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That’s Just Crazy! October 15, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Fun & Games, Humor, People, Travel & Leisure.
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IMGP3167bWe watched a show on Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Those people are crazy.

They eat dinner at 10 pm . . . and that’s the Early Bird Special.

Even families with young children arrive at restaurants to dine at midnight.

That’s not the crazy part.

The clubs open at 2 a.m. and people dance til dawn.  Then what?  A quick yawn, shower, and off to work?

And that’s not the crazy part.

Folks there are big fans of plastic surgery ~ 1 out of 3 has had work done.

That’s not the crazy part.

IMGP3151bA high percentage of folks are receiving therapy for mental health issues.

But that’s not the crazy part.

Here’s the crazy part ~> they take their psychoanalysts on vacation with them!

How bizarre!

Maybe they bring them along to check for skeletons in the closet?

Or bats in the belfry?

Aah . . . that’s better!

Multi-Grain Medley & Squash October 14, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Vegetarian Recipes.
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Minute Rice has a new Multi-Grain Medley of Brown Rice, Wheat, Quinoi, Rye, Oats, and Barley.

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Intrigued, I picked up a packet ~ 6 grams of fiber per serving.  Awesome!  By way of comparison, plain white rice has a scant 1 gram of fiber per serving.

I haven’t bought Minute Rice since before Ronald Reagan was President, but I decided to give the Multi-Grain Medley a try because the idea of cooking up Brown Rice, Wheat, Quinoi, Rye, Oats, AND Barley seemed too time intensive.

In contrast, the Minute Rice Medley takes only a minute to heat and eat.

Multi-Grain Medley & Summer Squash

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Saute onion, carrot, celery in olive oil.  Add sliced summer squash.  Cook until tender. Stir in 2 cups cooked grain (rice, barley, quinoi, or multi-grain medley).

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Season with salt, garlic, and turmeric (or 1/2 c. of Tikki Masala).

Add a healthy splash of wine.  Toss in some raisins.  Let it simmer until the raisins plump.

If you have cooked green beans hanging around, toss them into the mix.

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Sprinkle some peanuts on top to add crunch factor.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Do Leaders Need A Penis To Be Effective? October 13, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Bulletin Board, People, Special Events.
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Last week, I received an invitation to a Leadership Forum from the College of William & Mary.

The College of William & Mary, Wren Building (Wikipedia: in Public Domain)

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Join us for the 2014 McGlothlin Leadership Forum!

Many of us talk about it, Jim McGlothlin does it.

Every year, Jim (W&M ’62, J.D. ’64, LL.D. ’00)  creates a wonderful and vibrant on-campus opportunity for our students to become fully enmeshed in thinking about, and discussing, leadership and what it truly means to be a leader. This yearly opportunity to elevate learning becomes exponentially important for our students – especially as they consider the role they will play in a global marketplace where the impact of business trends, international law and interacting cultural expectations create a constantly changing stage upon which they will be preforming.

It is my hope that you will join our impressive list of speakers, along with Mr. McGlothlin and the deans of our business and laws schools as we engage, as a community, in conversation and thought.

I hope you’ll be there,

Marilyn Ward Midyette
Executive Director of the W&M Alumni Association

The 2014 Forum will be a live Q&A on “The Challenges and Opportunities for Leadership in Our Times.”

The 2014 Fellows will lead the discussion:

Strauss Zelnick
James Sandman
George Tamke
Strauss Zelnick James Sandman George Tamke

When:     2 pm, October 22
Where:    Raymond A. Mason School of Business

Alan B. Miller Hall
101 Ukrop Way
William & Mary campus

Please RSVP to reserve your seat and join the discussion!

“The Leadership Forum will bring William & Mary students and the community in touch with the highest caliber leaders in business and law in our nation. “

- James W. McGlothlin

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What struck me right away ~> all three Fellows are fellows.  That seems rather skewed.  It is 2014 after all.

Before sending a reply to William & Mary, I checked to see whether previous Fellows were also all fellows.

The 2011 McGlothlin Leadership Forum Fellows:

  • David BoiesChairman and Managing Partner of Boies, Schiller and Flexner LLP

The 2012 McGlothlin Leadership Forum Fellows:

The 2013 McGlothlin Leadership Forum Fellows:

  • Sen. Evan Bayh, Partner at McGuireWoods LLP, Senior Advisor at Apollo Global Management, Former United States Senator from Indiana

So there you have it.
One woman.

One woman out of the past twelve fellows.

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Enrollment at William & Mary’s Mason School of Business is close to 50% female:

Full-time undergraduate business majors enrollment: 437
Female: 49 percent
Male: 51 percent

Enrollment at William & Mary’s Law School is 53% female:

661 students
From 47 states, the District of Columbia, and 10 countries
Male/Female ratio: 47%/53%

Despite those numbers, the Leadership Forum Fellows for 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 have ALL been fellows . . . except for ONE token female.

* ONE out of 12 is dismal.
* ONE out of 12 is archaic.
* ONE out of 12 is sexist.

I e-mailed my concerns to Laura Doherty, Executive Director of Development & Alumni Relations.

