30 September 2009
This lampshade chef had a very long day at the hotel kitchen... - Photo by Tracy Hunter @ Flickr
From Denny: Had some fun today and put up a post chock full of funny cooking quotes! When it comes to cooking there are a variety of opinions. Here's a "chef's table" sampling of the cheeky quote menu:
* In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport. - Julia Child
* Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. - Harriet Van Horne
* The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found. - Calvin Trillin
* When men reach their sixties and retire, they go to pieces. Women go right on cooking. - Gail Sheehy
* Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. - G. K. Chesterson (1874-1936)
* Recipe For Chili: Put a pot of chili on the stove to simmer. Let it simmer. Meanwhile, broil a good steak. Eat the steak. Let the chili simmer. Ignore it. - Allan Shivers, former governor of Texas
* I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead - not sick, not wounded - dead. - Woody Allen
* Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat. - Alex Levine
* In Mexico we have a word for sushi: bait. - Jose Simon
For more of Cheeky Quote Day, go here! :)
29 September 2009
Viagra trials, looking for volunteers...
Male fashion show, showing off...
He's your date for tonight, girls!
28 September 2009
27 September 2009
26 September 2009
Wing King's BBQ Buffalo wings
From: Drew Cerza
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
• 2 T. butter
• 1 large shallot
• 2 garlic cloves
• Dark beer 2 oz.
• Chili sauce 1 cup
• BBQ sauce 1 cup
• (Stir up for 1 minute)
• Ancho pepper 1 1/2 t.
• Brown sugar 1/2 cup
• Honey 1/2 cup
• Cayenne pepper sauce 4 oz.
Chop up and sauté butter, shallot and garlic cloves. Add dark beer, chili sauce and BBQ sauce — stir up for 1 minute. Add ancho pepper, brown sugar, honey, cayenne pepper sauce — stir for 2 minutes.
As you create the sauce, drop 50 chicken wings (the amount you drop in at one time will depend on the size of your fryer) in your table-top deep fryer.
Once wings are fully cooked, sauce the wings in a large mixing bowl. To plate the wings: Garnish the plate with celery and carrots and serve with a side of blue cheese dressing.
Serve with celery and blue cheese dressing. For equally crispy wings: Deep-fry wings at 375° F (High) 10 minutes until cooked and crispy; drain and serve.
Original Buffalo Wings
From: Drew Cerza
Makes: 24-30 individual pieces
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
• 2 1/2 pounds chicken wings
• 1/2 cup hot sauce
• 1/3 cup melted butter or margarine
Split wings at each joint; discard tips. Place wings on rack in foil-lined pan.
Bake 20 minutes at 500° F until fully cooked and crispy, turning halfway.
Combine hot sauce and butter. Dip wings in sauce to coat completely.
Serve with celery and blue cheese dressing. For equally crispy wings: Deep-fry wings at 375° F (High) 10 minutes until cooked and crispy; drain and serve.
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From Denny: I like to thank my fellow flickr photographers whenever I place one or more of their photos in an online article or poem on my blogs here at this blog. They are generous enough to place many of their best photos in the Creative Commons area for use by online writers like me! Thank you so much!
There are a total of 13 photos in the Rain Blessings poem. Lately, I've taken to writing more than photographing but still like to combine the two mediums, blending into one statement. Blogging is the perfect use of art in word, poetry and images, enjoy!
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25 September 2009
24 September 2009
From Denny: Make sure you collect your work week laughs of funny quotes over at The Social Poets! I've been wrestling with my Twitter account for several months now and it's been slowing down my daily posting on time. Along the way of building a new account I've found a lot of funny quotes on Twitter to give you some grins! For your dose of cheeky quotes, go here.
Photo by I'm Fantastic @ flickr
23 September 2009
22 September 2009
Photo by snuzzy @ flickr
From Denny: While I was setting up a new account on Twitter now called DennyLyon7 (the old one - warriorlight - got messed up from putting a badge of support on my avatar.
