You say, “What’s cooking, good looking?” And I’ll say . . .

HELLO . . .Hello . . hello.

That’s the echo I imagine if these words were being communicated out loud and you could hear them as if I’m across the canyon. Yes, across the canyon or maybe on the other side of the galaxy.

Is anybody out there?

I just checked and the last post I wrote was in November 2017. To say I’ve been distracted is sort of true but not what you might think. I could say, “I’ve been distracted by life!” [Back of hand gently lifted to forehead as if I might faint.] Too dully dramatic for my taste.

If I had to say why I’ve been gone, it would be that this blog has un-distracted me. What I mean by that is I got tired of the routine of creating a new dish, taking photos while cooking it and writing down the recipe for it, then trying to make the photos half-way decent despite not really having the right equipment and posting it.

And to some degree there is that distraction called “life” in which I have been very busy and my cooking has become very simple. Which I like very much in life but it doesn’t make for an exciting blog post, does it? How many times would I get away with showing you lightly boiled kale?

If you look at cooking blogs or YouTube cooking videos, the creator is usually showing you something special or something you might not make on your own or something for a holiday or a party. I actually love those YouTube videos and I admit that I have gotten into the habit of watching a few of them. Maybe I’ll blame them for why I didn’t write in my blog.

I am just not in the mood for creating a bunch of special dishes. That is all.

HOWEVER, I am never out of ideas of what I want to write about! I have lots of ideas and they get put on the back burner as soon as I consider how I would illustrate the post or add a photo or two. I consider that you won’t want to read the post if it doesn’t have pictures. I’m hoping I’m wrong about that. If you bear with me on this, I think I will come up with illustration ideas eventually.

Then there’s the whole dilemma of my blog title – “mycookinglife.” If it’s my cooking life, shouldn’t it have cooking in it? Not necessarily! It is my cooking life and I do have a cooking life because I love to cook and have paid attention to cooking for sixty plus years and I still pay a lot of attention to cooking but now we can talk about it on broader terms because I also have a life that is still “cooking.”

It would be a lot of trouble to change the name of the blog and I really don’t want to anyway. I mean really! What would I say? My Endless Life? My Unretired Life? (Not bad) Six Decades of Growing Up? (I’ll have to remember that one.) If I did something like that I would be trying to sneak cooking into it anyway. You know I would.

(By the way, did you notice in the beginning I said something was too dramatic “for my taste?” Does talking about taste count as being broadly about my cooking life?)

No? Okay what about this – what about if the word “cooking” is modifying life as in my life is still “cooking” in a non-literal sense? Like if you asked, “What’s cooking good looking?” and I told you about my latest adventure creating a costume for a party or about my upcoming dental surgery.

You’re hoping I will never tell you about dental surgery. I’ll try not to. But if I did, I would also tell you how to make stunningly delicious and satisfying soft foods and liquids to consume right after the surgery. That’s right! When you are me in my cooking life, anything can be about cooking literally or otherwise.

To my surprise, while I was off doing other things and not writing posts, other people were still visiting this blog. I was very surprised when I looked at my statistics. This month alone – almost a year a half since my last post – there have been 75 visitors to mycookinglife,com. Go figure!

It is encouraging to say the least. And just for your information, many of them visited to see how to cook lotus root. In case you want to see that too, here it is.

It turns out I have a lot more to say and with your encouragement, you 75 wonderful, kind, brilliant, intuitive and totally hip people, I’m going to say it. I’ll probably throw in some recipes and photos sometimes, too. You know I will.

So that’s what I’ve been up to on my side of the canyon galaxy, how about you?

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Seeking Disambiguation

via Daily Prompt: Notorious

Disambiguation is a new word I learned while working out something to say about the prompt, “notorious.”

It goes like this: I check Google for the definition of notorious just to make sure I have it. I do but only according to Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.Com. In the Urban Dictionary is where I get further enlightened because that has a series of posts defining “notorious” in a completely different way. You revere notorious. You practically worship someone who’s notorious.  Like the rapper, Notorious B.I.G.? I Google him. He found success in his genre for five years. But in life, he only made it to 25. I suspect the Merriam-Webster definition applies to this name, but to his fans, he wears a heavy overcoat of the Urban Dictionary meaning.

