Thursday, September 13, 2018

Giving up

So, last night the Orioles lost 10-0, getting only one hit in doing so. They've now lost 104 games with 17 left to go.

Thirteen of the players who got in the game for Baltimore weren't with the team when the season began. Their lineup reminds me of trying to figure out what to make for dinner on Friday night with what's left in the fridge at the end of the week.

Here's last night's starting lineup:
1. Gerkin
2. Limp celery
3. One slice of deli ham
4. Five-day-old noodle kugel
5. Half a hamburger bun
6. Chris Davis
7. Corn (I think)
8. Slice of cheese
9. Olive
SP: Petrified spaghetti

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Stressed Out

I started working on a blog post about how to make sure you’re taking care of yourself during stressful times. As a joke, I came up with the following tips:

Tips for Dealing with Stress:
1     1. Drink – a lot
2     2. Find a drug that makes you numb
3     3. Curl up in a ball and sleep
4     4. Watch lots of TV
5     5. Drink some more
Source: Sullivanistan Ministry of Purblik Healf

While it was meant to be funny, the more I looked at it, the more I realized that this is precisely how I handle stressful situations. Yikes!

Okay, so now what do I do? Does this mean I need some sort of help? Probably. But I’m not sure going to a professional is the proper route to take.
The actual list I was referencing for my post was from the website of the American Psychological Association. Its much more practical (although far less fun) list involves:
1    1. Take a break from the stressor
2    2. Exercise
3    3. Smile and laugh
4    4.  Get social support
5    5.  Meditate
Source: American Psychological Association

I’m relieved that I actually do engage in some if not all of these measures in addition to the more self-destructive ones in my own list.

An Umbrella Poem

Wrote this for a project at work. It didn't make the final cut of the project, but was too good (depending on your definition of good) to go unpublished.


It’s good to have a new umbrella.
It really is a useful fella.
It keeps me cool when the sun is high,
And when it rains it keeps me dry.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Story of the portrait


Nice backstory to this portrait of Frances Sullivan. When she was seeing the wonderful Dean Dowdy, he took a photograph of her and passed it along to his son-in-law, Duke Curnutte, who was a warden at the Kentucky State Penitentiary. Duke knew a man who was a gifted artist (unfortunately also a convicted forger) and the man did the portrait based on the photo. The price of the portrait?  Two cartons of cigarettes.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

NPR picks up the story...

NPR's 'All Things Considered' picks up the wonderful story of Margaret Ann Harris hearing her father's voice for the first time in her adult life.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

1943 Christmas Show

This was perhaps the most fun and gratification I've ever had in working on a project. Our librarian, Paul McCardell, found a box on a shelf that contained recordings of a Christmas Day radio broadcast produced in England by The Sun's World War II correspondents in 1943. The show featured holiday greetings and music from area soldiers sent to loved ones back home. We rebroadcast the show for the first time in 70 years on Dec. 20, 2013 on Dan Rodricks' "Midday" show on WYPR FM and the response was phenomenal. The videos below include the show in its entirety (with photos of and information about soldiers and Red Cross workers who were on the show), interviews with a couple of people who were on the broadcast 70 years ago, and families of others who were on the program. Also included is an interview with a woman we heard from the day after the rebroadcast. Her father was killed in action a couple of weeks following the original broadcast. She was a year and a half old when he died and is now 71. She had never heard his voice until now.

1943 Sunpapers Christmas Radio Show - Part 1 of 3 from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.

1943 Sunpapers Christmas Radio Show - Part 2 of 3 from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.

1943 Sunpapers Christmas Radio Show - Part 3 of 3 from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.

Charles Irwin talks about singing on the 1943 Sunpapers Christmas Day Radio Show from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.

Sarah Sadler Woods, 97, talks about the 1943 Sunpapers Christmas Day Radio Show and the Red Cross in World War II from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.

Hears her father's voice for first time from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.

Daughters remember Martin Willen from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.

Sons remember Walter Ives from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.

Nephew remembers Katherine Heuisler from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.

Grandsons remember correspondent Lee McCardell from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Curried Beans

I shouldn't complain about the cold because we've had a mercifully mild winter. But yesterday was on the chilly side and I was looking for a quick, easy and warming dish that we could throw together for dinner.

The photo doesn't do the dish justice. In fact, I'm discovering that when I use my phone to snap a shot of anything boiling or simmering, the result is that it looks like something floating in slime. Next time we make it, I'll shoot the finished product instead.

This recipe came off one of our old hand-written cards, but I think it's based in part or whole on a similar recipe in Annemarie Colbin's "The Book of Whole Meals."

Curried Beans

2 cups kidney beans
8 cups water

1 tsp sea salt or to taste

1 medium yellow onion

2 cloves garlic

2 Tbs corn oil

1/2 tsp curry or to taste


Place the beans in a 2-quart saucepan, then wash and pick them over. Cover beans with water and soak for 6-8 hours. (Or to save time, bring beans to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 2 minutes; turn off heat, cover, and soak in the hot water for 2 hours.)
To cook, make sure the beans are covered with water, then simmer for 1 hour or until tender. Add the salt, and simmer for 5 minutes more. Strain, reserving the liquid for use in soup.

Chop the onion; crush and mince the garlic. In a 2-quart saucepan, heat oil and saute garlic, then onion; add curry, stirring well, then add 2 cups cooked beans. Cook for 10 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally. Add some bean liquid if the mixture is too dry.

The recipe says to serve atop polenta, which is typically the way we make it. And there's usually enough polenta left over to make corn mush that we serve the next day for breakfast, with a little maple syrup on top. But it's also good on top of rice, which is what we opted for this weekend.