Sunday, December 7, 2014

Cheshire Smile

A most memorable character, the Cheshire cat and his smile are famous. The broad smile often comments like: He's smiling like a Cheshire cat waiting for something. 

In the story of Alice in Wonderland that cat explains that he 'isn't all there' which goes quite well with his mischievous grin and giggly laugh. 

But the Cheshire smile has a sinister side as well. Also known as the Glasgow smile is the signature disfigurement inflicted on the victims of a beating from the Chelsea Headhunters. Gang members cut the edges of the person's mouth, then beat them in the face until the cuts widen across the face until the wound spreads from ear to ear. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

The choice of Lies

Periodically, a person comes across my path who seems to have no grasp of the truth. No truth for their work. No truth for themselves. No true in their lives. Recently, the opportunity came up to watch the fill cycle of the lie.

In the beginning, there was small talk, an exchange of experiences and information. The realization came that some of the information wasn't correct. But we all make mistakes, right?

The once told stories were told again but were different. Details were rearranged. Details were added. The whole of the story changed. Wait, how could you be in two different places at once?

Eventually, conversation was limited to necessary information exchange. After some bad computations with the wrong information, it became better to gather all the information without a query.

Several months passed.... someone mentioned that she & me didn't really talk any more. Really? All that I'd done is stop listening to the lies. She stopped talking.

When she announced her departure, I wished her well. I do hope that she finds some truth.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Friendship Bread

In a large bowl combine 3 cups warm water, 1 ½ tablespoons yeast and 1 tsp sugar. Let mixture set for 5 minutes.
Add 3 cups flour. Stir. Set the bowl in a warm place for 8 hours. This is your starter.
Remove 1 1/2 cup of starter. Give to a friend with instructions.
Replace starter with 1 1/2 cup of flour and 1 ½ cup of water. Mix.

In a large bowl combine 2 cups flour with 1 ½ cup sourdough starter and ¾ teaspoon salt.
Cover bowl with a kitchen towel. Allow bread to rise. Turn dough out on a floured bread board. Knead until smooth. Cover with a towel to rest for 1 hour.

In a 400 degree oven, place dough on sheet. Bake for approximately an hour or until golden brown. Allow 30 minutes to cool before serving. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Stained Glass Windows

Stained Glass came into being in the medieval period when the supplies of metal and coloured glass became available to artists and craftsmen.

Modern stained glass of the 19th and 20th centuries created the unusual light of the sacred space in churches and decorated homes of the upper and middle classes.

The beauty of stained glass enriches the space with a rainbow of colored light.