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Bluegrass GaGa

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Food Memories

Posted on August 26th, 2010 by Clinically Clueless
For most, certain foods make us think of childhood.  It could be the aroma of Mom’s apple pie, stew, soup, spaghetti sauce, eating ice cream or gummy bears.  It could even be just hearing or seeing the name of a dish or making a dish.
I thought of several food items when writing this post.  One is just the thought, look of the blue box and eating Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.  We used to have it for dinner with ground beef added…cooked of course.  Also, my friend and I used to make it.  We also filled tortilla with canned corned beef and hash and melt cheese on a tortilla on a gas stove…yummy.  Anything that is non-traditional in a grilled or tortillas heated with a flame makes me happy.  I also used to roast marshmallows from a gas stove or the heat from our electric stove…pretty innovative for a young teenager.
Apple pie reminds me of childhood as my grandfather LOVED apple pie with vanilla ice cream…it had to be vanilla!!  The aroma of fried fish or sometimes the crinkling of newspaper reminds me of my Grandmother as she would cover the ENTIRE kitchen with newspaper to absorb any oil that would escape from the pan!!
My favorite food memory is when I made a lemon meringue pie as a young teenager.  Well, making the crust and lemon filling was easy with no difficulties. Then, it came for the meringue.  Well, I lost control of the mixer and meringue went flying everywhere even the ceiling.  I cleaned it up so as not to get into trouble and made another one and didn’t have any spectacular mishaps. For several months, I could see where I missed cleaning the meringue.
So what foods or memories remind you of childhood?  Also, share your stories of why they remind you of childhood.

How old are you? Do you remember vinyl?

Posted on August 16th, 2010 by Clinically Clueless

national-record-dayAugust 12th, was Vinyl Record Day or Record Store Day!!  Time for audiophiles to have some fun!!!

The following is from website Vinyl Record Day:  

In February of 2002 the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors in California adopted a proclamation, conceived and written by Gary Freiberg, declaring August 12th as Vinyl Record Day in San Luis Obispo County. The date recognizes when Edison invented the phonograph in 1877.  It was then decided to have a Vinyl Record Day (VRD) celebration in San Luis Obispo on the first Saturday following August 12th, which was the 17th. The celebration was to appeal to all generations. The day started with Big Band Swing Music with the music changing every forty-five minutes. Following were segments on Elvis, the Beatles, a Sock Hop, R&B, Surf, Country, Disco, Jazz and Blues, all played on vinyl. Grandparents danced with grandchildren, there were many good times with friends, families, couples, kids, teenage and college aged all enjoying the music variety.

The following is from the blog, Antenna:

vinylAmidst all the record industry’s doom and gloom over digital piracy and declining CD sales, there has been one largely overlooked area of the market that’s actually been experiencing tremendous growth in recent years, and that’s vinyl. That’s right: phonograph records, that analog sound recording format that has been declared dead more times than film criticism. The reality is that vinyl – the primary commercial music medium for most of the 20th century – never went away, even though it left the mainstream in the early 1990s, replaced by digital media (first CDs, then MP3s). It has remained a staple of the rock music underground, as well as the preferred format of most serious record collectors and audiophiles. The Internet-fueled “digital music era,” however, has sparked a new wave of interest in this old medium, some even predicting that vinyl will eventually replace CDs as the physical music media of choice.

gh1According to Nielsen SoundScan, sales of vinyl albums in the U.S. increased by 33% in 2009, to approximately 2.5 million copies. The major labels have started pressing vinyl again for the first time in roughly a decade. It is estimated that half of all new albums are being released with a vinyl counterpart. Still, digital music dominates sales and vinyl remains a niche item: digital track and album purchases, which were also up in 2009, account for nearly 80% of total music sales, while vinyl represents less than 1%. In other words, no one is suggesting that vinyl is about to replace digital music, only the CD. But the record industry – by which I mean not only the record labels but also retailers, distributors, manufacturing plants, et al. – very much needs physical objects to sell, hence its renewed commitment to vinyl.

beach_boys_endless_summerI have a small collection of about 300 records and 45s.  We still have two working turntables and listen to our vinyl.  Given that new records are now CDs, I really miss some of the special things about vinyl.  The sound including the pops and hisses, etc, seemed warmer.   I know that is hard to define…just a feeling.  I miss the special photo records, the larger pictures, the special sleeves for 45s and just the feel and smell of a new record.  Now, as I am older, I really miss being able to read the lyrics…need to take off glasses and other times can’t read them at all.  But, CDs are more durable and take up less space.  Now, I think my CD collection surpasses my vinyl collection.  I remember my first two records that I purchased with my own money.  They were Beach Boys, Endless Summer, and Olivia Newton-John’s greatest hits.  Oh how, I love going to used record stores and finding a gem.  I miss going through the rows of albums…CDs just don’t seem as fun…I know my age is showing!!!

