Friday, June 26, 2015

Peter and the Wolf

It isn't the first time that I've had the profound realization that music has a special power. 

Music makes people smile. 
Music makes people cry. 
It can raise emotions to anger or motivate a nation to patriotic fervor for the good of human rights or to the decimation of war. 

But today, a regular day with nothing notable to it, a song came on the radio as I drove up the street to my favorite coffee place to have tea. Not really a conformist no matter how hard I try. 

Anyway, as I punched the buttons through the commercials I came to the classical station and there, just beginning was the symphony, Peter and the Wolf. Instantly, I was transformed to a 7 year old girl sitting on my Dad's lap as he identified the different instruments; narrating as the music progressed. Until my imagniation took over and I watched as Peter hunted for the Wolf. 

What wondrous power music has to melt the years away, and what a wonderful piece of music to do it

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Gene Tierney

Gene Tierney created Mrs. Muir for the Ghost and Mrs. Muir. She was among the most popular actresses at the time. Her beauty and grace placed a high bar for actresses portraying ladies of the Victorian era. 

She worked with Hollywood greats such as John Ford, Joseph Mankiewicz creating memorable pictures with Rex Harrison and Rory Calhoun among others. 

Personally, she was married twice. Her first husband was Oleg Cassini with whom she had two daughters. She and Oleg remarried but the reunion didn't work out.  Her second husband was W Howard Lee, a Texas oil man.


Saturday, May 30, 2015

Chihuahuas Like Cheese

Chihuahuas Like Cheese
Written by: Janice Kingsbury
Illustrated by: Rachael Haffey
2015: Outerbooks Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 13:9780692378915

Audience: Pre K-Grade 3, or story-time/family reading.

‘Chihuahuas Like Cheese’ is a delightful story about dogs, adoptions and living happily with a life time supply of cheese.

This story is about one little Chihuahua named Bogie who finds himself homeless, staying in a shelter. Rescued from the shelter, his foster mom tries to have him adopted by nice people at the PetSmart adoption day. But Bogie has other plans.

Bogie comes to his foster home and doesn’t want to leave. Even though he’s the smallest, he lines up for treats with the other dogs: Beau, Lexi, Beemer, Jack, Rascal and Hannah. While the other dogs sit for their treats, Bogie feels too small at the end of the line. So he jumps up and down. He gets so into jumping around, he missed the cheese.

For a while Bogie feels sad. He hides under blankets and doesn’t play as much with the other dogs. One day, Bogie notices something out of the ordinary. He barks. He brings attention to events that have gone terribly wrong.

To find out how Bogie becomes a hero, read ‘Chihuahuas Like Cheese.’

Illustrations of dogs and all the action colorfully represent the story.



Sunday, May 17, 2015

Creating a Better Team or How to Make Cheesecake

Many hands make for light work as the elders used to say and they were right. The more people involved in a project, the faster it goes and the better it can turn out. 

This weekend we baked cheesecake. There were three of us. The boss read the directions. The cook placed all the items in logical order and helped the apprentice learn by doing.

  • Shopping – we picked up the ingredients that we didn’t already have available.
  • Crust – Following the directions for a graham cracker crust, the crumbs were made the butter softened, and we mixed, mixed, mixed.
  • Pie Crust – Pushing the mix into the pie pan and up the side of the pan required a light touch and patience.
  • Filling – Placing all the ingredients into the blender, mix on high then voila.
  • Baking – 350 for nearly an hour, until it’s not jiggly.