It was a frigid 64° when I got up this morning. Refreshing. Making progress on the project that goes by the name, “Returning to the Civilized.” College football commences in earnest this evening and continues through the long weekend. Mr. Big Food is excited. As am I.
An annotated Declaration of Independence is here, complete with what prompted the inclusion of each Grievance. As I could not figure out how to embed a real survey, we will do this the old fashioned way. Please use the Comments to answer the following three questions. Thanks! Which of the Grievances is your favorite? Which
Originally posted July 3, 2013. Thomas Jefferson & Co. presented The Grievances in ascending order of importance. Taxation without Consent was #17. In TJ’s mind then, Taxation without Representation wasn’t the worst of what the American People– a people whose heritage of freedom dated to the Magna Carta– had endured under the reign of King
Originally posted July 3, 2013. Reformatted. As just a reminder, “TL;DR” will not be published in the comments. This is the history of your country, for crying out loud! but are interesting historical notes. Can you imagine having to house troops in your barn? Or being denied the right to a trial by jury? Or
Originally posted July 2, 2013. Reformatted. Contemporary commentary, if any, in blue. Grievance 17 of 27 For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent [From The Good Years: From 1900 to the First World War (Walter Lord, Harper & Brothers, Publishers, New York, 1960). How anyone could refer to the years that brought us the
In late June, 2013, I began my “study” of the Grievances. Originally published June 30, 2013. Contemporary commentary in blue. And no– I do not want to see one singe TL;DR in comments. 😉 As I mentioned the other day, I thought I might study The Grievances— the 27 specific gripes the Colonists had with
Originally published June 28, 2018. Reformatted. Contemporary commentary in blue. Every American knows by heart how the Declaration of Independence begins. When in the Course of Human Events… I cannot recall what the circumstances were exactly six years ago, nor can I recall my state of mind, and I’m not inclined to go looking. But
Some years ago I studied The Grievances– the middle part of the Declaration of Independence. In the coming days, I will repost my reports of those studies with contemporary commentary. Also– SueK sent a recipe and I little story which I am also going to post tomorrow if she says it’s okay– stay tuned. Missy
June 6, 1944– Tonight’s communiqué just in from D-Day invasion headquarters summarizes the news. “Allied forces,” it says, “have succeeded in their initial landings in France; and fighting continues.” Lowell Thomas was the Walter Cronkite of radio. Beginning in 1930, he broadcast twice each evening on CBS radio. It was said that his voice had
Originally published June 12, 2013; formatting updated A bit of background about why I found this article so so so funny… . Yesterday I had occasion to learn a bit about Joseph Warren, who among other things, helped craft the Suffolk Resolves of 1774 which denounced Parliament after the Boston Tea Party. Paul Revere carried
Originally posted late June, 2016. The French Potato Salad was an integral part of tonight’s Marica Cooks Monday Cold Supper. Earlier this afternoon I was recounting the making of this potato salad to Miss M. She asked what made it French. Good Question. I had no answer. But the recipe did instruct to do something I’d never
It is the most beautiful and sacred of our national holidays, and its observance is of a dignified, reverent nature. Mary Emogene Hazeltine. Anniversaries and Holidays: A Calendar of Days and How to Observe Them. American Library Association, Chicago. 1928. From the 1965 edition: It is a day of heroes, a day to remember their sacrifices
Originally posted May 23, 2015 and not too subtly addressed to my children. “In Flanders Fields” is a poem written by physician and poet John McCrae on May 3, 1915 (thanks, wikipedia!) after the death of a friend and fellow soldier in WWI. Flanders, of course, refers to Belgium, specifically the western parts where during
6:29pm. In any case, Mr. Big Food asked a few minutes ago if we wanted to go outside and listen to some music. I said no. We really did not. I then reported these statistics to him and he responded that he would be watching a Reds baseball game on the TV set.
See the smoker smoking here. Mr. Big Food smoked it for about 4 1/2 hours. Then brought it in to cool. Then I sliced it as thin as I could get it with the electric slicer.
Mr. Big Food just hollered at me from the kitchen, “Hey, Marica! Look out the window!” “Is it picture worthy?” “Oh, yeah!” I just looked again and trust me– this was just getting started. The sirloin tip that will smoke over apple wood for four hours is destined to become Zesty Smoke Beef Roast.
I posted the following on October 2, 2013. Reposting it in its entirety (though reformatted) for the Memorial Day weekend, 2019. Ernie Pyle was an American journalist and war correspondent. A quick perusal of Brave Men confirms that he wrote from the perspective of the common soldier. A few snippets from Chapter 35, “A Last Word”: This final
Happy Day After Mother’s Day! A comment from SueK yesterday reminded me of something. We wished each other Happy Mother’s Day and she said, “Telephone time!” Kids were calling. Back in the crappy olden days when everyone had a landline, Mother’s Day was the busiest day of the year for calls. Sometimes when you tried
Surprise! It’s a Mother’s Day guest blog post! by Miss M from 2014 I have the best daughters!