She replied, inter alia:

We have spoken with this year’s Fellows about the need for diversity and are optimistic that they will select their successors for next year’s Forum with this in mind. You see, each year’s Fellows are responsible for recruiting the Fellows for the following year.

That’s unacceptable.

* Allowing Fellows to choose fellows to be next year’s Fellows perpetuates the “Good Old Boy” network.

* Having five men on stage (the Dean, McGlothlin, and 3 male Fellows) for three of the past four years sends a subtle and insidious message to students and attendees that there is no room for women at the table.

It’s 2014. Someone needs to send W&M that memo . . . and circle the date!

Aah . . . that’s better!

What do you think?  Do leaders need a penis to be effective?

Related posts:  From Dicks on the Dais to Dick’s Sporting Goods * Creating Bad Karma (NY Times)

Pragmatic Thoughts on Life & Death October 12, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance, People, Special Events.
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Much of my grandfather’s letters dealt with the day-to-day dramas of life in the Vermont legislature, keeping weeds out of his garden, chasing deer around during hunting season, and keeping up with Mother Nature’s efforts to paint a winter wonderland of white.

But he paid passing homage to the arrival and rearing of his grandkids and to the passing of friends and family:

1956

8/20 ~ “We are remembering October [Jamie's arrival] is not so far off and it won’t be long now. Tell Barbara it is OK to rush about with a wash cloth or something during the moving process but not to lift the piano. Let me know if we can do anything else.”

3D-Cow

1958

2/4 ~ “Dear Richard, Barb and “the Problem” ~ I was much interested in your account of feeding Jamie.  In learning calves to drink it was generally necessary to get them just a bit hungry.  I used to discourse on this to your mother and Aunt Lucy and get them quite indignant.  You and Marjorie were NOT calves!  I think Lucy thought me a bit brutal.  It wasn’t, it was just simple common sense.  The same basic strategy applies to all young creatures I think.”

My paternal grandparents with dad and Marjorie

My paternal grandparents with dad and Marjorie

6/29 ~ “As it is nearing July we will be looking for NEWS soon.” [My arrival]

7/20 ~ “We were pleased to get your call and the good news that everyone was OK. We expected it to be but it was nice to know it came and is over.” ["It came" = ME]

1959

2/26 ~ “Tell the children I think of them.  Possibly that will not mean much to Nancy.”

10/6 ~   “Margaret was quite worried over poor Nancy.  It must have been quite bad while it was sore.  [After spilling out of a run-a-way baby carriage, I required stitches in my tongue.]  It is wonderful how children get over such things.  I remember how worried we were when you upset your arm.  I was worried it might be stiff in the joint.  Lots of love and we will be happy to see you any time you can make it.”

1960

3/31 ~ “We just got a special delivery letter from Marjorie saying Louis Stevens died Sunday night.  She also said Douglas Bruce was born and that you called Aunt Pete.  [My younger brother's arrival.]  We were pleased to hear of it.  We could not feel too badly about Louis as he wasn’t enjoying life much at the last.  He told me he doubted if he would be there when I came home from Florida but he had had so many ups and downs it was a question.  I feel sorry but it is a relief for Rae, I believe, to know it is over.”

Doug's First Birthday

Doug’s First Birthday

5/21 ~ “We had quite a shock tonight. Mr. Hubbard, the minister, dropped dead with a heart attack. It was wholly unexpected. Margaret was very upset. He was erecting a flag pole at his place when it happened. So this is most of the news and tragedy. Like life is ~ some good ~ some bad. Come up any time if you feel like it.”

11/14 ~ “We still chuckle thinking how cute the children were at times.  I guess we would help spoil them if we were around all the time.”

12/23 ~ “Dear everyone, Probably I should write a line and throw in a few bright and salty remarks.  Douglas is too young for me to sum up yet but as far as Jamie and, especially Nancy, is concerned I have to say you are doing all right.  I have to grin internally every time I take a good look at her.”

C'est Moi!

C’est Moi!

1961

2/19 ~ “We enjoyed your letter and account of the kids.  I could picture what you meant ~ that is, the cross currents of your under-6 society.”

6/30 ~ “The sick people are as usual.  We are looking for news!” [Arrival of #4.]

7/16 ~ “I expect Barb is home and the problems in your home are different than those up here. Have courage, Barb, the first 100 years are the hardest. Hope baby will be good enough to sleep nights.”  [My younger sister's arrival.]

1962

10/15 ~ “It was 28 degrees this morning and sunny.  Hope everything goes well and that you can come up.  I realize it is quite a trip with children to consider but we would love to have you.  Margaret wants to see the children ~ not you! ~ the children!”

'Twas The Night Before Christmas

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas

 Aah . . . that’s better!

Citizen Muscle Boot Camp October 11, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Bulletin Board, People, Special Events, Sustainable Living.
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The Citizen Muscle Boot Camp is a 4-week online program designed to provide the skills you need to make change on the issues you care about.

It’s an exercise plan to make the world a better place!