I am lucky enough to live in Southern California where used record stores exist…time to go thumbing through!!

What was your first album or CD that you purchased?  If you forgot, what about your most memorable or exciting find?[

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National Zucchini Day?

Posted on August 5th, 2010 by Clinically Clueless
zucchiniIn August, it seems that at work and other places are free zucchini’s everywhere.  Well, that is when they are at their best, but the usually grow more than what one person or one family can consume.  Therefore, this silly day was born in the United States where I live in sunny Southern California.
The following is from

August 8th is National Zucchini Day or Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbors’ Porch Day.  This special day was formed due to overzealous planting of zucchini, citizens are asked to drop off baskets of the squash on neighbors’ doorsteps.

Top 20 List for successful sneaking of Zucchini or otherwise ridding yourself of unwanted surplus summer squash

1) Carefully place a dozen or more zucchini in a large, sturdy black plastic trash bag, then add a couple layers of unwanted clothing. Drive to nearest Goodwill or Salvation Army, hand over bag to nearest volunteer. Politely refuse any offered receipt. Leave quickly.

2) Look for out of the way places which have signs posted, “Clean Fill Wanted.”

3) Reserve 1/2 of the space in large, upright freezer, gather all available plastic containers & freezer bags. Drink a vat of your favorite caffinated beverage, in preparation for staying up round the clock to puree large quantities of zucchini. This can then be packaged neatly and artistically labeled: “For Zucchini Nut Bread Recipe.” These packages can be freely given, along with copies of recipe, to anyone on your Christmas list. [Ed. note: I solemnly promise that I will eventually post this recipe.]

4) Under light of full moon, either stark naked or wearing full army camouflage, carrying a machete or any garden implement, run amuck in your zucchini patch, cutting and slashing. Be sure to thank mother nature for her bounty before and after this cathartic experience.

5) Buy a large roll of freezer paper–the kind that sub shops use to, you know, wrap up their subs & other sandwiches. Then proceed to wrap each zucchini which has managed to grow to a foot or more in length. Next time your child has a fundraiser, send him or her out supplied with these phoney subs. Tell child to drop them off with neighbors or relatives and leave quickly. It’s advisable that a responsible adult hover nearby in a get-away car.

6) Gotta run! Time to order my seeds. Rest of top 20 list to follow soon! Send us some of your own ideas meanwhile!


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Regina Brett’s 45 Lessons of life!!

Posted on July 29th, 2010 by Clinically Clueless

This was an email sent to me and from all the things that I read on the internet, it is probably true.  Either way it makes you think.

happy_90th_birthday_gifts_and_birthday_apparel_sticker-p217039383387335211q0ou_400Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old.   “To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written.” My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2.When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch .
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7.. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”


Which ones are your favorites and what makes them special to you? OR Share a favorite one that you have.

Largest Environmental Disaster

Posted on July 15th, 2010 by Clinically Clueless

I assume that most have heard about the BP, which is partly owned by the United States, oil spill effecting my country’s (U.S.) progress.  This is considered the largest environmental disaster.  The effect on the wildlife and the livelihood of of those whom need the gulf for their income including shrimp, crab and many more see life.  This also effects tourism income.  I understand how difficult this situation is to resolve in the mean time it is beginning to take a human toll.

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I know this isn’t proper, but I did find the parody of the truthfulness quite funny.   But, it isn’t a funny thing.  I think about the HUGE enviromental impact.  But, mostly the people that live and make a living and life with the Gulf.  My heart just aches and I can’t find the right words to express my outrage especially at BP and how much I just want to do more to help those effected…right now prayer is what I can offer.

