Monthly Archives: February 2012

Notes on Cooking

I devoured on the flight to Dallas last week the wonderful little book Notes on Cooking by Lauren Braun Costello.  What a fun little book, full of things to make me think as I’m in the kitchen!

Tonight’s dinner was pork schnitzel with a side of roasted root vegetables (tossed in olive oil and black pepper and baked for an hour).  I loved the turnips especially.  A first course of Boston lettuce with homemade balsamic dressing was a tasty and lite starter.  Dessert was liquid: a Belgian Lambic with framboise flavoring.

My eating today has been perfectly normal, with yogurt for breakfast and leftover pizza, with an apple, at lunch.


My father sent me this today, forwarded to him from a friend:

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip.

You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just ponder on them.

Just read the e-mail straight through, and you’ll get the point.
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.

4 Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.
How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.

These are no second-rate achievers.

They are the best in their fields.

But the applause dies..

Awards tarnish..

Achievements are forgotten.

Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

The lesson:
The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the
most credentials, the most money…or the most awards.

They simply are the ones who care the most

Pass this on to those people who have either made a difference in your life,
or whom you keep close in your heart, like I did.

Success, part B

I was home by 12.30.  By 1 p.m. I’d devoured a portion of pizza as a reward for the fast.

And then suddenly I was very tired from a nearly-sleepless night, the disruption to my routine, and so on.   So I slept away the afternoon.

Not to worry, though, as I had engaged in a great deal of Webster office work via computer while at the clinic this morning.  And I worked most of Saturday at KMEA, transit, and Carmina.

Now at 6 p.m. I’ve had an apple, fed Samson the Feist (who slept beside me all afternoon), and cleaned up the kitchen.  I must now venture out to play for one of my students at a pre-contest hearing this evening, after which I may run by the grocer’s in an attempt to determine what to have for dinner tomorrow for my regular Tuesday-with-a-friend meal.

Dirty hands

I got my hands dirty today, digging in the dirt and doing the ‘winter’ cleaning of my back yard.  Many of the leaves that had collected are now in piles, waiting for another day for bagging and disposal.  The zebra grass is cut down.  The last of the dead twiggy things from last season have been pulled and trimmed and otherwise dismissed.

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And, in late February, too much is already in bloom, a month early. The daffodil are sprouting from the ground.  Peonies are peeking out.  Hardy mums have already put forth the first shoots of green.  And the tulips are making themselves known.

I fear for a hard freeze.

And we need rain in the worst way.



I saw this on Greg Storkan’s Facebook page……

Visualization of the 1st violin of the 2nd symphony, 4th movement by Ferdinand Ries in the shape of a rollercoaster. The camera starts by showing a close-up of the score, then focuses on the notes of the first violin turning the staves into the winding rail tracks of the rollercoaster. The notes and bars were exactly synchronised with the progression in the animation so that the typical movements of a rollercoaster ride match the dramatic composition of the music.

Summer travel

My summer travel plans are coming into focus.


Since I have enough credits with EF to get a North American excursion, I’ve decided to have them fly me to Montreal and back and stay three nights in the city center.  This will be in late July.

Also in July, I’m in Michigan at Interlochen for two nights.  And I am going to make a dash to Colorado right after my birthday to see two of my students in shows at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre.

I’m in Lincoln in June for Intl Thespian Society.  And in early June I spend eight nights in NYC on a research grant from Webster.

Grass does not grow under my feet.

June 6-14 NYC for work
June 24-July 1  Lincoln for work
July 15-17 Interlochen for work
July 18-August 4 VACATION not for work
July 18-22 Colorado
July 28-31 Montreal