Monday, May 27, 2013

There Are Currently 220,000 Homeless Veterans In The United States

But given how everyone on the tee vee machine is talking about some guy's Johnson you gotta wonder if anyone really cares. 
Let's start the conversation and fight for those who fought for us.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Roosting Grass Parrots At Turtle Back Zoo

Roosting Grass Parrots at Turtle Back Zoo Native to Australia, Budgies, also called Grass Parrots, have lived in the drier parts of that continent for about 5 million years. The native species are yellow and green but captive breeders have produced blue and white birds, some of which make their home at Turtle Back Zoo.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Words That Should Be In The Dictionary : Baldwin (used as a verb)

Baldwin ( verb ) : to go from being a hunk to a chunk; origin ” California, late 1990’s; originally describing Alec Baldwin who went from being a sex symbol to an actor of ‘tremendous presence’; can also be used to describe John Travolta

usage : “Have you seen John Travolta? I wonder if he has to buy two seats to fly – or perhaps he bought his own plane because he Baldwinned!”

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Passaic County Administration Building

Passaic County Administration Building
Built in 1899, the Passaic County Administration Building in Paterson New Jersey was completed while the city was still a thriving industrial center. The building's style is akin to those found along the canals in Amsterdam and reflects the Dutch heritage of many of the original settlers of the area.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Kreuger Mansion - An Abandoned Gem In Newark NJ

Krueger Mansion (abandoned) in Newark NJ
The mansion was built in 1888 by Gottfried Krueger (1837–1926), founder of Newark's Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company and owner of several other breweries. The construction cost at the time was $250,000. The mansion was sold to the Valley of Newark Scottish Rite Freemasons in 1926 for $100,000. A 700-seat auditorium was added to the mansion to accommodate for various meetings. The mansion was purchased in 1958 by Louise Scott for $85,000. Scott operated a beauty school out of the first floor of the mansion while keeping the upper levels as her private residence. The mansion was added to the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic places in 1972. Scott died in 1982 and ownership of the mansion passed to the city of Newark. In 1991, the New Jersey Historic Trust funded a bond for $625,812 to stabilize the exterior of the building. The building is still waiting for the attention it so patiently deserves.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Sometimes Detours Lead Us To Where We Ought To Be

It's Amazing What One Finds At The CurbThese metal shelves were found just sitting on the curb amidst a pile of junk. The discovery was made during a detour because of a traffic jam caused by one of those lawn care trailers. The discovery was made on a day I was headed out to the store to start looking at shelving for the garage. Hmmmm....

 Sometimes being diverted from your destination will lead you to the place you ought to be.

No-Recipe Recipe : Sage Butter

No Recipe Recipes are those easy throw it together recipes that don't require much in terms of measuring - they are simple toss together meals, sauces, and treats that are sure to please (and the results often seem like they took more work than they really did). Sage Butter is a simple No-Recipe-Recipe.

Sage Butter brings new layers of flavour to ordinary pasta and can make one of those "just got in the door and want something NOW" weeknights something special.

For this recipe all you need is a stick of butter, unsalted works best, and a handful of sage. The method is simple, just melt the butter slowly over low heat with the sage.

The goal here is not to fry the sage, or even saute it for that matter, but simply to let the flavourful oils of the sage permeate the butter as it swims around in this golden pool.

Drizzle the liquid sage butter over pasta - its incredible over totellini and ravioli. Any remainder can be stored in the fridge for later use. Sage butter is also a great base for your seasonings for roast chicken and turkey - rub some sage butter with your other seasonings under the skin of the bird before roasting for great flavour!

The sage I use is Golden Sage that I grow in the garden. Given its attractive appearance golden sage remains in the herb garden but some is also making appearances in other areas of the garden for colour and interest.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

A Single Candle ~ Inspiration from Anne Frank

“Look how a single candle
 can both defy
 and define
 the darkness.”
- Anne Frank

The world was not aware of Anne Frank’s story for years. The discovery of her diary after the war changed that. Her story put a face on the genocide in Europe and changed it from a statisic to something personal. At the time of her life, much of the world was not comfortable with Jews. They were different from those in the upper levels of society. They were just different. They were not us.

The discovery of her diary made a lot of people uncomfortable. People slowly realized that she was not all that different from them. And it made them uncomfortable. Some uncomfortable enough to move, and act, and change.

If a similar story came out of South Sudan, or Soweto, or Syria today, would we be just as uncomfortable, and perhaps seek to comfort those in the conflict?

The Great Cats Of The Montclair Animal Shelter

The Montclair Animal Shelter's Own Cheshire CatJessica - An FIV+ Tabby At The Montclair Animal ShelterRaider, formerly feral cat, at the Montclair Animal Shelter Veronica - She's A Stunner Double Trouble Kitty Cottage - Montclair Animal Shelter
Suri ~ At The Montclair Animal Shelter Cat Room sweet dreams tabby ~ sleeping at the Montclair Animal ShelterSleepy Time Kitty At The Montclair Animal Shelter Trevor Still Fascinated With That Balloon Elina Is Determined To Get That BalloonWhat's New Pussy Cat - Whoa Who Whoa!
Checking Out The People At The Montclair Animal ShelterSurf's Up At The Montclair Animal Shelter Black Elegance at the Montclair Animal Shelter Waving To The Crowds At The Montclair Animal Shelter Street Party Oops, The Black Kitty Is Missing! Seriously, How Can You Resist? Montclair Animal Shelter
No Papparazi For Tabby ! Purrrfect ! Strike A Pose! Kitty At Montclair Animal ShelterJohn In the Cat Room At The Montclair Animal Shelter POP! Trevor thinks he's doing it Elina Still Wants to Get That Balloon
The Montclair Animal Shelter in Montclair NJ is unique among municipal shelters as it is a no-kill shelter. Cats that otherwise might be put down in other shelters, like elderly, feral, FIV+ and FELV cats get special care from the dedicated staff so they can be put up for adoption. The resources to care for these special animals comes from the generous donations of the public and local businesses who support the shelter.

The Montclair Animal Shelter is located at 77 North Willow Street Montclair NJ; Ph 973-744-8600; email :

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Tulips Along Grove Street In Montclair

Montclair Tulips

Escape ~ Crudo Of Line Caught Bass #foodporn at @escapemontclair

Escape ~ Crudo Of Line Caught Bass #foodporn
Crudo of Line Caught Bass, Charred Ramps, Citrus Pearls and Spring Blossoms at Escape Montclair
Escape isn’t about being famous. Bryan doesn’t play the look at me, look at me card by any stretch of the imagination. He’s a chef who is passionate about his craft, passionate about the farmers, and just wants to have a good time doing what he loves while taking his patrons along for the journey. Read my full story on Devil Gourmet