Thursday, May 31, 2007

"Snails and nails and puppy dog tails"

Jerry Falwell must be rolling over in his grave.

Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne Cheney, welcomed their sixth grandchild, Samuel David Cheney, Wednesday, May 23, 2007. He weighed 8 lbs., 6 oz and was born at 9:46 a.m. at Sibley Hospital in Washington, D.C. His parents are the Cheneys’ daughter Mary, and her partner, Heather Poe. White House photo by David Bohrer.

Monday, May 14, 2007

North, to Alaska!

My husband and I are off on our 2nd trek to Alaska, returning on May 25th. I can't explain the beauty or 'majesty,' I've never actually used that word, but somehow it's appropriate (if you've ever been to The Great Land, you'll understand.) We will spend this week in Seattle -my fave BIG CITY (must be all the coffee!) - then sail on Friday. Signing off until we meet again...Peace.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Le Petit Prince

I have begun reading for the upteenth time, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Originally written in French in 1943, there's always been a debate whether this is a children's book or a children's book written for adults. I tend to believe the latter. Having read it for the first time in my early college years at about age 19, it was a life-changing experience- REALLY! (I was also reading Alan Watts and Krishnamurti at this time-ahhhh, those were the days!)

Basically, a pilot crashes in the Sahara Desert and meets an extra-terrestrial -the Little Prince- from planet B612, but the powerful essence of the whole story is spoken by the fox (my favorite character) to the Little Prince: "On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur, l'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux" = "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye." The first time I read that it BLEW MY MIND!

If you haven't read it, check it out at your local public library. If you have read it, read it again this summer, you won't be sorry.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Last Night's State Dinner Menu

Spring pea soup with fernleaf lavender
Chive Pizzelle with American caviar
Newton Chardonnay 2004
Dover sole almondine with roasted artichokes, pequillo peppers and olives
Saddle of spring lamb with a chanterelle sauce and fricasee of baby vegetables
Peter Michael Les Pavots 2003
Arugula salad with savannah mustard and mint romaine in a champagne dressing
Trio of farmhouse cheeses
Rose blossoms
Schramsberg Brute Rose 2004.

I wonder what the survivor's in Greensburg, Kansas had for dinner?

Monday, May 07, 2007

May 1, 2007 -High School Students Walkout in Protest

Isn't it interesting that when such protests are scheduled after school hours, the turnout of student "activists" is usually very small.

Too bad these young "activists" do not understand that their parents came here to make their lives better, and part of that is education.