Can’t go into some of the stuff I read there. Like what notorious “bmg” means to some people. And the plush toys sold on those Urban Dictionary entries. So I looked Chris Wallace (Notorious) up in Wikipedia. His nickname was Biggy Smalls. “Biggy” and “Biggie” are both called a disambiguation. What does that mean?

“Disambiguation refers to the removal of ambiguity by making something clear.Disambiguation narrows down the meaning of words and it’s a good thing. This word makes sense if you break it down. Dis means “not,” ambiguous means “unclear,” and the ending -tion makes it a noun.” [Dictionary.com]

In Wikipedia, Disambiguation is word-sense disambiguation, the process of identifying which meaning of a word is used in context. Disambiguation may also refer to: Sentence boundary disambiguation, the problem in natural language processing of deciding where sentences begin and end.

In the Computer Desktop Encyclopedia disambiguation has a technical meaning: “In language processing, deriving the true intention of a word that has multiple meanings. The word means “to remove ambiguities,” and it is used in text-to-speech, speech recognition and text mining applications. For example, the word “r-e-a-d” is pronounced “reed” in the present tense but “red” in the past tense. A text-to-speech program would have to determine the tense of the word by the rest of the sentence.”

This concept is really well-explained here.  I liked it because I was looking for an image and saw the title: “My brother is a trained S.E.A.L.”

I don’t think we really need the word “disambiguation” but this last technical one seems pretty useful and has turned into an entire technical subject that applies to many.

And, since the word “disambiguation” does exist, I’m adding a definition of my own:

(Philosophy) The clarification of meaning, intention, purpose and direction of life or some aspect of life through knowledge and understanding of oneself and others. Eg:  I am seeking disambiguation in my life.

Seeking disambiguation can take you almost anywhere.

 

When I Was Supermom

I don’t know why I never thought to tell you this story before. It certainly is a “My Cooking Life” story. Probably because whenever I think about it, it kind of freaks me out. But then I also wonder at how I managed to get myself and my three little boys out of that scary situation.

Daily Prompt asks todayDaily Prompt: Daring Do. Tell us about the time you rescued someone else (person or animal) from a dangerous situation. What happened? How did you prevail?

I had just gone to the local co-op in Atlanta, Georgia and the Buick Skylark was loaded with a ton of groceries, one boy in the front seat of the car with me and two more younger boys in car seats in the back.

We all piled in and worked our way through the side streets to the highway to go home. It was a hot and sultry afternoon and I wanted to get my food home quickly and get it into the refrigerator. I remember the organic strawberries had been on sale and I had bought a lot of them.

As I merged onto the highway I sped up. I’m not a timid driver, but I never usually went over the speed limit either especially with my precious babies in the car with me. I guess I was trying to get home awfully fast, I thought, as I looked at the rising dial on the speedometer.

I slowed just a little—or at least I thought I would. That ol’ Buick had a mind of its own! It continued to accelerate. Another pump of the brakes. Still speeding faster and faster. A serious push on the brakes. The car was only barely kept in check, yet the brakes did seem to be working.

The boys in the back were nodding off in their seats. The boy in the front was chattering away. The Mom driving was starting to panic as she realized the car was accelerating on its own and not stopping.

As we zoomed down the highway, which was not very busy, I continued trying to slow down and maneuvered the car down the road realizing that soon it was time to get off the highway and back onto regular streets. Streets that had slow-moving cars and stop lights.

I picked my exit—one that went sort of flat for a short distance before there was a stop light and then, if you go right, there’s a big hill. There was nothing to do but take the exit and try it. I could see that there was no traffic, no cars.

“Ramp speed 30 miles per hour” the sign said. Not us! We would exit at over 70 miles per hour.

I glanced back at the two sleeping babies in my back seat and over to my boy in the front. Not sure if he realized something was wrong but he was about to.

