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Beyond Meat Is Beyond Me

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- jim Young 190912

“Most of the mistakes in thinking are inadequacies of perception rather than mistakes of logic.” -  Edward de Bono

I remember the Yogurt craze of the 1970s when those we generally referred to as “health food nuts” began touting the beneficial value of yogurt.

Suddenly yogurt was available everywhere and it wasn’t long before it began appearing in the forms of ice cream and candy.

“It’s yogurt candy!” I would hear people exclaim and I cringed when they inevitably jumped to the erroneous conclusion, “it must be good for you.”

People are funny like that. And when I say “people are funny like that,” what I really mean is “people are stupid.”

Or to put it in a nicer way, perhaps they are just “naive.”

“How sweet is the perception of a new natural fact!” - Henry David Thoreau
Fast forward almost 50 years and people are still proving to be “naive” with the latest craze of “Beyond Meat.”

If you’re choosing Beyond Meat as a healthy alternative and ethical option as opposed to …

Don't Accept Less

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If Pigs Could Fly...

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The 5 Year Aging Scale

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- jim Young

“I was never obligated to growing UP, but I had no choice in growing OLD.” - Steve Greeley

I don't know about you, but I literally have to stop and do the calculations whenever someone asks me how old I am. And even then, because I was born at the end of the year, I usually have to deduct 1 anyway. Minus-ing even 1 in my head is sometimes a mental challenge these days.

Maybe it wouldn't be so hard if the number didn't change every year.

Why can't we celebrate birthdays just every 5 years instead? Sure, our age would then be recorded in 5 year increments, but it might be easier to remember.

We’re 60 for 5 years, then 65 for 5 years and so on.

To let people know we are using the “5 year aging scale” we could qualify that by adding a plus sign to it. Let’s face it, if you want to be technical, even one day after our 65th birthday we are really 65.0028 years old (rounded to 5 digits).

Telling someone we are 65+ is really more accurate than just telling them we a…

Wait! What? - Trump's July 4th Speech 2019

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Whenever Trump opens his mouth you can count on one of three things happening.

1) He will blatantly lie.
2) He will quote untrue information.
3) He will do both.

And he didn't disappoint us again.


An Open Letter To My Father

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- jim Young 19920613

This is an article I wrote in 1992 that was lost during the transition of my site to a new server. As it is Father’s Day today, I thought it was an appropriate time to reprint it here now.

On this, the occasion of my first Father's Day without my father, I address the following letter to Dad.

Dear Dad,

There's no doubt in my mind that you knew how much I loved you, even if the words were never spoken. For that I will be eternally grateful.

I'm sure Leah prepared a nice room for you. Did she make you some homemade peanut brittle? Were you able to eat it? Is it true that they take your false teeth and give you back your real teeth in heaven?

A lot has happened in the short time since you left us but I probably don't need to tell you that. I've felt your guiding hand with me throughout most of it.

We've moved to the country now. I think you knew that was in the back of our minds for some time, but it's too bad you didn't get to see it.…

Buffalo Chicken Biscuits

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- jim Young 20190615

When preparing a recipe that involves dipping your food into any kind of batter or sauce, such as chicken wings or fish, I inevitably end up with extra batter or sauce left over.

Or worse - not enough to finish the job.

In most cases, since I've been dipping raw meat into my batter, it's probably been contaminated and not worth the risk of food poisoning by trying to keep it for another time.

Recently I was preparing some Baked Buffalo Wings when I somehow had a considerable amount of both the wet, egg/milk mix and dry, flour/breadcrumb dipping mixes left over.

It seemed a shame to throw it out but I had nothing handy to use it up on.

Rather than carry two bowls to the garbage, I combined the two mixes into one bowl. It occurred to me then, that perhaps I could mix it up and bake them into biscuits.

I imagined my biscuits would be pretty bland however, so I looked around my kitchen for ideas and decided to add some of my hot sauce mix that I had prepared t…