Like the ends of fabric bolt rolls and the end of a great movie,
I hope to bring you some smiles on this Sunny Monday. There will
be one possible frown ‘producer’ but it is more of a question of
values and appropriate behavior guidelines.
At the Cincinnati Zoo, a new baby giraffe arrived, on May 2, 2014!
Her name was voted on and received 32% votes to become, “Nasha.”
She is adorable, awkward and of course, gangly-looking! I want to
go see her and her family.
When I picked up my youngest daughter from the Columbus Airport, it
was on Mother’s Day morning. She treated me to a breakfast/brunch
at a place on the East side of town, called The Angry Baker. It is
located on Oak Street.
Today, I was answering my coworkers and friends who inquired,
“What did you do on Mother’s Day?” by saying that I went with her
to brunch at a little quaint and unique place.
We sat out in the sunshine, with a few clouds intermittently
covering the sun, for over an hour chatting and catching up.
Her adventures with her ‘new’ family and seeing the sights of
St. Louis were very cool. When a few coworkers stopped to ask
what I ordered there to eat, I told them that I had spotted
and decided my ‘dessert’ first which helped me to choose my
main meal. I saw in the refrigerated display case a triple
layered white torte with what they were calling “Green Tea
and Coconut” icing. In between the three layers was vanilla
I had ordered an asparagus and leek quiche and a ‘field
greens’ salad with raspberry vinaigrette. They asked what
else sounded or looked good, I responded,
“I would like to try next time I get treated to breakfast,
the French toast sandwich with Swiss cheese and ham or bacon
It was served like a ‘fork and knife’ sandwich, with a small
pitcher of maple syrup. Had I eaten that, I would have probably
not eaten the dessert. Which was as scrumptious, as it had
As I passed through my day, I also, inquired into others’
family or individual activities over the weekend. There were
a lot of family cookouts and visits to restaurants, along
with some buffets of home-cooked meals mentioned. I was so
happy, that almost no one ‘reported’ a challenging Mother’s
Day! Even the fathers and sons were pleased with their days.
I heard from a single man who is friends with Anna, that she
requested they go out for a Chinese meal for her Mother’s Day.
I was rather surprised that I had 2 people admit they didn’t
know or asked,
“What is quiche?”
One guessed it was a type of fish and the other guessed a
type of cheese. Interesting who they were, too.
A very important message was given on my CBS This Morning
Show, today (May 12, 2014).
I was sure that this was “News” but once I researched this
subject, it has been an ecological concern and has been around
since 2012 and in 2013. I found headlines from those years,
that this was endangering the Great Lakes!
Have you heard of the Los Angeles scientific study into women’s
(and some men’s) personal care products that include micro-beads
or micro-exfoliates in their ingredients?
I had not heard about this one, until today!
Apparently, it has become scientific research that is being taken
more seriously recently. Actions and results are finally being
taken by major companies.
The products that include these beads are facial scrubs and
body washes. I have also purchased, once or twice, a Bath and
Body Works’ hand sanitizer that had little blue beads in it. I
liked the ‘grit’ and also the way it made my hands feel.
Well, hate to tell you this, especially if you are quite attached
to any cleansing products or cosmetics which include these beads…
They are not good for the environment!
And then, fish eaters!
The micro-beads absorb fertilizer and other unnatural by-products
that are in the water system. They tend to ‘grow’ in size, due
to the absorption of these dangerous elements.
They attract fish’s attention.
They consume these, which can be dangerous for us to consume.
Since we are the next ones in the food chain. They can also kill
The deadly elements in the water supply have been able to be
measured, viewed and studied under a microscope. It can be lethal,
in so many ways.
One company, ‘stepping up to the plate,’ is Johnson and Johnson,
who have promised to slowly phase these cosmetic and cleansing
products out by 50%, by Christmas. Due to the severity of the
situation reported, I am recommending my friends and fellow bloggers
to go ahead and find another product to use, since this is already
My youngest daughter has already started using a ‘Green’ and more
ecologically sound product.
My last “Odds” is not really a positive one, so I will try to think
of something funny to close today’s post. Here is a ‘rant.’
I had a nice time with my girlfriend, going to a place we had
eaten my ‘birthday meal,’ called Horsey Hall. On Friday, they were
having a nice arts and crafts sale, with antique items also for sale.
These were displayed in a large barn and a smaller gardening shed.
It was quite nice and had many reasonably priced items. I ended up
buying some homemade candy that tastes just like a “Heath” or “Skor”
bar. She bought some peanut butter fudge.
