Nedra Mae Wood, 81, of Garrison, Texas passed away on May 16, 2020 in Garrison, Texas.
1938 – 2020
Nedra Mae Wood
Born November 10, 1938 in Tucson, Arizona, to the late Howard Wood and Anna (Mustain) Wood. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Nedra was only a small child living during the depression when she lost her mother, then a little while later her father. She was graciously taken in by her aunt and raised just like her own. While she persevered through life, she was a very talented artist, creating many pieces of her own throughout the years. Nedra was a devoted, loyal friend. She loved to be outdoors and was an avid gardener. Her loving spirit and kind soul will be missed.
She is survived by her special friend, Sally Langston; and numerous cousins; and a host of family and friends that will miss her dearly. Continue reading
We love Mexican Food. We Love It! So we take recipes and modify them to match our cooking style, and our available ingredients. Seems simple enough. And when easy recipes hit the jackpot, I am ready to use them again and again. After several attempts at Chili Verde, Anet and I agreed that this is our favorite Chili Verde recipe suited our taste buds very well.
One Brown Onion – Minced and Sauteed
three fresh jalapenos seeded, minced and sauteed
a pound or so of pork (loins, chops or whatever) cuy into cubes and browned.
put it all into a crock pot with a couple cups of Herdez Green Chili Verde Salsa
Let it cook on medium for a couple hours and serve over rice.
Easy, Tasty, Satisfying, Smells terrific, and We are happy.
Try this soup once and you will always remember it! Having achieved rave reviews around the table Butternut Squash Soup is a winner!
butter 1 Cube new line chopped onions three cups
chopped carrots four each
chopped celery three stalks
butternut squash cubes 8 cups
garlic cloves minced 3
chicken stock 8 cups
oregano 1 teaspoon
Granny Smith apples peeled cored diced three each
curry powder 1 tbsp
Dill 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon creme fresh (garnish)
saute onions, carrots, celery, and garlic in butter until onion is transparent
add cubed squash apples and chicken broth
add all seasonings similar until squash and carrots are soft about 40 minutes
use an emersion blender or regular blender to cream soup mix until smooth
adjust seasoning with salt (if needed)
For service, garnish with Creme Fresh and fresh dill
Will pair nicely with a good chardonnay.
Serves 16 (1-cup servings)
Thanks to Cheryl Keast for this wonderful recipe. Everyone ate three bowls and all were too full for the main course! Wow! Thanks!
I believe we are all familiar with the quality of hibernation from stories we were told as children, or we saw on the television. I do remember from the Disney show in my youth seeing this defined.
So on a trip once a few years back while at a roadside rest in the Mojave, I learned that snakes do a similar form of ‘hibernation’ in the hottest part of the summer called estivation. Now for reptiles that slow down during cold weather there is Brumation. So many words and such fun adding another one to the vocabulary, unless you were already familiar with all this. Enjoy!
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Journalism and reporting takes on many shades of yellow. Even when telling stories around the campfire, some can spin better yarns than others. The competition to create a darker and darker story seems endless. Many think they are ‘telling the truth’ when it is usually they are simply telling their versions or ‘side of the story’. Imagine an investigator trying to solve a crime, or an arbitrator attempting to get the ‘facts’ straight. What a puzzle!
First Rule of Investigation
I know one investigator who says the first rule of investigation is that everybody lies. Indeed it is so. The words we use and their personally attached interpretations, meanings and anchors often seriously complicate our ability to lift the fog of our misunderstandings.
Let’s examine one of my favorite misinterpretation quagmires which got my attention some time ago.
So a little background first. A long time ago there were crusaders. Crusaders sure sound like good guys, but are they? Depends on what the cause is and what you believe is the right way to handle it. Near the crusaders were reformers who were surely trying to bring knowledge to those they perceived were in need of enlightenment.
Who is the Good Guy?
The Zanskar Girls School Project seeks to educate young women and preserve Tibetan Culture. Located in North Eastern India in the State of Kargil, near Tibet, are some remnants of Tibetan Culture. The Zanskar Valley, which is isolated during five winter months, has a one room school with sixteen girls who live and learn for seven months of the year. They learn English, Indian, reading, writing and arithmetic, but importantly they learn of their Tibetan Culture, Peace, Buddhism and the Tibetan Language.
Zanskar Valley School
We wish to improve the conditions of the school and these women by supporting their growth and operation. There are three nuns who are the instructors. We are working to give support to build another room and allow more students to attend. Girls go to school here till eighteen, when they decide to become nuns, or go into the world and have families. The need to educate women is an important world issue, and we find this to be a fitting location to give our support.
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Tagged India, Tibet, Zanskar
Curious Condors of Navajo Bridge
On a beautiful warm August afternoon we had been admiring the southern part of the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. Such a beautiful display of colors. It was a feast for the eyes and the imagination. Luckily the road was open, as the rains from the previous days had closed the road with car sized boulders being washed into the highway. The ability of water to move huge rocks is amazing. My the forces of mother nature are incredible. We were on the north side of the Grand Canyon and the crossings of the great canyon and the Colorado river are few. Continue reading
Mary Alice Smith Mankins of Halcyon, California, died peacefully at home on November 14, 2015, of natural causes. She was 91. Born in November 1923 to Frank and Florence Smith of Marquette, Michigan, Mary Alice lived a vibrant and full life. Known as Totsie to her Michigan family and friends, she served proudly as a Rosie the Riveter during World War II, and worked as a dance instructor for the Arthur Murray Dance Studios. She earned her teaching credential at Northern Michigan University, Marquette, and relocated to California in 1951 to teach at Arroyo Grande High School. Continue reading