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Miracle on 34th Street

It’s one of the classic movies for the holiday!  Of course, when I grew up there was only the one version, black and white, starring Maureen O’Hara, John Payne and a young Natalie Wood.  This was one of the heavily promoted movies on WGN-TV in Chicago along with “Sink the Bismarck”  and others and for this . . . → Read More: Miracle on 34th Street

Currant Update

Well, I did manage to “de-stem” some currants this weekend!  Not all five pounds, but enough to use.

The easiest dish to make?  Ice cream! 

I put the currants in sugar last night and let them macerate.  As I stated in a previous post, currants are quite tart but with enough sugar, they taste pretty . . . → Read More: Currant Update

Currants, Currently


Some background first.  First off, currants are NOT the raisin-looking thingy you can buy locally.  These are likely Zante raisins.  They are good, but they are not currants.

I was introduced to true currants on a trip to Ireland several years ago.  We were offered fresh currants muffins for brunch while traveling the Ring of Kerry.  . . . → Read More: Currants, Currently

Musical Sushi


My daughter plays on my Kawai ES4 keyboard by “karate chopping” with both hands, a technique she calls “cutting musical sushi”!  I had to laugh, I’d never heard that before!  Between that and reading from the latest Junie B. Jones book “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells (P.S.) So Does May)”, it has been a creative morning!

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Christmas Time is Here!

My Christmas Light Canvas

My Christmas Light Canvas

Well, that’s the name of the song playing in the background anyway.  My two kids, especially my oldest, love the Vince Gaurdaldi collection of Christmas songs.  In particular, they play “Linus and Lucy” over and over again.  Funny, we all call this the “Snoopy Song” even though that isn’t the . . . → Read More: Christmas Time is Here!

Heinz 57


As I eat my Alpine Swiss burger from Ruby Tuesday’s (as opposed to the lower elevation Swiss burger), I started thinking about ketchup packets.

Anybody who knows me knows I love ketchup.  I have for as long as I can remember. I put it hash browns and mix it with leftover mac and cheese.

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O.K. Dish Network, give me a break!

The service is great, I like the channels.  Rain fade (caused by attenuation or a weakening of the signal as it passes through heavy rain) does occur but not often enough to be a pain.

My complaint is with their equipment and customer service.

So far this . . . → Read More: Dish


Well, I’ve found myself in this position probably about one hundred times in my long years of service covering severe weather in the Ozarks. It’s the next morning and I’m sleep-deprived!  Way back in the day, before the young-ins, I could sleep late but of course the demands of a dad prior to school get me . . . → Read More: Post-Frontal



I made it!  I was officially accepted into the Sunrise Rotary Club of Springfield early this morning.

I’m not a stranger to this club.  I have talked to the group on two occasions about my storm chasing exploits.  I also have several friends in the club.  One of them, Paula, sponsored me and was . . . → Read More: Rotarian