Archive for May, 2015

Spaghetti For Breakfast

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Hi Friends,
The ever health conscious Joy Ann and I enjoy a hearty breakfast every morning. Joy Ann likes to point out “let food be your medicine and your medicine be food.” Joy Ann helps me understand good nutrition by reminding me that we should eat breakfast like a  king, lunch like a prince and supper like a pauper.
I go along with this because somewhere in my brain the agreement lamp is lit. However I am really more like an anaconda than a health food guy. Before I met the regimented Joy Ann I seldom ate before supper. No breakfast, no lunch, no snacks. Beer isn’t a snack… is it? Supper was consumed late in the evening. It was rich in sauces and high in fat and protein (think rib eye steak, baked potato with sour cream and salad with a cheesy dressing). I do some of my best sleeping with a full tummy.
Not anymore. Pursuant to my good health, Joy Ann has strict rules regarding eating after 7 PM. Today our typical supper is a cup of soup and some crackers.  Cookies are no longer allowed in our home. In all fairness I deserve the cookie ban.
The bright spot of my culinary day is lunch. Since my office is in our home I prepare lunch for the two of us everyday. Long grain brown rice, organic sweet potatoes, boneless skinless tasteless chicken breast and assorted fresh vegetables are healthy choices for Joy Ann and still provide a platform for my favorite condiments of butter, soy and a variety of cheeses. Cheese is a condiment isn’t it?
We still eat spaghetti and meatballs but now it is low glycemic index Dreamfield Pasta and organic marinara.
I have never enjoyed eggs or other typical breakfast food. Through careful planning I have introduced left overs from lunch into my breakfast menu. It is not unusually for Joy Ann to quizzically observe my breakfast choice. She is often heard saying, “You’re having __________ for breakfast?” You can fill in the blank with spaghetti, pork chops or any number of other healthy choices.
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My High School Reunion

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Hi Friends,

The insightful JoyAnn has a talent for predicting someone’s age based only on their name. For example if your name is Betty, Judy or Martha, my JoyAnn would predict you are over sixty years old. She is much better at this than I am presented here but she is not around at the moment to give me more examples.

I’m sixty eight years old and this is the year of my 50th high school reunion. Facebook has changed everything about finding old classmates. As the reunion date edges closer I am seeing more and more friend requests from Bettys, Toms and Dougs.

There was a Danny in my class who has been located and contacted for the reunion. All the Joeys, Dannys, Billys and Bobbys have dropped the “y” from their name are now straight up Joes, Dans, Bills and Bobs.

One day, fifty years ago at our high school assembly, the recently located Danny was sitting in the row just in front of me. He was eating an apple. The thing that was memorable; after he finished eating the regular part of the apple he just kept going. He ate the core. He ate the seeds. He ate the whole apple. If there was a stem and a leaf he would have eaten those. I had never seen anyone eat and entire apple. A horse would eat a whole apple but not a high school student.

Danny was Jewish. Danny may have been the only Jewish person in our school. I never paid much attention to the Jewish faith but Danny would often declare he was Jewish. I didn’t know anything about Jewish people. I was raised Catholic and had my own problems understanding my church.

Knowing Danny was Jewish and seeing him eat the entire apple somehow got linked together. Now as our high school reunion approaches I think of Danny eating the entire apple and wonder if he still practices his Jewish faith.

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Manzie R Lawfer