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Francine In Retirement


“A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.”
― James Allen, As a Man Thinketh


This post is the beginning to some wonderful things I’ve learned over the past few weeks.  I hope you will return to hear more.


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An Old Fashioned Apple Pudding


Fall is apple season, aoday I had some very special apples to process. They came from  trees growing in the yard of a house I’ve been helping clear out. Most of what Stephen and I had found was fit only for applesauce. However as I cut up our gleanings,I found to my great joy there were a few that had no worms or rotten spots to speak of and looked  easy to peel. We had recently eaten most of the things I usually make from apples–apple crisp, apple compote, and baked apples, so I wanted to find something new and different to make from this remarkable  fruit. I looked in my old Fanny Farmer’s Boston School of cooking cookbook and remembered something from my own childhood I had been fond of. Here is the recipe as Miss Farmer suggested making it, together with a note of what I did. I…

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Shirley and Jenny

This was part of Nature on PBS, the story of the reunion of two Elephants separated for 25 years.  My sister watched this and it just wrecked her.   There is no other way to describe the way these two mammoth creatures interact at the end of the video than “hugging”.  Perhaps elephants can love their friends as much as we humans love our own.

Watch this, and tell me that ivory is more valuable than the lives of the giving, loving creatures.