Today in My History

2000:  Cross Your Heart
2001:  Big Brother is Watching You
2002:  It's About Time
2003:  This is Why You Pay Premiums
2004 Popping Pills in the Dark

2005:  Tea Time
The Lost Day
2007:  It's Baby Day    
2008:  Firestorm
2009:  Siena
2010:  The Last Entry
2011:  The Putah Creek Cafe
2012: What do the Simple Folk Do?
2013: I Lost it at the Gym
2014: Today at Logos
2015: Rules and Reglations
2016: World Premiere
Starting the Exodus
2018  Patriotism vs Politics
2019: Sorry, Erma
2020: Saturday 9
2021: Sunday Stealing

Books Read in 2022
 Updated 7/3
"Funny Farm"
Leslie Zaleski
(book #30 in 2022)

My family

Bev's 65 x 365

Books Read in 2022
Books Read in 2021
Books Read in 2020
Books Read in 2019
Books Read in 2018
Books Read in 2017
Books Read in 2016
Books Read in 2015
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Books Read in 2013

Books Read in 2012
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Cast (updated 7/21)

Some Background Links:
The Philosophy of Juice & Crackers
The story of Delicate Pooh
The story of the Piņata Group
Pumpkin pies
Who IS this Gilbert person?

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4 July 2022

So what is typically American to have for the 4th of July. 

Ned brought in a bowl of apples he picked off of our apple tree a couple of days ago.  They were not quite ripe enough, so I stuck them in a bag for  two days and today cut them up to make a pie. 

I was so pleased.  I have been having such a terrible time making pie crust, which usesd to be one of the things I did best.  But in the last several years, for some reason I can't get it to roll out properly and it's always frustrating.

But today, it rolled out just fine and I was very pleased with how the pie turned out.  We had it ā la mode, which was even better.

I watch CBS Sunday Morning every Sunday.  I always remember the guy on Facebook, I think (or maybe it was Compuserve) who recommended the show to me and I've watched it ever since.  I think of him every Sunday, remembering how he committed suicide after his cancer diagnosis. 

BUT ANYWAY, the show has such a delightful arrangements of stories, from politics to entertainment and I often find things I've never heard of that interest me.

Today they interviewed Laurie Zaleski, who runs an animal sanctuary in New Jersey, where she has some 15 acres of land and over 600 animals she has rescued from abandonment, abuse, or other reasons.  It was an amazing story.

She's written a book, "Funny Farm: My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals," and after the show, I had to check it out on Amazon...and bought it.

I spent the entire day (other than the time I spent making the pie) reading the book and finished it shortly before dinner.  She's a wonderful writer and her book is not only about the animals, but about her own life and mostly a tribute to her mother, who left her abusive husband with their three children (5 and younger), with no money, no resources and no plan, but found a dilapidated house with no electricity and no working plumbing and moved in there.  She managed to fix up the house, get the kids educated, and rescue animals as well. 

The book has chapters that start with her personal story, and then end with stories of one or more of the animals she has saved, and then back to her personal story again.  It reads very easily and I was obviously captivated.

I learned a lot about some animals.  This is an excerpt from her book, about the mating of pigs.

Now doesn't that make you want to read the book?  LOL.

You can find out more about Funny Farm at this web site.


Laurie Zaleski


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