Tuesday, September 30, 2014

2014 Summer Movies #2: Places in The Heart

1930's Waxahachie, TX where a new widow takes in a boarder and a drifter who help her to keep her family homestead.  Released in 1984, we recently re-watched Robert Benton's film based on his home town.  Rated PG, the film does have some violence from racism and a tornado and a side story of the infidelity on the part of brother-in-law character.  The film strives for time period accuracy in furnishings, clothing, mannerisms and the like.  It's good example of  the depression era and it earned Sally Field her second Academy Award along with winning best original screenplay for 1985.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Randomness #261: And another insect (but this one's not for eating!)


This little critter was just outside our backdoor and we're glad he/she didn't get squashed by accident. Praying Mantis will eat any bug, both good and bad alike, but I still would rather have them in my yard than more pesticides.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Author #125: Daughter Leanne Campbell writes China Study Cookbook

The daughter of Dr. T. Colin Campbell (coauthor of The China Study) has written a cookbook titled (aptly) The China Study Cookbook.


We recently tried the Aztec Soup with onions, cayenne pepper, black beans, corn and lime juice in the base and topped with an avocado, tomato and cilantro salsa.  It was very filling and good at the same time.  It was better after a couple of days when the flavors had mellowed and blended more.  I think we may double the salsa next time since the avocado really added a mild creaminess to the soup which was of a spicy/sour blend with the cayenne and lime.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Author #124: Facts and Figures in the USA compiled by Dulberger

Michael D. Dulberger compares everything from Population Over Age 64 (Florida has the highest) to Grade 8 Science Proficiency Levels (North Dakota kids score highest) to Land Area (Alaska leads-dwarfing Texas by more than double the land area) to State Gasoline Tax ( Washington has the highest) to a slew of other categories.  It's a snapshot look at our nation and where each state ranks in Ranking America's Fifty States: A Comparison in Graphic Detail.  If you're any kind of a number cruncher, this book is for you.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday Randomness #90: More inconsistencies in life


  • A few years ago Daisy was invited to a birthday party and we typically write notes to remind us of upcoming events.  The following conversation occurred: "Daisy, do you need to put a note on the mirror?"  "No, I remember things about parties."

Mica was going to go to see Nacho Libre with some friends and they were planning on having nachos .  She remarked it was going to be a cheesy affair in more ways than one.



  • A disgruntled Daisy to a jubilant Mica after playing a board game:  "I'm not a sore loser, it's just that you won."


  • At the beginning of the school year one of the girls got a water bottle with a smart code on the side and a statement that it was a bottle of knowledge.  They responded that it may have been a bottle of knowledge for most people but for them it was the bottle of ignorance because they didn't have a smart phone.


  • Our local library increased the number of items you can checkout.  When telling Mica about this she was all excited and asked if it was increasing to 100 items to which I responded no, only to 50 and she responded with a little "oh" of disappointment.  How many kids are upset that the library limit of 30 items has only been raised to 50 items?  (Side note-she typically has her card maxed out with the new maximum so maybe she really does need a 100 item limit!)