I unbuckled my seat belt as we traveled the exit ramp and stood up the best I could in my car while driving down the road. I was putting all my weight onto my brakes which were now only slowing us down because of my physical pressure.

The light was green and I made a right onto a very steep hill still standing on my smoking brakes. I don’t know how I did it so fast without thinking, but I chose a spot to get off the road and stop the car. It was a small group of stores and they were on another pretty steep hill and there was a very long driveway going from the lot to behind the buildings.

I took it. The car slowed enough and I pulled on the emergency brake and brought us to a stop.

Drenched I sat there and looked at my beautiful family. We were all awake and we were all okay. I called my neighbor and she came and got us and our groceries and took us home.

We feasted on strawberries that very day.

I have long since stopped wondering at how fast the whole fiasco went, how much danger we had been in, how badly it could have turned out and how—for the love of God—did I come up with that maneuver on the spot and keep us out of a wreck?

There’s no figuring it out. There was no time to think. I just acted and I clearly recall the feeling of knowing what I was doing and knowing I could make that instant plan work.

English: Strawberries at a market.

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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If I Chose Tattoes

Today’s Daily Prompt asks:  Tattoo….You? Do you have a tattoo? If so, what’s the story behind your ink? If you don’t have a tattoo, what might you consider getting

To Tattoo or not to tattoo.

That is the question.

If I chose,

Would they be tattoes?

I was going to ignore this question because the short answer to it is: No, I do not have a tattoo.

But if I did have one, what would it be? That would all depend on what decade we’re talking about which is why I’m glad I never got a tattoo.  I have a friend who got a tattoo of Dark Wing Duck on her leg when she was young. That was the first thing she explained to me when I first met her—how she got that tattoo a long time ago and she can’t believe she is walking around the rest of her life with a Dark Wing Duck tattoo.

I could easily have made the same kind of regrettable decision as a child of the ’50’s by getting a tattoo of Soupy Sales or Popeye. And if I had even known about tattoos and had a chance to get this one I doubt anyone could have talked me out of it!

soupy sales

Of course there are no tattoo designs of Soupy Sales. (Are there?)

No question what my tattoo would have been in junior high.

PAUL

I would have had stiff competition from my friend Dottie over who had the best Paul tattoo not to mention which one of us was going to marry him.

In high school I might have been persuaded to get a Beach Boys tattoo and I definitely could have been persuaded to get a tattoo of the Woodstock poster design. I was devastated that I wasn’t allowed to go to Woodstock. So no Woodstock tattoo.

woodstock

In the late ’60’s and early ’70’s I might have considered these:

grateful dead tattoo

MR. NATURALOn second thought, no. Not the Grateful Dead tattoo or the Mr. Natural. I got myself an airbrushed Mr. Natural T-Shirt instead.

I mellowed out in the late ’70’s and ’80’s and my tattoo design of choice would have been the Yin/Yang symbol. I was deep into eastern philosophy, macrobiotic cooking and searching for spiritual enlightenment. [Yes, my regular readers, you have found the “mycookinglife” tie-in for this post!]

Funny, I found a lot of beautiful yin/yang tattoo designs but most of the actual tattoos were not as fetching. Here’s a design I might have chosen and here’s one real tattoo that looks better than most:

YIN YANG DESIGN
  YIN YANG TATTOO
In the ’90’s, I would likely have chosen this if I were tattoo-inclined:
BRAVES
I would have been a walking, talking copyright violation. As it was, I was a fervent Atlanta Braves baseball fan with caps,T-shirts, felt banners and giant foam tomahawks to prove it.. Not to mention, they haven’t won the World’s Series since the ’90’s.
Lucky for me I didn’t get a symbol of myself, my beliefs, my desires or my heroes permanently displayed on my body since these things have changed over and over again as the years passed by. I like this pop culture symbol, but what would it mean to me thirty years from now?
MOCKINGJAY
There is a whole world of tattoo art out there with competitions, conventions, tattoo celebrities and everything else. I do admire some tattoos I’ve seen that are very aesthetic and excellently crafted. They just aren’t my cup of tea.
CUPPA TEA
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Shocking Celebrity Sighting!

