I've spoken before about how much I enjoy the French dish of Escargot. Some people simply can't wrap their head around the fact that it is based on snails as food. But I can assure you that it is actually a handy platform on which to serve butter and garlic. As luck would have it … Continue reading National Escargot Day sampled in NYC
Tonight at 7:00 PM in NYC: The first public reading of THE RELUCTANT PROPHET
The title says it all. This evening at the Polaris North Studio we will have the first public reading of my newest full length play THE RELUCTANT PROPHET at their very first Talkback Tuesday event so I will get feedback from the audience. I can't wait. If you are in The Big Apple I hope … Continue reading Tonight at 7:00 PM in NYC: The first public reading of THE RELUCTANT PROPHET
National Pizza Party Day
The third Friday in May is National Pizza Party Day. Apparently this is an end of work week suggestion for dinner plans when you are exhausted. Sounds good to me. Everyone can join in. There is not much easier in today's casual food culture than pizza delivered in a box. And easily one of the … Continue reading National Pizza Party Day
Throwback Thursday – A Long Ago Graduate
Now that Mother's Day has passed all the card shops and candy shops are focused on gifts for graduates. Yep, late May and early June is all about pomp and circumstance. So get out your mortar boards and begin the procession. Below is yours truly bonding out of high school. What dweeb! Grow a beard … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – A Long Ago Graduate
National Cherry Cobbler Day Redux
Today is National Cherry Cobbler Day. I have always marveled at these craftsmen and worry that automation will make them obsolete. You have heard the stories of the cobbler's kid who have no cherries? That's the pits. Okay, I know when I've worn out my welcome and driven this topic into the ground. Have a … Continue reading National Cherry Cobbler Day Redux
Remembering Mother’s Day
This is the first Mother's Day since mine passed away last year. Wanting to think happy thoughts took me back to 2009. Mom had just fought and won a hard battle with Lupus. Her doctor was proud of her changes in diet and exercise that helped the medical treatments she received. Her doctor recommended that … Continue reading Remembering Mother’s Day
National Lost Socks Memorial Day Redux
Today is National Lost Sock Memorial Day. Who knows what exactly is splitting up your beloved foot coverings? Laundry bag? Washing Machine? Dryer? Alien creature socknapping? Hard to know (because if you did, you wouldn't have lost your sock, now would you?). But whatever caused it, the sock is missing and you are left with … Continue reading National Lost Socks Memorial Day Redux
Public Service Announcement for a very special coming day…
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
I checked back to see how often I have celebrated Cinco de Mayo in my blog. The answer is zero because I have always known it is a false American holiday. It celebrates a successful Mexican battle over the French back in 1862. But despite what many Americans think, it is not the Mexican Independence … Continue reading Happy Cinco de Mayo!
National Star Wars Day
Because of a quirk in the calendar you have permission to tell all you meet "May the Fourth be with you." Like they've never heard that before, but go ahead be the life of the party. Don't get me wrong. I like the Star Wars franchise and the many spin offs and adventures that have … Continue reading National Star Wars Day
How are my Reds starting the season?
I read a variety of Cincinnati Reds media and the best line I read this week? "It is May 1st and the Cincinnati Reds are not in last place." Yep, that about sums up the last several decades for my RedLegs. The baseball news so far this season includes the improved rule changes for a … Continue reading How are my Reds starting the season?
