like to ask your help on.  While it certainly looks nice to have all the tubes the same size, it can make for an unplanned and unwelcome skincare experience.

For instance, this morning I went to use my moisturizer, and I grabbed the wrong tube.  Without realizing it, I squeezed the contents of the tube into my hands and then slathered deodorant all over my face.  While it’s nice to know that I won’t have a smelly face, it really wasn’t the outcome I was hoping for.  It was also nice to know that my face would stay dry all day, although, unfortunately, it dried white and now I look like a mime.

The bigger issue though, was that this mistake then created a domino effect where I put my sun protection under my arms, moisturizer in my hair and hair-care product all over my body to add volume and bounce to the hair on my arms and legs.  Yes, I know all these products have a different consistency, and I should have noticed that, but I was busy watching my husband squeeze the life out of his toothpaste, so I was distracted.

I actually thought the sun protection under my arms was not a terrible thing, as long as I wore a tank top and had my arms raised over my head any time I was outside in the sun.  But the moisturizer made my hair flat and greasy, which is a good look for a serial killer, but not so much for me.  And, of course, my body was so slick from the hair-care product that when I tried to put on my jeans, they stuck to me and now I’m pretty sure I will be buried in them when I die because they are never coming off.

Which leads us to my question.  I would like to request that you change the sizes of the tubes, so no one else ever suffers the experience of looking like a serial killer mime wearing slick jeans and a tank top, who, at least, will not have a smelly face.

Most sincerely,
Tracy Beckerman

~ 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
COPYRIGHT 2023 CREATORS

FASCINATING STUFF

FASCINATING STUFF

  • When Daniel Chester French was a teenager, he received his first set of sculpting tools from May Alcott Nieriker, the sister of author Louisa May Alcott (and inspiration for the character of Amy in Louisa’s novel “Little Women”).  Thus began the great American scupltor’s career.  French is best known for the seated statue of Abraham Lincoln inside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.  His other works include the John Harvard statue at Harvard University, “Alma Mater” at Columbia University, “Beneficence” at Ball State University and the design for the Pulitzer Prize medal.
  • Whale sharks, the biggest sharks in the world (and the biggest fish in the ocean) have teeth, but they don’t use them for chewing.  Instead they suck in gallons and gallons of water and filter it through their rows of raspy teeth to catch all the plankton, plants and tiny sea creatures they need to eat.  Whale sharks typically grow to be 40 feet long — sometimes nearly twice that long — and they may live for as long as 100 years if humans leave them alone.
  • Way back when, performers would stand beneath the branches of an old elm tree outside the Harlem Lafayette Theatre in New York City and make wishes for career success.  The tradition of wishing under the “Tree of Hope” continued until 1934 when the tree was cut down to make way for road expansion.  Fortunately, one wise soul salvaged a big chunk of the trunk that he placed onstage at Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater.  Since then, it’s been tradition for performers to touch the Tree of Hope for luck before taking the stage.
  • One of the earliest televised weather broadcasts in the United States came from a small studio at Penn State University in 1957.  Meteorology professor Charles Hosler used chalk on a blackboard to illustrate weather patterns for TV audiences.  By 1965, Penn State had its own PBS station (now called WPSU).  More than sixty years after its start in a basement studio on campus, “Weather World” is still on the air.

~ COPYRIGHT 2023 LESLIE ELMAN
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5 replies
  1. Carol says:

    I have to agree with you on the most annoying noises. And I would add people smacking their food.

    I used to love the circus as well. Sometimes we’d get to see the animals arriving or departing via the circus train. Always a treat.

    Another yummy recipe for the file. Great stories – one tender, one humorous.

    All fun!

    Happy Birthday, Cheryl!!!

  2. Marty says:

    Re: The Circus. Who didn’t love it when the circus came to town. You could count on every person you knew planning on going to the circus. After we all got seated, the lights were turned low, then came a huge spotlight shining brightly on the center ring where the beautifully dressed ringmaster would walk into that magic light and with his microphone in hand announce, “Laaaadies and gentlemen, boys and girls… At that time we were off into another world. What a beautiful memory. Thank you Daymaker for the reminder. If there was such a thing as a do over in life, I would run to the circus with joyful laughter all the way there and all the way back home.

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