Wednesday, September 20, 2017

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day. đŸ”¥


đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day. đŸ”¥

Called Rep. Pete Olson to express my enthusiasm for weekend voting. It increases participation, allows working people to access the polls more easily, and reflects 21st century needs. I would like Congressman Olson to support H.R. 1094, the Weekend Voting Act.

Sent Thank You to Herbert Slatery, TN Attorney General for abandoning a lawsuit to sunset the DACA program. I appreciate that you see the real lives behind the labels and want to see young immigrants protected, rather than deported. Thank you for your leadership. 

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.

Sent postcards to Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
We support Medicare for All Americans!! You should too!!

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Sent card to 60 Minutes opposing their decision to give airtime to white supremacist, Steve Bannon. 

Sent cards to President Trump, Rep. Pete Olson, and Senators Cornyn and Cruz: Stop the interminable wars in the Middle East. 16 years is enough; we don't want another 16 years. 

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Called Senators Cornyn and Cruz: I approve of the special counsel investigation into Russia ties, and would like you to support two pieces of legislation that protect Robert Mueller from presidential dismissal. S. 1735 (sponsored by Sen. Graham) and S. 1741 (by Sen. Tillis). Please use your influence to spark action on these stalled bills. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Proving Ground by Peter Blauner


Proving Ground by Peter Blauner

Proving Ground by Peter Blauner is a relentless thriller about an ex GI, Natty Dresden , who comes home to find his liberal father David has been murdered. He desperately wants to find the killer but he has his own problems to deal with as well. He's got terrible dreams of killing a kid in Iraq and he fades in and out of reality. Drinking doesn't help and he almost kills a firefighter in a brawl. Meanwhile, the book's second narrator Lourdes , is a female cop who is also looking for David Dresden's killer. There is another story which works into all this, David Dresden was suing the government in The Mailman Case, which has to do with terrorism. Did the FBI have him knocked off? David is in no shape to take all this on but does anyway, and we go with him on this dark ride. It's a really well written novel, with great lines, and subtle observations. A very literary thriller, which substitutes brains and insight for loud explosions. 
This is the first in a series. I look forward to the next one. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

September Cooking - Apple-Pecan Muffins


3 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced 
1 cup sugar 
½ cup canola or vegetable oil 
Nonstick spray or paper muffin cups 
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour 
1 tablespoon baking powder 
½ teaspoon salt 
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon 
¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg 
½ cup milk (whole, low-fat, or nonfat) 
1 large egg, lightly beaten, at room temperature 
1/2 cup chopped pecans 

1. Toss the diced apples with the sugar in a medium bowl. Pour the oil over the top, stir well, and set aside at room temperature for 45 minutes.
 2. Position the rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400 ° F. To prepare the muffin tins,spray the indentations and the rims around them with nonstick spray, or line the indentations with paper muffin cups. If using silicon muffin tins, spray as directed, then place them on a baking sheet. 
3. Whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a second medium bowl until uniform. Set aside. 
4. Using a wooden spoon, stir the milk and egg into the apple mixture until smooth. Then stir in the prepared flour mixture until moistened. Stir in pecans. 
5. Fill the prepared tins three-quarters full. Use additional greased tins or small, oven-safe, greased ramekins for any leftover batter, or reserve the batter for a second baking. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the muffins have rounded, slightly cracked tops. A toothpick inserted in the center of one muffin should come out with just a few moist crumbs attached. 
6. Set the pan on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Gently rock the muffins back and forth to release them from the tins. Remove them from the pan and cool them for minutes more on the rack before serving. If storing or freezing the muffins, cool them completely before sealing in an airtight container or freezer-safe plastic bags. The muffins will stay fresh for up to 48 hours at room temperature or up to 2 months in the freezer.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

September Thoughts


“Do Good with what thou hast, or it will do thee no good.” 
― Benjamin Franklin

September Goals

Spiritual 
     Reading 
     Meditation 

Physical 
     Exercise DVD
     Water
      Rest

Quilting - Finish Quilt top

Reading
     A Thousand Days by Arthur Schlesinger 
     John Adams by David McCullough
     Proving Ground by Peter Blauner 

Cooking
     Saturday - Scrambled Eggs, Canadian Bacon, Toast 
     Sunday - Roast, Potatoes, Carrots
     Monday - Baked Fish, Carrots/Thyme, Coleslaw 
     Tuesday - Schwan's Chicken Lo Mein 
     Wednesday - RB Hash, Rice
      Thursday - Leftovers 
      Friday - Out

Personal 
     Monday - Take van in for Safety Inspection 
     Wednesday - lawn maintenance man
     Friday- Lunch with P&W&C&B 

September Poetry

"Try to remember the kind of September  
When life was slow and oh so mellow  
Try to remember the kind of September  
When grass was green and grain so yellow  
Try to remember the kind of September  
When you were a young and a callow fellow  
Try to remember and if you remember  
Then follow--follow, oh-oh."   
-  Try to Remember, Lyrics by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign by Jonathan Allen


I voted for her. I really wanted her to win. I thought Trump was a joke and the American people would never elect a reality-TV huckster POTUS. Never, it just couldn't happen. Until it did. But how did this happen? What on earth went wrong? According to Shattered, here are a few of the reasons. 
1. The campaign managers let her down. Turf wars. Too much analysis; too little on the ground. 
2. Email scandal not dealt with quickly. 
3. James Comey. 
4. Russian interference. 
5. Media. 
6. Hillary's penchant for focusing on the trees (or even the individual leaves on a particular tree) rather than the forest. 


It's a good book and I'm glad I read it even if I'm still shaking my head that it really did happen.