Today’s Daily Prompt asks:  Scour the news for an entirely uninteresting story. Consider how it connects to your life. Write about that.

Have you seen MSN or Yahoo home pages where they shout various hot stories at you? There’s always some celebrity gossip available and usually none too flattering. These don’t interest me at all because I respect artists and I’m not into cabal.

The page I saw was this one:

“CELEBRITY TOOB:  3O FAIRLY SHOCKING PICTURES OF CELEBRITIES WITHOUT MAKEUP PHOTOS”

(Gotta love the redundancy here. You can tell this is high-class news reporting.) I looked these pix over and thought most of the celebs looked pretty darned okay without their glam on. Just as I was thinking they shouldn’t be too offended, I came upon picture #25. This was a celebrity I’ve known nearly all my life. One that is beloved the world over and has personally been a part of millions of lives!

I was shocked indeed! No need to tell you who she is—you’ll recognize her in an instant.

Celebrities_Without_Makeup_25

This is just wrong. Barbie deserves way more respect than this. But even so, Barbie looks amazeballs with or without her makeup, doesn’t she? (Perfect hair. How does she do it?)

Of course this connects to My Cooking Life. I was immediately reminded of something that happened just last night!

I was cruising around my natural food store late last night after work looking for some ready-to-eat dinner. I was going through the produce section on my way to the deli hot food when I spotted them.

I couldn’t believe it! Completely whole. No trimming. No preparation. No hiding their large, rough, blemished roots. One of the most famous, world-renowned celebrity ingredients in nearly every cuisine, cooking method and dietary program.

And I caught them incognito without a speck of glam!

CELERY ROOT PAINT

True culinary stars loved by all. Do you recognize them? I didn’t at first until I took a closer look.

CELERY ROOT CLOSE UP

“We’re not quite ready for our close-up, Mr. DeMille,” they exclaimed. “Don’t worry, Miss Celli, you’re gorgeous just as you are!” I answered.

I was so thrilled, I didn’t bother asking for an autograph. I swept these two off their shelf and brought them home with me. Imagine what these will look like when they’re all glammed up! Ahhh, the things you have to endure in show biz.

Stay tuned for that. . .

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Bringing A Long Held Goal to Light

Today’s Daily Prompt asks:  Tell us about the blog post you were most nervous to publish — and what it was like to set it free.

While I wouldn’t exactly say, “nervous,” I would say that I sometimes want to write something pretty far off the topic of cooking, food, health, etc. And sometimes I have done just that right here.

But there’s another side of me. All my life, my published work has been non-fiction. My unfulfilled goal is to try my hand at writing fiction. I have dabbled here and there and yes, I do have some manuscripts I’m working on.

I was chatting with Claude about this just this morning and telling him about this Daily Prompt and he generously offered to help me tell my story, called

Jewel of the Sea

As you can see I’ve arranged that you will have to click through on the title to see the story. Does that mean I’m nervous about it? Doesn’t matter. I am very happy to have finally started this story which I’ve been hanging on to for a long time!

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What Babies Talk About

Today’s Daily Prompt challenged:  Write a post about anything you’d like, but be sure to include this sentence somewhere in the final paragraph: “He tried to hit me with a forklift!”

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English: Portrait of 1-year-old baby girl

(Photo: Wikipedia)

Baby Chloe: “Do they ever try to make you eat green stuff?”

Baby Liam: “No, I don’t think so. What is it?”

Baby Chloe: “It’s oooooh soooo good for you babeeee.”

Baby Liam: “What’s that mean?”

Baby Chloe: “It means I have to eat it and they think it’s easier for me if they talk baby talk. I think it would be easier if it was chocolate-flavored!”

Baby Liam: ” Prolly right. My Mama keeps trying to make me eat carrots, but I can’t stand them when they’re all mushed up out of the jar. Geesh! Let me get some more teeth and I’ll just chew on the carrot whydontcha!”