Note to self: Never put a badge of support on your avatar ever again. Write this 1,000 times on the blackboard or digital equivalent thereof. It was a lemonade badge to support kids with cancer. No good deed goes unpunished. :)
So, while I was laughing at myself (and groaning about all the tedious tech work for the past week this has required) I thought I'd fish around for some funny quotes about human nature so you could laugh with me! Even the dog is laughing...
* Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, a sense of humor to console him for what he is. - Oscar Wilde
* All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it. - H. L. Mencken
And my absolute favorite:
* Never be afraid to laugh at yourself, after all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century. - Dame Edna Everage
21 September 2009
From Denny: What is cute about these cat quotes is they say more about us than the cats, enjoy! Keep a grin the rest of the work week. :)
* A cat can be trusted to purr when she is pleased, which is more than can be said for human beings. - William Ralph Inge
* A catless writer is almost inconceivable. It's a perverse taste, really, since it would be easier to write with a herd of buffalo in the room than even one cat; they make nests in the notes and bite the end of the pen and walk on the typewriter keys. - Barbara Holland
* After scolding one's cat one looks into its face and is seized by the ugly suspicion that it understood every word. And has filed it for reference. - Charlotte Gray
* Cat lovers can readily be identified. Their clothes always look old and well used. Their sheets look like bath towels and their bath towels look like a collection of knitting mistakes. - Eric Gurney
* Cats do care. For example they know instinctively what time we have to be at work in the morning and they wake us up twenty minutes before the alarm goes off. - Michael Nelson
* Cats were put into the world to disprove the dogma that all things were created to serve man. - Paul Gray
* God made the cat in order that man might have the pleasure of caressing the lion. - Fernand Mery
* Everything I know I learned from my cat: When you're hungry, eat. When you're tired, nap in a sunbeam. When you go to the vet's, pee on your owner. - Gary Smith
* I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It's not. Mine had me trained in two days. - Bill Dana
* I have noticed that what cats most appreciate in a human being is not the ability to produce food which they take for granted, but his or her entertainment value. - Anonymous
20 September 2009
19 September 2009
Then it's on to The Bad Behavior Club from bad sportsmanship to mean-spirited awards ceremony hissing to political screaming at a dignified event.
Of course, we are all affected by and frustrated with big banks refusing to lend us the money our bailout provided them to the credit card companies feeing us to death for no reason.
Then there's the usual suspects concerning health care reform
*** Make sure you check out Dennys Global Politics for the latest political stories about Iran and more this week, go here.
*** Usually, I park these editorial cartoons at The Social Poets on Saturday mornings. So, if I forget to share over here just know you can find them over at the The Social Poets. Thanks for visiting!
18 September 2009
You have to take a look at these creative offerings they are so clever and amusing! You will also leave hungry... :)
17 September 2009
"From the desperation of an empty bank account came the inspiration Lionel Thompson needed to help others who were stuck in a similar situation."
16 September 2009
"An animal trainer in Chicago runs a theatre performance group that demonstrates how shelter dogs loved and trained by their owners make splendid pets."
Photo by *L*u*z*a* @ flickr
From Denny: Here's an idea of what Cheeky Quote Day is like over at The Social Poets, enjoy!
Since so much is up in the air with the economy worldwide, and my audience is an international one (BTW, thank you everyone for your great support!), I thought I’d put up some quotes about retirement. After all, we all are dreaming about that “one day” of what we would like to do without anyone telling us it can’t be done!
While I was driving all day Monday out of town on sales calls I saw a lot of travel trailers and motor homes towing SUVs. I sure wondered where they were going and what they were going to do when they got there. I’ve been seeing those happy people motoring down the road for several months now and it sure got my curiosity up and turned my mind to the subject of retirement.
The first comedian from the past that came to mind concerning retirement was George Burns. He was quite the character and well loved in America. As he aged he made a new career out of standing on stage with an unlit cigar, a sly grin, and cracked jokes in his understated manner until his late nineties. He was in show business all his life beginning in Vaudeville.