Happy Birthday, Dad, I miss you so much
On this day my father would have turned 86 and it would have been a fine party. Unfortunately he died three decades ago in 1993 and so went much too young. I do have two old photos of him taken the year before I was born that I had never before seen. Not sure what … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Dad, I miss you so much
Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts…
April 24, 1184 B.C. is the traditional date assigned as the delivery of the Trojan Horse. Hopefully you know the traditional tale and learned all about this in either your history or literature classes or both. After a protracted and unsuccessful siege of the city of Troy, the Greeks attacking it seemed one morning to … Continue reading Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts…
National High Five Day
Today celebrates a now ubiquitous form of celebration whose origin is disputed - the "high-five" celebratory slap. It is everywhere in our culture and you likely never gave it another thought, yet happily call out "up-top" when you want to celebrate a winning moment. My favorite story involves one of my favorite former Cincinnati Reds … Continue reading National High Five Day
National Glazed Spiral Ham Day
This blog is not designed to give national brands a free advertising ride. Today's National Day was indeed inspired by a device that Harry J. Hoenselaar created in his basement in Detroit Michigan back in the 1950's. The fact that he went on to create the HoneyBaked Ham company doesn't need to be mentioned until … Continue reading National Glazed Spiral Ham Day
National Grilled Cheese Day
The grilled cheese is deceptively simple but in the right hands, a masterpiece of delicious comfort food. It is also endlessly creative as you can vary the bread and mix up the cheeses. You can also insert some tasty additions, like thinly sliced tomato, bacon or my favorite - sliced pickles right in the sandwich. … Continue reading National Grilled Cheese Day
International Louie Louie Day
You've heard the song (and if not, hurry to your music provider of choice, it will be there). It is a classic rock and roll standard, but admit it, you don't understand the lyrics. That is why it is perfect for slurring drunkly in accompaniment (see the movie "Animal House" for demonstration). The creator of … Continue reading International Louie Louie Day
Happy Easter – a throwback to a long time ago…
Happy Easter to all. One of the advantages of being the oldest is that parents tend to photo them more and I am lucky to have some in my possession. Here I am waking up for the search on Easter of 1961. Then searching and finding a bag full of jelly beans... And finally enjoying … Continue reading Happy Easter – a throwback to a long time ago…
Throwback Thursday – Baseball back in my day…
This was the lineup of my youth. I will always remember my Big Red Machine. I root for today's team, but dream of the Cincinnati Reds back in the '70s. Not sure why my dreams are always sepia toned. Go REDS!
National Read A Road Map Day
Do any young folk read my blog? If so, have you ever heard of a road map? It was this big paper sheet that showed the routes and cities where you planned to travel. If it was detailed enough, it covered too little territory. If it covered enough territory, it was too difficult to read. … Continue reading National Read A Road Map Day
Reading Coming up in New York
I am very happy to announce that my new full length script THE RELUCTANT PROPHET will get a public reading at the Polaris North Theatre Co-operative in New York City on May 23 at 7:00 PM. I've posted the flier below for general information and I will follow up with more details in the coming … Continue reading Reading Coming up in New York
Baseball Opening Day 2023
Today is a special day for the nation but especially for my beloved Cincinnati Reds. Baseball used to be practically a religion in the city I grew up in. The recent success of the hometown Bengals and the dismal performance of the Reds has changed some preferences in the Queen City. But I am still … Continue reading Baseball Opening Day 2023
National Little Red Wagon Day
Today is National Little Red Wagon Day. Not a surprise that this was established by Radio Flyer in honor of their classic children's toy first produced a century ago. We all have memories of our own Little Red Wagon that powered childhood dreams and carried all the important toys into wild backyard fields of play. … Continue reading National Little Red Wagon Day
National Chip & Dip Day and a delicious recipe
What better way to celebrate National Chip and Dip Day than a delicious Dip Recipe that can go with any Chip you try. You'll thank me later... ===============Roasted Garlic DipSUMMARY: Good with any chip, veggies, meats, and roasted potatoes INGREDIENTS: 3 heads garlic, unpeeled 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 cup sour cream 1/4 cup mayonnaise … Continue reading National Chip & Dip Day and a delicious recipe
Happy St. Patrick’s Day
Yep, here we again. Another annual chance to celebrate green beer and corned beef with cabbage. I am agnostic on the holiday and usually wear green to avoid being pinched. I'm not a cabbage fan nor am I of Irish descent but will down a couple of Guinness Beers. Enjoy!
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