Sunday, May 25, 2014


Memorial Day is almost upon us in the United States, reminding us that many people have lost their lives in defense of their country.  One can only hope there will be a day when war is obsolete, and peace and harmony are the only way forward.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Useful Word

jeroboam, noun – a very large bottle, usually used for wine, which can hold as much liquid as four normal bottles of wine.

Thought for the Day

“The continuing struggle was once described in the following metaphor by a patient who had successfully completed a long course of psychotherapy: 'I came to therapy hoping to receive butter for the bread of life.  Instead, at the end, I emerged with a pail of sour milk, a churn, and instructions on how to use them.' ”

Sheldon B. Kopp

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Sun Bathing

Pizza Time

I have just started playing around with making my own pizzas at home.  So let me throw out this question: has anyone had experience making their own pizzas?  If so, do you have any tips, ideas or caveats to share?  Thanks for considering my query.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Libation Time

The weather is hopefully warming up and summer looms somewhere on the horizon.  As such, you should start your week off with a cocktail.  This one hails from Germany.

Watermelon Man


  • 2 ounces of Vodka

  • 1 ounce of Watermelon Schnapps

  • 1 ounce of Cointreau Liqueur

  • 1/2 ounce of Lime Juice

  • 12 ounces of 7Up

  • Ice Cubes


  1. Fill your favorite cocktail shaker with the liquid ingredients.
  2. Add ice cubes to shaker.
  3. Shake vigorously.
  4. Pour into a suitable glass.
  5. Enjoy.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Evocative French Word

manqué, adjective - failing to live up to a specific ambition or desire; failing to become what one might have been.  (manquér literally means to miss in French).

usage - John was so promising when he was young, but he only acts in those dreadful exploitation films these days.  He is an actor manqué.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Looking Out