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Delaney wanted to shout to the world that her dad got a promotion to supervisor today- less than 3 months on the job and he has been promoted 2 times. Way to go daddy!

We are all so proud and excited for you Bob- I agree with Delaney…way to go!

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Chicken with Hoisin Sauce
From: Mrs. Chiang’s Szechwan Cookbook by Ellen Schrecker (with a few modifications)

2 whole chicken breasts (about 1-1/2 to 2 lb.)
6 scallions or onions
3 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 Tbsp. Chinese rice wine or cooking sherry
1 tsp. salt
5 to 6 cloves garlic
3 Tbsp. peanut oil
2 Tbsp. hoisin sauce
1 Tbsp. water

Bone the chicken and pull off all the skin. Chop the meat into 1-inch cubes and put them in a bowl. Clean the scallions and then cut them, the white part and most of the green, into 1/2-inch lengths. Add the scallions or onions to the chicken, along with the soy sauce, sesame oil, wine, and salt. Mix well and set aside to marinate for at least 15 minutes. Smash the garlic cloves with the side of your cleaver and then peel. Chop the garlic as fine as you can. Heat your wok or pan over a high flame for 15 seconds and then add the oil. It will be hot enough to cook with when the first tiny bubbles form and a few small wisps of smoke appear. When the oil is ready, toss in the chopped garlic and stir it around in the hot oil for 10 seconds. Add the hoisin sauce and stir-fry for 30 seconds, using your cooking shovel or spoon to keep the ingredients moving so they don’t burn or stick. Combine the water and the chicken mixture and stir well, then add the chicken mixture to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until the chicken is stiff and is completely cooked. Serve immediately.

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Linda and I decided to re-decorate the house now that she is done with school. We moved the wall unit that was in her bedroom into the living room, purchased a new couch and loveseat. Then we redecorated the bookshelves, got a new rug, pillows and throws. It looks much warmer (and fuller).
Here is a picture of the {{popup room.JPG room 423×291}}living room,{{popup couch.JPG couch 415×281}}couch with pillows & throw,{{popup rug.jpg room 228×316}}close up of the rug,and the {{popup bookcase.jpg room 249×319}}bookcase redecorated. My next job will be to re-paint the back wall (we painted it green-Linda doesn’t like it) and to add curtains across 6 windows to soften the quilted covers now on there. Then we hope to look for a bedroom set for Linda (she got a new bed last fall and got rid of the waterbed which meant she lost her frame). It looks pretty lost on the floor (though she likes it!) Slowly but surely we make this house a home! By the way…it’s open to visitors!

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hey everybody,
kay, Sorry i missed you this weekend but i took Kam to the Dr. sat. a.m. ( i thought he was getting pink eye) and by the time I got back 12 :30 yu guys were gone. I worked Sat. night so we will catch you next time. Hope you bought the stores out- do us proud!
Four weeks until Myrtle and we can’t wait… The weather sucks up here and I for one want to see grass!!! whether it’s my own or not. Kris we haven’t heard from you since Christmas- get on the stick and let us know what’s up! I understand you’re bringing air mattresses, what kind are they do you know? we have a queen we’re bringing but i need to borrow a pump. Sue

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No one uses this! When it comes time for me to renew – I won’t so our days are limited. I thought this was a great way for everyone spread all over to share news and keep in touch(I know a few did but not worth the time, effort and money I spend) silly me!

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May the people on this planet be changed.
Changed from hatred to love,
Changed from greed to giving,
Changed from selfishness to selflessness,
Changed from apathy to action,
Changed from jealousy to joy over someone’s accomplishments,
Changed from intolerance to acceptance,
Changed from being destructive to being constructive,
Changed from fighting to peace,
Changed from killing to protecting life,
Changed from censorship to freedom,
Changed from ignorance to education,
Changed from fearing our differences to rejoicing our variety.