George Burns isn’t the only comedian to craft a whole routine around the subject of retirement. The following are all kinds of perspectives about what it is like to retire from your job – or what you thought it might be like to retire! :) Get a grin and think good thoughts for your future.
Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous. When I was sixty-five I still had pimples. - George Burns
The best time to start thinking about your retirement is before the boss does. – Anonymous
Retirement: It's nice to get out of the rat race, but you have to learn to get along with less cheese. - Gene Perret
Retirement is wonderful. It's doing nothing without worrying about getting caught at it. - Gene Perret
When you retire, you switch bosses - from the one who hired you to the one who married you. - Gene Perret
I enjoy waking up and not having to go to work. So I do it three or four times a day. - Gene Perret
I'm now as free as the breeze - with roughly the same income. - Gene Perret
The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off. - Abe Lemons
The money's no better in retirement but the hours are! - Anonymous
When a man retires, his wife gets twice the husband but only half the income. - Chi Chi Rodriguez
A retired husband is often a wife's full-time job. - Ella Harris
I've been attending lots of seminars in my retirement. They're called naps. - Merri Brownworth
I'm retired - goodbye tension, hello pension! – Anonymous
Retirement itself is the best gift. No gold watch could ever top it. - Abigail Charleson
Retirement: World's longest coffee break. – Anonymous
Retirement has been a discovery of beauty for me. I never had the time before to notice the beauty of my grandkids, my wife, the tree outside my very own front door. And, the beauty of time itself. - Hartman Jule
Middle age is when work is a lot less fun and fun is a lot more work. – Anonymous
Life begins at retirement. – Anonymous
The challenge of retirement is how to spend time without spending money. – Anonymous
If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles. - Doug Larson
There are some who start their retirement long before they stop working. - Robert Half
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. - J. Lubbock
When you retire, think and act as if you were still working; when you're still working, think and act a bit as if you were already retired. – Anonymous
The question isn't at what age I want to retire, it's at what income. - George Foreman, prize fighter
I'm not just retiring from the company, I'm also retiring from my stress, my commute, my alarm clock, and my iron. - Hartman Jule
Golf is played by twenty million mature American men whose wives think they are out having fun. - Jim Bishop
Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness. - William Wordsworth
Retirement means no pressure, no stress, no heartache... unless you play golf. - Gene Perret
In my retirement I go for a short swim at least once or twice every day. It's either that or buy a new golf ball. - Gene Perret
The reason the pro tells you to keep your head down is so you can't see him laughing. - Phyllis Diller, comedian
If you drink, don't drive. Don't even putt. - Dean Martin, actor, comedian, singer
If you are going to throw a club, it is important to throw it ahead of you, down the fairway, so you don't have to waste energy going back to pick it up. - Tommy Bolt
Retirement kills more people than hard work ever did. - Malcolm Forbes
Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. - Will Rogers, Autobiography, 1949
When men reach their sixties and retire, they go to pieces. Women go right on cooking. - Gail Sheehy
There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want. - Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes, cartoonist
A gold watch is the most appropriate gift for retirement, as its recipients have given up so many of their golden hours in a lifetime of service. - Harry Mahtar
Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering. - Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A.A. Milne
Retire from work, but not from life. - M.K. Soni
Retirement is like a long vacation in Las Vegas. The goal is to enjoy it the fullest, but not so fully that you run out of money. - Jonathan Clements
Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life. - Herbert Asquith
Retirement is the ugliest word in the language. - Ernest Hemingway, writer
First you forget names; then you forget faces; then you forget to zip up your fly; and then you forget to unzip your fly. - Branch Rickey
You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely. - Anonymous
In retirement, every day is Boss Day and every day is Employee Appreciation Day. – Anonymous
Retirement: That's when you return from work one day and say, "Hi, Honey, I'm home - forever." - Gene Perret
Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow. - Douglas Pagels, These Are the Gifts I'd Like to Give to You