English: 10-months-old baby during winter stro...

(Photo : Wikipedia)

Baby Chloe: “Teeth? How many do you have to have? I’ve got four so far.”

Baby Liam: “I dunno. I can put just about anything in my mouth if they’d let me. One time Mama got tired of trying to spoon in that carrot stuff and she told Papa to feed it to me. He’s not used to it so he gets a big person’s fork and dips it in the carrot jar and starts waving it around making weird sounds.”

Baby Chloe: “How bizarre is that?!”

Baby Liam: “Yeah, I know, right? Then he gets this wild look in his eye and tells me it’s an airplane and open the hangar ’cause it’s coming in for a landing. Next thing I know, the fork is headed right for my face!

Baby Chloe: “Eewe! What happened?”

Baby Liam:  “I shut my mouth tight and started crying and fussing and calling for Mama. But Papa, he was so busy playing airplane in the hangar, he comes swooping up with that thing and thought he could make me open my mouth by just putting the fork right into it. It’s like he tried to hit me with a fork lift! But it was too late. I already squirmed around in my highchair and the carrot stuff landed in my hair. That was awesome!”

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That’s A Good Title

Daily Prompt asks: Go to your Stats page and check your top 3-5 posts. Why do you think they’ve been successful? Find the connection between them, and write about it.

Way to be on my wavelength, WordPress!  I was just about to re-post my most popular posts while I finish up with July’s chocolate mousse recipe.

My all-time top three posts are:

3.  The End of An Era  Who could have guessed that nearly every single day, someone has found this little piece of news on a search engine and stopped by to read it?  It boggles my mind.  This post was heavily shared on facebook. Not saying it went viral, just saying a few people got the sniffles for it. See for yourself at https://mycookinglife.com/2012/11/28/the-end-of-an-era/

YOGURT DRESSING

2. It’s Rasta Pasta Time  There is no such thing as “Rasta Pasta” since Jamaican cuisine doesn’t particularly use pasta!  But the rhyme apparently strikes a chord in a lot of people.  This one, too, is discovered by someone on a search engine just about daily.  The recipe works and besides, who doesn’t like an inspiring action shot of Bob Marley?  Here is the post at https://mycookinglife.com/2012/07/27/its-rasta-pasta-time/

Bob-Marley

And the number one hit post on Mycookinglifebypatty is:  [Drum roll, please]

3. Preserved Lemons – A Tradition in Moroccan, Mediterranean and Indian Cuisine. Is it the photograph? Is it just that people have heard of preserved lemons but didn’t know how to make them? Is it the fact that I have since mentioned and linked to this post about a zillion times because I love, love, love using preserved lemons in my recipes? Maybe all of the above.  This is certainly one of my favorites so I can understand if it’s one of yours. You can take a look at the preserved lemon post here:  https://mycookinglife.com/2012/07/08/preserved-lemons-a-tradition-in-moroccan-mediterranean-and-indian-cuisine/

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Is there some sort of magic in this? Not so sure. Did I possibly hit on the right tags so I could get a good ranking on some search engines?  Perhaps. Great photographs? In my case, I doubt that was the connecting factor. If I had to say there was one connecting factor, I would say it was the titles of the posts.

A good title tells you what the post is about or at least gives an intriguing hint. A good title can be short or long, but is never awkward or obtuse.

A good title gets the reader to click onto the post, which is what the “top post” stats actually reflect. Doesn’t mean they read the whole thing, doesn’t mean they liked it. It just means they were interested enough to see it.  You have to be able to accomplish that if you want anyone to read your stuff!

A good post delivers what the title promises. And that, Grasshopper, is where you either lose them or draw them in.

Master Po

Master Po

My method in this is to use a “working title” while I’m writing the post and then when the post is finished, I will read it and discover what the final title should be. Because you never know what will develop while writing a post! That way, I am not locked into something such as the school essay assignment, “What I Did on My Summer Vacation.”

