Tuesday, February 27, 2007

A Girl named Lil ~ Caution : Risque

Some years back while taking a class in the art of Calligraphy I encountered the following Risque Limerick.
The Assignment was to copy a limerick using our best calligraphy techniques as a sample of our abilities.
My classmate Claudia, the first girl I ever met who smoked pot openly, submitted this memorable example.

Claudia and I eventually moved to new York City at the same time and remained friends for a number of years.
She became a Painter and Sculptor, selling a Sculpture to Diana Ross among others.
When assignments were read allowed and displayed in class Claudia's Limerick caused quite a stir.

I do not use my calligraphy skills much but I did remember this limerick.
Claudia got an "A" that semester

There once was a girl named Lil
Who used a Dynamite Stick for a Thrill
They found parts of her Vagina
In North Carolina
And Bits of her Tits in Brazil

Author Unknown

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Did you ever wonder what happened to the guy from Mad Magazine?


Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Jewish Grandmother "Secret" Chopped Liver

"Secret" Chopped Liver

2 Lbs Chicken Livers
1 Very Large Onion, diced
8 Eggs, Hard Boiled
Olive Oil (light) or vegetable oil
Salt to Taste
Pepper to Taste
Dash Seasoning Salt

Saute Onion slowly in Olive Oil until soft and golden over low heat (ten minutes or longer)
(Use a generous amount of oil to cover bottom of pan)
When Onions are done remove from pan
Use the pan of Oil from the Onions to fry the Chicken Livers until well done over low heat
Remove Livers from pan and let cool
Grate Livers & Eggs into a large Bowl
Combine with sauteed onions
Add Salt, Pepper and Seasoning Salt
Add some of the oil from frying to achieve a moist mixture

Serve as soon as possible
Will not keep more than one day

Monday, February 19, 2007


Luster Ware Bowl
ca. 1920's-1930's
Made in Japan

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Dreaming of Summer

My Garden in North-Eastern Pennslyvania

Friday, February 16, 2007

How Your Computer Works


Being Grateful

"If it is a new thought to you that gratitude brings your whole mind into closer harmony with the creative energies of the Universe, consider it well, and you will see that it is true"

Wallace Wattles

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The Family Jewels ~ My Grandmother

Mrs. Seymour Adams Ireland Blackburne

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Books of Note

" Life After Death "
The Burden of Proof
Deepak Chopra
Harmony Books * New York

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Feelin' Groovy ?

It's Time to revisit these ~

Petula Clark

These Boots are made for Walkin'
Nancy Sinatra

California Dreamin'
Mamas & The Papas

49th Street Bridge Song
Simon & Garfunkle

Daydream Believer

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Aunt Tillie's Cucumber Dill Dressing

1 Medium Cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
1 tablespoon or more of finely chopped or scraped onion
1 Cup Mayonnaise (Hellman's, originally from Manhattan's Upper West Side, is best)
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
1/2 Cup fresh Dill (finely chopped)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Pinch of Sugar if desired

Quarter cucumber in long direction after removing dark green skin. Remove seeds and pulpy portion in center. Cut remainder in to thin julienne (1/4" or finer) and cross cut to make fine dice.

Peel onion and cut in half through root end. Cut a few thin slices and chop fine, or scrape with spoon to get about one tablespoon of onion juice and scraped onion.

Juice half of lemon and remove seeds from juice.

Remove large stems from a big handful of dill (Fresh is much more fragrant and tasty), about 1/2 a bunch - the whole bunch if it is small. Thin stems are OK. Finely chop into threads and short pieces. Best to chop in three directions - once across, and two more times at opposing 45 degree angles - a few slightly larger pieces are OK.

In a medium bowl combine cucumber and all other ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste. A good teaspoon of fresh pepper is suggested, and about half of a teaspoon of salt. Depending on the purpose of the dressing, a bit of sugar may be added. A teaspoon or thereabouts depending on the taste of the cucumber being used. Allow flavors to develop for an hour or more.

Most delicious on first being made - but will keep several days covered tightly in refrigerator
Wonderful as a Salad dressing or as a garnish for Meat & Fish
My favorite is a dollop on top of Chili

Friday, February 2, 2007

who knew !

"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
Albert Einstein

Thursday, February 1, 2007

The Road Not Taken

Robert Frost (1874-1963) Mountain Interval. 1920

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.