*** Comedy writer Gene Perret has been writing television comedy since the 1960’s. For more about him, go here.
Have a great work week, everyone! Keep your head down and your attitude looking up! You never know when you will get to retire and add some cheeky quotes of your own to the funny category of life…
15 September 2009
I always enjoyed his dancing and he was a great guy, loved by his fellow actors as much as by the public. Here are some of the headlines about him:
Film heartthrob Patrick Swayze dies of cancer at 57
Appreciation: Patrick Swayze's Sexy Film Career
'The View' talks Swayze, Swift and Gosselin
Photo gallery of Swayze by Life Magazine
Jennifer Grey: I Remember Being in Patrick Swayze's Arms for the movie Dirty Dancing
To watch the rest of the group dance, of course, the profit makers disabled all the Swayze dance videos, so go to this YouTube link.
Patrick Swayze danced his way through life, into our hearts, made us laugh, gave us a lot of joy and danced on into Heaven. Rest in Peace and our prayers are with your wife and family...
14 September 2009
From Denny: Senator Ted Kennedy's new memoir book is out: True Compass. I am surprised to learn this is the only memoir actually written by a Kennedy! The Senator worked hard to finish this book in his last days and did not want it released until after his death.
Here The Today Show's Matt Lauer interviews the two sons of Ted Kennedy:
This video is from 3 Sept and gives the highlight recap news clips of many of the best videos coverage of the passing of Ted Kennedy:
13 September 2009
12 September 2009
Turns out he was invited there by the head coach to pull a prank on the team. It's really cute and funny. As Bill Withers said to the team, "You've been punked!" And they all cracked up laughing.
11 September 2009
Psalm 91:11 - And He will give His Angels charge over you to guard you in all your ways.
From Denny: Since this particular poem was a hard write, and I'm a bit emotionally tired and saturated to say the least, here's the link to my latest poem over at The Social Poets, called Rock, My Children. Found some awesome art photos over at flickr to illustrate it!
Rock, My Children is about how to deal with loss. Never planned on writing about these experiences but lately there has been so much news about people encountering terrible loss in their lives. And, here it is the 911 anniversary, a tough day for so many folks all over the world.
When I was fishing around for inspiration I found Robin's blog Naked in Eden and some of those word phrases sprinkled throughout one of her posts just struck me right (like "abyss of emotion") and before I knew it the poem was forming in my head. Went to flickr first before writing it down as the poem was still a lot of raw emotions swirling and I needed some visual anchors.
Rock, My Children deals with loss, disappointment, and looking to the future for understanding Life's Plan. When you ask the question, you receive the answer though it may take fifteen years like it did in my case.
Received an incredibly awesome comment from fellow spiritual blogger Robin from Naked in Eden after I sent her the link to show her how she had inspired me to write the poem. Just skip on past the poem to read what she has to say it's that great! I've been grinning silly all day - and behind in my posting - since she posted that loving comment...
Rock, My Children, go here.
10 September 2009
09 September 2009
From Denny: It's Cheeky Quote Day over at The Social Poets and today I'm featuring another early American entertainer who was a big hit during the dreary Depression years: actress Mae West.
The woman was known for being a bit saucy and downright risque for her time period. She was a child actress in Vaudeville who grew up to write her own comedic material and star in many a Hollywood movie during the 1930's.
To read more about her and enjoy many more rib-tickling quotes from her and a couple of short videos from her movies, go check out Cheeky Quote Day, here.
3 Quotes From Mae West
* I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.
* Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.
* Don't keep a man guessing too long - he's sure to find the answer somewhere else.
For Cheeky Quote Day featuring Mae West, go here.
08 September 2009
07 September 2009
As a kid growing up in the intelligence community I remember all the adults talking about this subject endlessly: what they had heard from pilots' eye witness accounts - as well as the mathematicians and scientists speculating as to the percentages of other intelligent life. I guess at some point in human history we will have to deal with the meeting of alien species.