We saw Morgan Treni, my favorite local musician, sat on a bench and
drank coffee, while listening to her wonderful voice. I have written
about her, before this.
I am going to ask a question, if someone is just asking an open-ended
“Why…” question is it okay to ‘rail’ on the subject a bit? I mean,
if someone asks you for your opinion, you are allowed to voice it,
I was with a close (over 20 years long friendship) good friend
“Why, when we believe in our country in the Bill of Rights and
Freedom of Speech, do we crack down on people who are saying what
She went on to mention the newest two young builders and participants
in a HG-TV project, the twins, David and Jason Benham whose new show
was almost ready to air, called, “Flip It Forward.”
Although the two brothers had been scrutinized for their father’s
very outspoken opinions, they had said they would not reveal their
religious beliefs on air. They felt that their positions on gays,
abortion, divorce would not be an ‘issue.’ The producers had asked
about this before they had begun their project. Also, their family
does not like the fact there is a Muslim mosque at Ground Zero,
(9/11/2001’s tribute to those of all cultures and ethnic backgrounds
who died on that day.)
My friend thought this should not be a ‘problem’ while they were
buying old houses, fixing them up and reselling them. The builders
felt they were helping teach others to ‘flip houses,’ along with
ones who were poor or on a fixed income.
Apparently the source of the controversy is from incidents and
an interview that occurred in 2012. One was at an abortion clinic
and another was where their father had said that “Jesus doesn’t
While being interviewed, one of the twins was more outspoken
on the subjects of anti-homosexuals and anti-divorce comments.
My thoughts reflect that of a comment of someone that writes on
an entertainment and news blog. To me they make sense,
“Why rub LGBT employees of HG-TV and possible viewers the wrong
way with having these guys be the center of an upcoming show?”
Mainly, my thought about my friend’s comment is this:
“If you choose to be in front of the media, get your paycheck
from the media and your viewers are the world, you owe it to the
ones paying you, to keep your opinions to yourself!”
It is not a question of ‘Freedom of Speech,’ to me but one of
making good choices. In my opinion, you have to realize that the
ones who are not accepting others, really are a ‘problem.’
Even if you are a Christian, it is not your place to ‘judge others.’
No one has that right, I believe.
Seriously, espousing these beliefs, as this Benham family did, in the
recent past of 2012, had to surface and come under the scrutiny of
the employers and possible viewers eventually.
By saying what they were saying, it was only one short step
away from bigotry. It is not cool, it is not acceptable and I
would have cancelled their show, too!
My Dad and Mom used to use the terminology of ‘slippery slope.’
When they thought that someone said a disparaging or prejudiced
comment, if they did not respond or react to the negative words,
they felt that it was a ‘slippery slope’ to becoming ‘just as
bad as the ignorant ones, who were saying those things!’
On this same subject, Sunday evening while turning to my Arts
and Entertainment Channel (A & E) to watch, “Turn,” the
Revolutionary War show, I caught the ‘tail end’ of “Duck Dynasty.”
I really feel like ‘boycotting’ A & E, which you may remember
I was upset about the leader of the Robertson’s Clan, Phil…
How many months ago?
The story I wrote was called, “The Cost of Silence,” written on
January 22, 2014.
“Good ole Phil” is back on the show, folks! The network gave him a
‘slap on the wrist’ for his horrible comments in an interview. It
was a short hiatus, like serving in ‘detention hall,’ where he was
not allowed to be on the show.
Like it was okay to say what he did to “GQ” magazine, while on
A & E’s payroll.
What a shame!
For my ‘funny’ ending that I promised here are two things to get
First, have you ever imagined how a baby giraffe was conceived?
Second, my Mom and I talked for an hour from 11 p.m. until 12,
midnight, leading into Mother’s Day. She knew that I had had a
splendid picnic with all 3 kids and 6 grandkids on this past Wed.
Also, I had written two letters and sent two Mother’s Day cards
to remind her of my Sunday plans. She had joked over Easter that
I wasn’t her mother, but I did tell her I would have liked to be
two places at one time!
I had told her, I was going to spend my Mother’s Day picking my
youngest daughter up from the airport.
My youngest brother and his wife are at a Reading Convention
in New Orleans, which they were pleased to attend. (It means
neither one has to put on their Doctorate robes and hand out
any diplomas at their respective universities they teach at.)
When I asked Mom if she remembered I wasn’t coming this
weekend she responded,
“You wrote it on my bulletin board and my calendar, what
chances did I have to forget?”
When I asked Mom if she minded just ‘hanging out and having
dinner’ with my middle brother, the artist, she cracked me up:
“What other choices do I have?”