I ripped out on the bike early yesterday for a gorgeously cool and clear blue sky late fall ride through Ashland, Holliston and Hopkinton intent on getting to Pine Grove Cemetery in Westborough at 9:30 for our town’s annual Veterans Day event. Just like every time I’m on the bike, while my legs spin, eyes watch the road and ears listen for cars around me, my mind takes off to wherever it wants to go.
Yesterday morning, as I usually do on Veterans Day, I thought about friends who died serving – all of them from training, none from combat. I remember them mostly for their smile or laugh – great guys, all of them – and those memories keep them alive in my mind.
Then I thought about what joining the navy meant for me. I never was a scholar, but the recruiters told me I’d written my way to becoming an Intelligence Officer. At the time, that was the most significant shot of confidence in my life. And that confidence only grew stronger the more I did in the navy with those around me. I loved it – and still do – and, over time, learned that more than anything that confidence is linked to serving something that’s a lot bigger than me – all of it in the here and now.
Here and now is all we have, and the challenges we face are fantastic. I’m glad for the confidence I gained serving with the terrific people I got to know in all our armed forces. I’m even more glad keeping that spirit of service fresh, alive and in the present with the terrific people I’ve gotten to know in our town and now across our state.
I know from experience service makes a difference and is something we all can do. It’s all about participating in and contributing to life.
The whiskey sour, also known as a bourbon sour, is the first mixed drink I learned from my dad quite a few years ago. Below are a couple tips. Just click this link or the picture above for a complete step-by-step picture book recipe.
Whiskey (Bourbon) Sour TIPS:
1. Rule of Thumb: For every 1 ounce of lemon juice, add 1 teaspoon sugar, and 2 ounces bourbon. The goal with this drink is to create a full, slightly sweetened but tart “Wah!” of flavor. Just great!
2. About the ingredients: Making the drink with a quality bourbon is important, though it’s the lemons that make the most significant difference in the drink because lemons can vary so much in sweet and sour flavor. For the best possible drink, use fresh lemons that are heavier in weight and slightly soft to the touch as they should also be juicier and more flavorful than those that are lighter in weight and rock hard to touch.
Who says we older kids have to miss out on trick-or-treating? No way!
Took a terrific Halloween ghostly grey sky ride to the Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA this afternoon. Passed Week’s Cemetery at the corner of Sudbury and Concord Roads in Marlborough. Read more »
I’m gonna’ try something different: bullet blogging. Why?
Locally grown tomatoes are at the grand finale peak of their season right now. And if you’re a tomato lover, nothing tastes better than a sun-drenched fat, ripe tomato fresh from the field. Just terrific!
The tomato, fresh basil & mozzarella cheese salad you see above is just as fantastically flavorful as it is quick and easy to make – just click this link or either picture on this page for Gotta’ Eat, Can’t Cook step-by-step picture book directions. And with such great, fresh ingredients like those shown below from local Berberian Farm in Northborough, Massachusetts, there’s no need to lay on a lot of dressing. All you need is a light, even pour of olive oil, a shake of salt, good crunch of ground black pepper and an optional taste bud singing, zesty shot of balsamic vinegar. Done!
Abraham Lincoln said it clearly only 150 years ago: “With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.” That line has held true through history, and it sure applies to what we as a unified world choose to do about Syria – and our future.
Just look at what’s happened since the Syrians used chemical weapons on their own people on August 21st. International outrage continues to rise while opposition to a retaliatory strike has become nearly unanimous. Even here in the US, where the thought of going it alone is still on the table, the world’s public sentiment is echoed loudly by congressional support that diminishes by the day and public opinion that is in the distinct minority. Read more »
One morning years ago, my then 10-year old daughter wanted to make a sandwich to bring to school for lunch. The only problem: no bread.
No big deal. We dug through the fridge, found some sliced turkey, shredded cheese and a tortilla and turned that into a Read more »