"The thing about eating the Black and White cookie, Elaine, is you want to get some black and some white in each bite. Nothing mixes better than vanilla and chocolate And yet somehow racial harmony eludes us. If people would only look to the cookie all our problems would be solved." – Jerry to Elaine (Seinfeld, Season 5, The Dinner Party)
Out of the Kitchen
While the pie is in the oven…
Here is where I will reply to “non-food” topics, such as Daily Wisdom, writing prompts and writing challenges, and responses to other blogs.
Daily Wisdom’s Word of the Day: March 5, 2014
Word of the Day: doodad
Definition: (noun) Something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known.
Synonyms: gizmo, gubbins, thingamabob, thingamajig, thingummy, whatchamacallit, whatsis, widget, doohickey, doojigger, gimmick
Usage: My twin sister and I have a special bond, so when she asks to borrow my doodad, I know exactly what she is talking about.
(Word of the Day provided by TheFreeDictionary)
I hadn’t realized how many different words there were in English for doodad. I wonder about other languages – what are the Spanish or French equivalents to “doodad”? How many different synonyms for “doodad” exist in these languages?
To add to the list above, I often call something a “bad boy” when I cannot think of the name at the time. Well, I teach elementary education, and every now and then when I say “bad boy,” one of my male students asks if I was referring to him:-)
Daily Wisdom: In the News, March 5, 2014
“Cameras Capture Reptilian Death Match”
In the News, provided by TheFreeDictionary
How badly do you want something? Are you persistent enough to stick with it? Do you have the strength (strenghth of character, not physical strength) to work for what you want?
Weekly Writing Challenge: The Golden Years, March 10-16, 2014
You always hear how this generation has it so much easier than the previous generations. When this comment is made, supporting evidence is given regarding current technology. Of course, technology makes life easier; isn’t that why we use technology – to continuously improve that which helps us in our lives? Don’t forget, though, that we “older” generation folks enjoy the freedoms and benefits which technology provides. Just look at your phone. It’s not just a phone, is it? There’s a camera – ten, fifteen years ago, how many times were you somewhere and said to yourself, oh I wish I had my camera to take a picture of this? What else does this phone have which has made life easier for you: calendar, memos, appointment book, photo album, maps, GPS, clock, stopwatch, timer, alarm, calculator, compass, and games. Now, 15 years ago, I did not have all this easily accessible in my phone. In fact, I didn’t even have a mobile phone, so there was no reason to panic if I was out somewhere and realized that I left my phone at home.
Kids today (I know, the start of that sentence makes me sound like an old fogy) were born into the technology of smart phones, tablets, notebooks, interactive TVs and whiteboards, and basically no matter where they are, someone or something is “online.” True, the youth get to enjoy the luxuries of all this – games to play, access to homework assistance, video chats with distant relatives, and for many, their own phones and email accounts. In many ways, the present generation of children do have life easier than previous generations. In many ways, though, today’s youth also has it harder. The Digital Divide aside, today’s youth does not know what it’s like to wait several days for a letter to arrive in the mail, or wait hours (or even days) for photos to be developed. Remember when the doctor took a throat culture, and you had to wait 48 hours to find out whether or not you had strep throat? Now, various medical test results are back almost immediately. How about riding in the backseat of your parents’ car and watching TV. No, that wasn’t us, that’s today’s children.
Wait, wasn’t my point supposed to be that kids today have some things hard? Yes, all this immediate gratification from today’s technology has made children very dependent on it. How many times have we adults had to show a child how to use a dictionary, encyclopedia, or phone book, only to have the children ask, “Why can’t we just look it up on the computer?” Many parents struggle to get their children to read a book, when all the children want to do is keep their eyes on the screen of whatever device they find entertaining at the time. How about doing something as a family? No, this does not mean that everyone is in the same room of the house while texting/playing/watching/listening on their own individual devices.
How can we make our children less dependent of the technology? First, stop thinking that children have it so much easier, then you are truly able to focus on potential problems. Second, be a role model. Truly want to have a family dinner? That means everyone is seated at the table at the same time – not one in the kitchen, two in the dining room, two in the living room, and one upstairs – and No electronic devices at the dinner table. Third, remember to monitor your children when they use electronics. Especially when they are online. This is not a matter of trust; it’s a matter of safety.
As with every generation, they have many things easier than the previous generations. With the luxuries of this technology, though, comes issues of manners, responsibility, and safety, the task of teaching these fall upon the older generations.
3 Words A Day – Day 84: The Answer Lies Under Where?
No, I did not forget you were coming over.
Yes, I forgot to start cleaning early enough.
I tried to clean this junky cluttered house.
I did not have enough time to de-junk this clutter.
There are at least a score of things left to de-clutter this junk.
No, I am not embarrassed that you have seen the unfolded laundry sitting on the sofa.
(Yes, I am embarrassed that you have seen my underwear sitting on the sofa.)
Can somebody tell me why she would not agree to a second date?
The Found Poetry Review: Oulipost N+7 >>>>
Here is Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address:
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives, that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate – we can not hallow – this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
It is for us, the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here, have, thus far, so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Now, here is Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address redone with the online N+7 generator:
Four scoundrel and seven yes-men ago our fauns brought forth, upon this contortionist, a new naturalist, conceived in License, and dedicated to the prosecutor that all mandibles are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil ware, thatch whether that naturalist, or any naturalist so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great bayonet-fight of that ware. We have come to dedicate a posit of that fight, as a final resting-plaid for those who here gave their lives, that that naturalist might live. It is altogether fizzle and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sentry, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate – we can not hallow – this grouse. The breadfruit mandibles, lob and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor praise to add or detract. The wound will little nought, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
It is for us, the lob, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here, have, thus far, so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great taunt remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased diagram to that caveman for which they here gave the last full medallion of diagram – that we here highly respond that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this naturalist, under Godson, shall have a new bishop of freethinker – and that gradient of the perch, by the perch, for the perch, shall not perish from the east.