The Citizen Muscle Boot Camp is designed to get each of us flexing our Citizen Muscles and building the skills we need to make change in our communities

Complete with videos from Annie; hands-on, interactive online exercises; and some additional tips and exercises to practice as we go about our day the Citizen Muscle Boot Camp helps us develop our skills as changemakers.

To participate in a Boot Camp, all you need is an internet connection, about an hour or two a week, and desire to make the world a better place.

To Register, click HERE.

Aah . . . that’s better!

A Spooktacular Contest October 10, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Fun & Games, Humor, Word Play, Writing & Writers.
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Snoopy-PumpkinSharpen your pencils, rev up your keyboards, check your typewriter ribbons!

It’s time for Susanna’s 4th Annual Halloweensie Contest.

In a pumpkin shell:

* 100 words (or less, no more)
* 3 required words ~> pumpkin, broomstick, creak
* prizes, prizes, prizes!!!

Post your story on your blog between 12:00 AM EDT Monday October 27th and Friday October 31st by 11:59 PM EDT and add your post-specific link to the list that will accompany Susanna’s October 27th post.

snoopy-&-linus-pumpkin-pathFor complete rules:  The 4th Annual Halloweensie Contest (Susanna Leonard Hill)

Tell her the Great Pumpkin sent ya!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source: Mixon Fruit Farms

 

A Rooftop Happy Hour October 9, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Happiness, Humor, Travel & Leisure.
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On Sunday, as we headed back to our car, I snapped this inviting bench outside a local watering hole.

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Caught up in the flow of the day, the bench caused an immediate craving for a cold adult beverage.  So we headed to the Chart House to enjoy Happy Hour under the impossibly blue sky.

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Situated on the Rooftop Deck, we ordered a trio of appetizers and two drinks.

I planned to take a photo when they arrived, but I forgot.  So instead of a gorgeous presentation like this:

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Or like this:

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Or like this:

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I snapped the last two Fried Artichoke Hearts with Lemon Basil Aioli:

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And the tail end of the plate of yummy Hummus:

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And the last few Truffled Fries and Friends (after the Friends got eaten):

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So you’ll have to take my word for it ~ they looked as good as they tasted!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Copper Creations October 8, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Spirit & Ego, Sustainable Living.
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On Sunday, we went to the 20th Annual Sarasota Arts & Crafts Festival where we met Bruce Trewyn who repurposes things on purpose.

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Like this fantastic fish.

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And this pair of manatee.

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To learn more about Bruce’s Creations:  Copper Creations Repurposed.

When you get to his site, click on the “Before & After” link to see an adorable dog made from a repurposed lamp.

Aah . . . that’s better!

It’s Done & Dusted! October 7, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Bulletin Board, Home & Garden, Humor.
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Despite what I said yesterday, some projects benefit from completion.

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If we had stalled mid-way through the painting project, our kitchen would still be strewn all over the living room.

Bananas, dish drainer, knives, and tea kettle by the back door.

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Coffee maker and spatulas in the midst of “Control Central.”

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Slow cooker, onions, Ninja, and recipe box in the spare bedroom.

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Although placement of the toaster next to the recliner might have come in handy for late night snacks, I wanted to return kitchen items to the kitchen.

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Including Tigger’s food and watering station.

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But before we could roll up the last drop cloth, we needed to move the hutch and other furniture away from the BIG wall.

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Away from the wide arc of potential paint splatters.

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That meant emptying out the dining room hutch.

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And providing temporary housing to its populace on the dining room table.

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While keeping my fingers crossed that BFF would NOT upend the table with an errant ladder.

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What?  He hit the chandelier with the ladder.

Twice.

Tigger heard him too.

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And an errant ladder leg took a hunk out of the bookcase BFF made me a few years ago.  But it’s fixed now . . .  so we’ll say no more about it.

At last it was time to tackle the last wall.  The BIG wall.

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To give you a sense of the scale, here’s the other side of the room after he finished the accent wall.

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These bookcases are 6 1/2 feet high.  The ceiling is . . . higher.  Much higher.

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That’s why BFF had to swing ladders around.  So I crossed my fingers and held my breath.

And voila!

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It’s DONE and DUSTED!

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Except for a few loose ends.  Like hanging photos.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed this squirrel’s eye view.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Related posts:  Love What You’ve Done With The Place * Another Fantasy Adventure

Getting It All Done October 6, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Life Balance, Life Lessons.
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I used to worry about not “getting it all done.”

I wondered how I would ever reach the bottom of my bucket list.  Every time I crossed an item off, two more things took its place.

Such is the nature of desire. As soon as one itch is scratched, a new itch arises.

These days, I realize that if I’m satisfied with the life I’m living (as a whole), there is little reason to get caught up in regret about people I didn’t meet, books I didn’t read (or write), conversations I didn’t have, foods I didn’t taste, pounds I didn’t lose, movies I didn’t watch, or places I didn’t see.

Now I’m free to enjoy the journey as each moment unfolds into the next without worrying about how much time I have left.

Aah . . . that’s better!

For a somewhat contrary view:  Getting Fierce GOALFEST (with prizes!) (Fat Bottom Fifties Get Fierce) * Walking Your Talk (Awakening To Awareness)

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