My working title for this post was, “My All Time Top Three.”  Definitely too WIDOMSV. I didn’t know what I thought the connection was with the three posts when I started writing. But when I got to the end, I had the “title” theory and changed the title of the post.

What do you think of these titles? Are they the connecting link for these top posts or do you see another kind of connection?

P.S. For you youngins, Master Po is not the In-Charge Teletubby.

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Middle Class Misfits

Today’s Daily Prompt is called, “Island of Misfits.”  We all have something we’d like to write about that doesn’t really “fit” our blog. Write it anyway. I decided to adapt the opening title of the prompt for a flash fiction post.

Good Ol' White Picket Fence

(Photo credit: porziuncola)

Middle Class Misfits

“But Jace,” Min whined, “You’re gone so much lately! We hardly get to spend any time together. I practically have to make an appointment to see my own husband! Can’t you take some time off?”

“Sorry, Babe, you know I’d love to spend the day together and we’ll do that real soon. But right now, I’ve got to get going ’cause I don’t want to be late!” he said, blowing her a kiss.

He was out the door just like that. Just like every morning when Jace rushed out, coffee in one hand, keys in the other. Jace looked like an eager teenager on the first day of his first job. He had ‘ bright future’ written all over his 65-year-old face.

Min watched as Jace trotted to the car and took off. She really had no plans herself. The house was perfectly kept, all the bills were paid, the landscapers were taking care of the lawn. Planning dinner was the extent of her exciting future.

“What kind of retirement life is this?” Min complained on the phone to Helen, her best friend.  “The man retires and we’re finally free to do whatever we want and he goes and volunteers full time! He treats it like the most important job in the world! And here I sit— bored, sad, and feeling awfully old! We talked about going to Europe but it doesn’t look like that will happen. Not this year.”  Min paused, “Maybe never, Helen.”

“Min, I hate to say this, but if he’s spending that much time away from home, he is up to something.” Helen carped, “Has he ever cheated? Does he gamble?”

“No! Absolutely not! How could you even ask such a thing?” Min was annoyed.

“Because, Min, nobody loves to work that much,” Helen insisted. “Work is a necessary evil. If you keep your nose to the grindstone long enough, you can stop working and enjoy a little freedom. You and Jace have earned your retirement and this is the time in your lives when you should be slowing down and taking it easy. You two should be enjoying the security you’ve built over the years and spending time together while you’re still can.”

“So they say,” Min sobbed, “But that isn’t how it’s working out for us.”

Min stifled her tears, knowing full well she was overindulging in pure drama-queen mode. Her Jace was an honest man with good intentions. Isn’t that why he was working over at their church— to help people? Jace always did love to help.

“Helen, I gotta get off the phone,” said Min.

“Well, if I were you, I’d go find out for myself what’s going on. That’s all I’m saying,” snorted Helen. “You’d better find out sooner than later.”

It took a while to pull herself together, but Min got dressed, put on some lipstick and climbed into her car. “Yes,” she decided, “I will go down there and see for myself.”

Min stopped for drive-thru coffee and ordered lattes for herself and Jace. “He’ll like that,” she thought.

“How’s your day?” the twenty-something at the window asked. “Thank goodness we’re almost through Hump Day, right? Do you still have to work today or are you done?” he asked.

“I don’t work,” answered Min,

“Lucky you!”

“I’m not so sure I’d call it ‘lucky,'” Min said.

Min drove on. “Just a coffee shop peddler,” she fumed. “What does he know about real work? Hump day! As if he suffers to get through a week of brewing coffee and making change! What’s he do on the weekend, sit at the coffee shop himself sipping an icy drink while he watches other people work?”

“Well I may be bored,” Min sighed, “but I could never work at a place like that. What would be the point?”

Min pulled into the church parking lot taking the last spot. “Wow, there are a lot of cars here for a Wednesday,” she thought, “I wonder if something special is going on. Maybe that’s why Jace was in such a hurry.”

“Hello Min!” said the receptionist, “Here to see Jace? Looks like you brought him a treat! I’ll get him up here.”

