2015 Kids’ “State Dinner”


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The place setting for the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room of the White House, July 18, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon) The place setting for the Kids’ State Dinner in the East Room of the White House, July 18, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

2015 Kids’ “State Dinner” Winners Announced!

Today, fifty-five talented and aspiring young chefs found out they are headed to the White House this summer for the fourth annual Kids’ “State Dinner!” With nearly one thousand entries submitted, the winning recipes were selected based on their healthfulness, taste, originality, affordability, and following USDA’s MyPlate recommendations. We were extremely impressed with the incredible recipes that kids cooked up this year!

“Reading over these winning recipes, two things become very clear,” says First Lady Michelle Obama. “America’s kids are passionate about not just eating healthy food, but about cooking healthy food, too.  And we’re raising some truly inventive and talented chefs. I…

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Short Story With A Big Lesson. . .

Beautiful Wolves

Beautiful Wolves

A Cherokee was instructing his grandson about a battle that goes on in every human being. He said to the young man, “the battle is between two wolves. One wolf is slothful, cowardly, vain, arrogant, and full of self-pity, sorrow, regret, envy and anger. The other wolf is diligent, courageous, humble, benevolent, and full of compassion, joy, empathy and faith”. Then there was a silence.

The grandson thought about the wolves for a moment and then asked his grandfather, “which wolf wins?”

The Cherokee elder replied, “the one you feed”. . .

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A heartbroken spirit haunts an East Village home


An October read. . .

Originally posted on Ephemeral New York:


Gertrude Tredwell, born into privilege in genteel 19th century New York, had many advantages.

She also reportedly had a domineering father and a lost love. And 80 years after her death, her spirit is rumored to roam the house where she lived all of her 93 years.

Her life began in 1840, the youngest of the eight children of merchant Seabury Tredwell.

Tredwell had a successful hardware business, and five years before Gertrude was born, he moved his brood into a new Federal-style townhouse on East Fourth Street.


At the time, the area between Washington Square Park and recently opened Lafayette Place was the most fashionable section of the city.

Gertrude grew up in comfort, but her life took a tragic turn. “According to the family’s history, Gertrude fell in love with a doctor, Lewis Walton,” wrote Philip Ernest Schoenberg in Ghosts of Manhattan.

“But her father, an Episcopalian…

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31 Days of Spook – I Got a Spell on You


Spooky Stories from my fav pet pig, Bacon! 👻

Originally posted on Piglove:

Happy October my spooky friends.  Today is my first day of 31 Days of Spook.  I think Winifred from Hocus Pocus said it best with the attached song, I Put a Spell on You.  Evil snorts – that means you have to come back every day to see what kind of spooky things I have to post and share.  Now everyone sing along with me –

I put a spell on you and now you’re mine
You can’t stop the things I do, I ain’t lyin’
It’s been 300 years, right down to the day
Now the witch is back and there’s hell to pay

I put a spell on you and now you’re mine

Hello, Salem, my name’s Winifred, what’s yours?

I put a spell on you and now you’re gone
My whammy fell on you and it was strong
Your wretched little lives, have all been…

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Degrees of Separation

Originally posted on Behind the White Coat:


It’s all over Facebook.

Crazy talk. Out of character, oddly religious posts about God and tough times. A subliminal cry for help.


But I am not on Facebook. Someone had to show me….

She filed for divorce.

I dislike him. Sometimes I have even hated him:

You will always be NOTHING! You are worthless as a woman unless you are a mother. You are so stupid. No degree will ever make you smart!I wonder if he even remembers saying those things to me on the eve of starting medical school? She was standing there watching. Childish words hurt so much worse when they are said by grown ups.

But they have kids.

I hurt for those kids.

“You need to pray that they get back together.”

How can I do that when I don’t even know the whole story? Hell. Do I even want to know all…

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