The thoughts of a writer.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Easy Way to Cook Beets

If you like beets like I do, but your family doesn't like them, like mine doesn't, you can still enjoy this wonderfully healthy food. The absolute easiest way to make them that I have found, is to bake them in foil like a baked potato. I also like to double wrap them in foil and bake them on hot coals. Nothing more is needed. Simply unwrap, peel and eat!


Friday, October 13, 2017

Kids & Germs

When I see my otherwise intelligent and happy child touch every surface around him as he navigates a public area; and then touch his face or eat with his hands, it is no mystery why children come down with colds and transmittable illness so easily. And while he will whine about his nose or his throat and act miserable, and while I can so easily teach him almost everything else, including hand washing, it is virtually impossible to make him understand that touching everything and then touching his face or eating with his hands is going to significantly increase the likelihood of his getting sick. I think that touching things is hardwired as a part of learning—but it really is hard for a parent to helplessly see his kid "playing Russian roulette" with germs and viruses.

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Monday, October 09, 2017

View from Mill City Museum


Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Everyone Needs 10 to 46 Assault Rifles

Everyone Needs 10 to 46 Assault Rifles
UnAssociated Press
October 4, 2017

If the tragic shooting deaths of 59 Americans (and hundreds more wounded) in Las Vegas shows us anything, it is that more guns, and particularly more assault rifles are desperately needed in the United States of America. No one can be truly safe, until everyone in America is heavily armed and toting an assault rife. Every American home should have 10 to 46 assault rifles loaded, and at the ready.

While democrats are calling for stricter gun laws, Republicans are saying that reducing the number of guns will not stop anyone from being shot as long as there are people running around with guns.
"The answer is more guns," said an NRA spokesman. "Until we can get at least one assault rifle into the hands of every man, woman and child in the United States, no one will be safe! Only a madman would be unable to see the logic in (everyone) walking around with numerous high capacity weapons!
Indeed, it seems that the entire answer to freedom and safety lies with everyone in the USA being heavily armed at all times.

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Monday, October 02, 2017

Tom Petty has Left the Building...

Oliver Kelley Farm


NFL Protest: Locked Arms

OK I have to admit that I don't find the "locking arms" thing during the national anthem to be particularly disrespectful. I still don't like the "taking a knee" or holding up a fist. It seems the locking arms players were still being respectful. Of course, one could argue that to take a knee, a person may be showing subordination--such as how one might greet royalty. I guess holding up a fist could somehow show support for a strong nation as well. Maybe the players should wear tutus and dance if they want to make their point.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

NFL Protest: A Better Way

If the NFL players would really like to make a positive difference in society, they could start by reducing the number of babies that they are "fathering" that they have no intention of being "dads" too. Because becoming a father to a lot of children without taking responsibility for teaching them, making sure they do good in school, making sure they don't join gangs, or do drugs, or carry guns is irresponsible. It is also irresponsible to blame police for a problem that is largely the result of children growing up without good role models and learning how to be successful and responsible. A DAD invests time and effort in his children. A DAD cries sometimes because his kid is sick and he is up late at night with him/her. A DAD hugs his kids and tells them he loves them. It might be easier to blame the police and the country and everyone else rather than to take responsibility for your own actions, but in the end it solves nothing.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

CuTRis Takes a Knee at NFL

As a protest, I will now stop watching any football game (or sporting event) if the players "take a knee" or otherwise behave disrespectfully toward the country that has enabled them to become millionaires by playing a game. This is my right as a free American citizen. This has nothing to do with supporting Trump. He has lost my support already. Now it's time to see if professional sports can do without me too.

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