Of course, if you take a look at ancient cave drawings, Egyptian hieroglyphs and the mountain top airstrip like earth drawings in Peru it does give you pause, wondering if humanity has already met and friended people from other worlds.
Rest assured, the SETI project set up by co-founder of Microsoft, is still listening to the universe for signs that company might be coming...
05 September 2009
04 September 2009
From Denny: It's Libations Friday! over at The Social Poets! Featured is a new poem that is rich with wonderful art photos: Soul Journey. If you are a blogger or writer you can place these wonderful photos in your posts and articles as they are from flickr's Creative Commons.
To read Soul Journey and enjoy its wonderful art photos, go here.
Photo by alicepopkorn @ flickr
03 September 2009
From Denny: I've contacted Blogger several times and no response for the past two almost three months this has been going on. Apparently, there are hundreds of bloggers on blogspot with the same issue and yet there are others who have no problems.
Thinking it might be the placement of ads on the sidebar, I moved them to other places on the blog. When that didn't work, I just removed many ads. That didn't work either. Tried other bright ideas and none of them worked.
In total frustration, just removed the offending gadgets that are not working right. Can I tell you that I'm not happy with Blogger and Google right now over what should be a simple fix? :) It's rude to allow the erasing of other people like they don't exist. People want that connection to you as a blogger and the free marketing feature of their sites connected too.
What's the temporary solution until these disappearing faces on the gadgets get resolved? The next best solution is that even if you are not a blogger you can have your face and site featured on my other gadgets that do seem to have their act together: MyBlogLog, BlogCatalog and FuelMyBlog. I'll try and get more featured gadgets by joining some more blog directories. Then there's Twitter Counter too for advancing your Twitter followers' count and marketing your site.
Thanks for your support, everyone, and sorry for this inconvenience.
02 September 2009
From Denny: It's Cheeky Quote Day! over at The Social Poets! To enjoy some really great funny quotes and a short bio on one of America's funniest men in history, Will Rogers, go here.
01 September 2009
From Denny: Death is a subject few people in America want to deal with and yet it happens to us all - well, almost all, maybe some of us are part of the Highlander's Immortal Clan. Time will tell on that one! :)
Death is like this celebrity no one wants to meet. (Hmmm... sounds like one of those quotable quotes your own spirit speaks out loud when you just know something is really true...)
This past week the news coverage has been heavy on the passing of a political American icon, Senator Ted Kennedy. He was fully prepared for death as he had his faith and relationship with God. People who are spiritually connected do well when their time comes.
People who are more connected only to religion and only on the mental, not heart, level don't do well. The heart really is the center of our spirits. Yet, it's amazing how easily we can hide the truth from ourselves - until a significant event like the passing of a celebrity or a beloved family member opens the door to our heart to take some inventory.
This has been a rough week of spiritual shake-up and awakening for millions of people in America. People are examining their own lives as to their current path and how they would like to alter their course to something far more positive. Observing Ted Kennedy's life in review from the shameful to the triumphant gives us all pause to say, "What's next?"
I thought folks might like a little emotional cool down from all the intensity this past week. Included today are some funny witty quotes about how others perceived Death, that unwelcome odious guy no one wants to invite to their house. To me, there is nothing better than putting your face into the wind and pushing forward into the scary unknown, only to discover incredible new wonders and be delightfully amazed at newly found spiritual awareness. It also helps to laugh a lot along the way.
* Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it. - W. Somerset Maugham, British playwright, 1874 - 1965
* Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon. - Susan Ertz, short story writer and novelist, 1894 - 1985
* I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it. - Mark Twain, writer and American humorist, 1835 - 1910
* I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure. - Clarence Darrow, American lawyer, 1857 - 1938
* Some men are alive simply because it is against the law to kill them. - Edward W. Howe, American writer