“Hi Paulette,” Min said with a smile. Min liked Paulette a lot. She was always so genuinely friendly when she greeted people. “”Such a lovely woman,” Min thought, “She got a smile out of me, didn’t she?”

Min looked around while she waited for Jace. A group of kids and parents were getting ready to go out with two of the staff for a volunteer neighborhood clean-up. The children were laughing and excited as the adults rounded them up and got them out the door.

Everywhere Min looked there were busy people doing all kinds of things. “They all look so happy and productive!” Min thought, “They are the lucky ones.”

In another room there was a burst of applause. Min took a peek and saw five people standing in front of an audience describing their trip to South America where they had been helping disaster victims. Min listened while one young woman told a beautiful story of how she helped a family get through their ordeal and start on the road to recovery. Min was impressed with her generous dedication. “Helen would never understand this kind of drive and purpose,” Min thought.

Just then Jace appeared. He wore a grin that was practically too big for his face. “Hi Honey! Wow, thanks for the coffee!”

They stood arm in arm, listening to the volunteers talk about their experiences helping the South Americans. The team was going back next week and said they needed more help.

“It’s definitely not a vacation,” said the young woman, ‘It’s hard work but it’s a fantastic opportunity that you’ll never regret. They need food, water . . .  everything. Who wants to help?”

A hand shot up! Another burst of applause and cheers filled the room. Then another hand shot up! “I’ve got to keep up with my adventurous wife!” said Jace, looking at Mim. She was glowing.

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Smorgasbord

If we slap a tagline on ourselves, are we helping people understand us or are we limiting what can be understood about us?

Today’s Daily Prompt is called “Tagline.”  The editor asks, “Often, our blogs have taglines. But what if humans did, too? What would your tagline be?”

A tagline is something that gives a viewpoint. Where are you coming from? Where are you looking from? What’s your angle? A tagline is really a label, isn’t it? And a label symbolizes something or someone by imbuing an added significance according to a viewpoint.

We give ourselves and other people taglines all the time.

Always the Bridesmaid, Never the Bride; Village Idiot; Ain’t Nobody’s Fool; Show Me the Money!; Groceries; Know It All; Earth Mama; Your Worst Nightmare; My Precious; Stands With a Fist; Diamond in the Rough; Hellbent for Leather; the Ol’ Ball and Chain; My Better Half; God’s Gift to Women . . .

God's Gift to Women

God’s Gift to Women (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Taglines can be cruel, kind, endearing or damning depending on The Viewpoint. We look down, we look up, we look sideways and cross-ways at people we know or meet. You can go all philosophical  and deep-think with them or just express some momentary whimsy and humor.

Sometimes we ask people to look at us from a certain viewpoint. Like when we put a bumper sticker on the car. I have a neighbor who has a bumper sticker on his car that says, “I poke badgers with spoons.” What is that supposed to make us think? I chuckle at the originality but is he saying he’s extremely brave or that he indulges in animal cruelty? Probably neither. Wry sense of humor, maybe? Pumpernickel? (Work with me here.)

I have no bumper stickers on my car. I resist labeling myself with a tagline. My viewpoint can change in an instant! I can consider in one way and then have another consideration right after that. And so can you, I believe.

That is called “creating your life and being the author of your own truth.” Not indecisive—Flexible. Not fixed—Infinitely Possible. Not living a lie—Honestly Looking. Magic Carpet Ride, perhaps. (See how easy it is to lapse into taglines?)

The tagline for my blog is, “Adventures in Healthy Living.” That is meant to give you a viewpoint that goes along with My Cooking Life. My game is to share my thoughts, ideas and experiences as they relate to my viewpoint about cooking and the adventure of living a great life. And like my blog’s tagline, my personal tagline (if I had one) would also have to be very open-ended Blah, blah, blah..

What good is it, may I ask, to have a tagline if you then have to explain it to people?

So in keeping with the theme of this blog. . . for the moment . . . as anti-climactic as it seems to me now . . .my personal tagline could be

Smorgasbord—Anything and Everything or Nothing At All!

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