For information regarding the United States Goverment response to the BP oil spill go to the White House Web Page and for a quick run down go to SodaHead Opinions

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What  would you survive if your livelihood and way of life were suddenly taken from you?  What is the media in your area telling you?

Footballers – only human after all?

Posted on July 11th, 2010 by irishcoffee

Anyone been watching the World Cup? Today sees the final drama of the South Africa 2010 world cup unfold, when Spain and the Netherlands meet in the final tonight in Soccer City, Johannesburg . For a whole month, football lovers have been treated to a feast from the finest teams and players across the planet.

The social gap — between spectator and performer — appears huge. Few of us can match the wealth, never-mind skill, ingenuity, or professionalism to perform on such a stage. Watch closely, however, and at times a more familiar human side of footballers is visible. They may not live in our “world” as such, but that doesn’t mean they don’t think and act as humans generally do.

Often games are decided with literally one kick of the ball. In one quarter final, Ghana were granted such an opportunity against Uruguay. With the score tied at 1-1 in the final few seconds of extra time, a Uruguay player handled the ball, Ghana were awarded a penalty. Forward Asamoah Gyan stepped up to the spot. With this one kick he had the chance to put his country Ghana — at this stage Africa’s last representatives at  the South Africa 2010 World Cup — into the semi-finals. Under the most extreme pressure, Gyan opted for power….and missed. The ball ricocheted off the cross bar, and the game went into penalties to decide the winner. Ghana missed two of their allotted penalties, and so it was Uruguay’s chance to win the match with one kick. Forward Sebastian Abreu — nickname, El Loco (Spanish for madman) — stepped up to the spot. This footballer opted not for power. With the lightest of touches, he outsmarted the goalkeeper by chipping the ball almost right into the centre of the goal. Uruguay were in ecstasy. Ghana in agony.

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But what about those two crucial kicks: the one for Ghana, the other for Uruguay. From one angle you could say that both cases exposed the weakness of Ghana players under pressure. In the first case the forward Gyan relied on brute force — and missed. In the second case, it was the Ghana goalkeeper who was left looking rather silly…because had he simply stayed where was, he would have been in the perfect position to simply catch the ball and prevent Uruguay winning. Of course, we know why the goalkeeper didn’t “stay”. Had he simply kept his position, in the centre, he would have looked even sillier had the forward put the ball either side of him. Perhaps the Uruguay forward Abreu must have known that too…because think how silly he would have looked had he missed with such an seemingly tame effort! (At least Ghana’s forward and their goalkeeper tried…right?)

Well, now cognitive scientists have discovered an ‘action bias’ during penalties. Their findings seem to demonstrate the human side, or social rationality, of footballers. Among their conclusions they noted that “Goalkeepers feel a pressure to act because they would feel guiltier missing a ball while staying in the centre than missing it while trying to do something…”  And, “Kickers…act in a way that is going to minimize reproach rather than only the chances of missing.”

So, all this has got me thinking…How much do our thoughts and actions come from our “social rationality” — basically, not wanting to look silly — and how much from a more positive desire to achieve the best for ourselves and those around us? Where exactly does your ‘action bias’ lie?

What Does the 4th of July Mean?

Posted on July 5th, 2010 by Clinically Clueless

Today is the fourth of July in the United States which is also known as Independence Day!!  Please watch the videos below to learn about Independence Day and  a Celebration of my country.

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What represents to you patriatism bout your country or country of origin?  Do share and include your country.

Maya Angelou’s thoughts on getting older

Posted on June 22nd, 2010 by Clinically Clueless

In April 2009, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday… Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older.

And, there on television, she said it was ‘exciting.’

Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring every day…like her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist, first.

The audience laughed so hard they cried. She is such a simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words!

Maya Angelou said this:
‘I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.’

‘I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.’

‘I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.’

‘I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as ‘making a life’

‘I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.’

‘I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back..’

‘I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.’

‘I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.’

‘I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.’

‘I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.’

‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’

Share some lesson that you  have learned about life.

Go! Live for the day? Or plan for the future

Posted on May 31st, 2010 by Lib


So, is it best to seize the moment, live every day as if it were your last, not worry about the future? Or have a personal gameplan and everything else will fit in to place.

There is nothing to say that they can’t be mutually exclusive but I do think they are opposing shools of thought and different ways of living your life.

Your thoughts please……

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