May we each take it upon ourselves to feed the hungry, cure the sick,
house the homeless, educate the illiterate, love the unloved,
compete to do the right thing instead of winning at any cost,
make heros that teach our children to
make the world a better place instead of glorifying violence and war,
stand up and speak out against things that are wrong
instead of sitting back and waiting for someone else,
demand honesty from our governments,
demand honesty from ourselves.

May we each take responsibility for our own actions
and realize that by refusing to change ourselves,
we condone all the evils in the world.
If one person changes they teach others by example,
who in turn change and teach more,
one person becomes as a pebble rolling down a mountain,
picking up more pebbles as it continues,
becoming an avalanche of change.

It can happen, it must happen, it will happen.

To make this prayer work, you have to change yourself.

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The paper crane has become an international symbol of peace in recent years as a result of it’s connection to the story of a young Japanese girl named Sadako Sasaki born in 1943. Sadako was two years old when the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945. As she grew up, Sadako was a strong, courageous and athletic girl. In 1955, at age 11, while practicing for a big race, she became dizzy and fell to the ground. Sadako was diagnosed with Leukemia, “the atom bomb” disease.

Sadako’s best friend told her of an old Japanese legend which said that anyone who folds a thousand paper cranes would be granted a wish. Sadako hoped that the gods would grant her a wish to get well so that she could run again. She started to work on the paper cranes and completed over 1000 before dying on October 25, 1955 at the age of twelve.

The point is that she never gave up. She continued to make paper cranes until she died.
In 1958, a statue of Sadako holding a golden crane was unveiled in Hiroshima Peace Park. The children also made a wish which is inscribed at the bottom of the statue and reads:

“This is our cry, This is our prayer, Peace in the world”.

Today, people all over the world fold paper cranes and send them to Sadako’s monument in Hiroshima.
To learn to fold cranes….click here

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My friend Karen, who is currently touring the world, sent this to me… great inspiration! I’ve had some issues lately and this really helped!

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed that as one problem was solved a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me what do you see?” “Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” ! she replied.

She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they got soft. She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally,she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked. “What’s the point, mother?”

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity–boiling water–but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water.

“Which are you?” she asked her daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?”

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.

When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another level?

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Linda passed her boards! The fat lady has sung!

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Saturday was Linda’s graduation- as you can see from the program she gave the student speech and did a wonderful job (her first speech ever!). She looked so nice in her robe with a gold honor cord for Summa Cum Lauda (4.0 GPA) and a burgundy Honor cord for Student Ambassador (voted on by staff for academics, commitment and helping others). Two people in the whole school received these two cords- what can you say- she’s great! I took pictures but used my film camera so have to wait to get the pictures back. Our neighbors (Father Ed and his wife Jan) and her sister and Ralph came. She received red roses and we went to celebrate with a dinner afterwards. It is so hard to believe that the ordeal with Quaker is behind her and life is somewhat back to normal. This was quite the occassion!

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Tomorrow- February 10th is Kay C’s birthday- don’t forget to call and tell her you love her!

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I was watching food network the other day and Rachael Ray was making two very healthy pizzas that looked great! I thought I would pass them on for people to try! The Zucchini-roni pizza is supposed to taste just like real pepperoni, or so she said twenty times in the program. She said kids will love it! I’m excited to try it.

Also, I have a great pizza in the Family cookbook additions that’s worth trying! It’s my favorite and I make it at least once a month. It has pesto, tomatoes, spinach, Monteray Jack cheese, and artichoke hearts (and any additional veggies you’d like to add – like mushrooms – YUM!). …(click on the More button below for the recipes)…

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From: Better Homes and Gardens

A recent study done at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, showed surprising results: Sticky, silvery duct tape was found to be better at removing warts that the standard in-office method of freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen. …(click on the more link below)…

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From: Better Homes and Gardens

Too much of this bone-building mineral may actually hurt you.

If you’re feeling unusually fatigued or depressed, ask your doctor to check your blood calcium levels. You may be one of the estimated 100,000 people per year in the United States who has hyperparathyroidism, a problem that leaves too much calcium in your blood and not enough where you need it–your bones. …(click on the more link below)…

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