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Thursday Thirteen #6 — My Interests

Posted by infinitygoods on November 14, 2007

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I am sharing with you 13 topics which interest me and are important to me. They are in no particular order, because most of these would all tie with each other. These are topics
you see and which will recur on my blog. To see more participants in this carnival or for
details on how to join, visit Thursday Thirteen.

1. Computers/Internet/Blogs/Technology/Science
These sort of overlap in many ways. I’m forward thinking and I’ve been using computers
since before my teen years, back in the days when people were saying it was a waste of
time, and it wouldn’t last. Wait, aren’t a lot of people still saying that? Well 30+
years later, I’m still interested. I remember asking for a calculator as a Christmas gift
when I was in Kindergarten. The people selling them were flabbergasted that a child would want one and thought no child would ever need one. This “pocket” calculator, the smallest on the market at the time, was about the size of a small paperback!

2. Fine Art
I was an art history minor and an art minor. I seriously considered switching it to my
major, and often wonder if I didn’t make a mistake. I draw, paint, photograph, make
ceramics and do a lot of new media paintings — that’s every stroke hand-painted by me, but instead of using paint, I use computers. Museums and galleries recognize new media, but the average person out there still claims the computer makes the paintings. Not so! This would be the equivalent of saying oil paint and brushes are the artists making the artwork. Computers do not make art. Paint and brushes do not make art. The people, the artists make art, regardless of which tools they use.

3. History/Biographies/Autobiographies
As much as I like the future, I also like the past. We can learn from our past and our
past can help us understand our present. I’m very much interested in people and their
lives which is why I like history and also what leads me to the next item.

4. Psychology/Sociology
I’m interested in people and what makes them tick. I’m also interested in science, so
psychology helps me understand the individual and sociology helps me understand the groups and societies we live in. In college my sociology professor had wanted me to switch majors to either sociology (he hoped) or psychology (which he admitted was related and thought I would like too). I ended up with an additional certificate in psychology, but I never switched majors to either psychology or sociology.

5. Cross-stitching/Crafts
My grandmother taught me how to cross-stitch and I spent numerous hours watching her even before she taught me how to do it. I find it very relaxing and as I like art and to create, cross-stitching and other crafts are just related to that.

6. Reading/Writing/Journalism/News/Books
These are all intertwined. As a professional journalist, writing and reading are just my
life. I just could not live without reading. I have to learn at all times and reading is
the best way for me to do that. I have been wanting to write since early childhood. I
have attempted not to write for a living, but life was just too miserable without a pen in
my hand or a keyboard at my fingertips. I’m a published journalist, but I would love to be a published author using either my journalistic skills to write non-fiction or even writing a
novel. I’m one of the crazy participants in National Novel Writing Month. Any publishers
out there interested in my writing voice?

7. Religion/God
I believe in God and shout it from the rooftops, but won’t attempt to convert atheists as
belief needs to come from inside your heart and soul. I worked for my parish for several
years and wanted to work there until retirement, but an evil man came into our midst,
getting rid of staff and clergy, swiftly putting a financially viable parish in the red,
and destroying the work of the last 40+ years. Some will turn away from God because of
him, but the destruction he brings is not of God. Destruction can never be of God.

8. Education
I love to learn, my husband and I have both taught, and since we have a son, education is very important to us. He went to private schools for several years and while that was fine, we found something better through an excellent public school system with an independent study program. Forget all the stereotypes of homeschooling and of public school. That’s not what it is. It’s more a combination of when people had private tutors teach their children, the one-room schools and parents nurturing their own children. The program is what it is thanks to our son’s wonderful teachers, especially the founder, Resa Steindel Brown. If you want a glimpse at what it’s all about, read her fantastic book, The Call to Brilliance: A True Story to Inspire Parents and Educators. You can also read about his science teacher in my blog posts here and here.

9. Family
Family and extended family is extremely important to me. It is where we receive and give love and support. Here on Earth, not counting God in Heaven, it is the one most important thing and it just doesn’t get more basic than that.

10. Movies/Plays
I don’t watch much TV, but I love a good movie or play. While it can’t replace a good
book, it’s still a story, whether real or fictional, and I love to be entertained. I
prefer comedies, especially for movies, because I don’t know about your life, but my life
is enough of a drama as it is. I just don’t need other people’s too, especially the made-
up ones. I really like adventures too, because this way I can escape to some fabulous
world and live vicariously. I would like science fiction, but most don’t meet my quality
standards unfortunately.

11. Hiking/Walking/Swimming
I enjoy being in nature and these are the most fun forms of exercise for me. These are not boring to me. I enjoy the scenery. Running would be too fast and strenuous to enjoy the
scenery. These are also quiet and since I despise noise, anything with bouncing balls,
whistling referees or echoing gymnasiums just would not work for me.

12. Cooking/Gourmet Food/Reading Cookbooks
Yes, I read cookbooks. I actually read cookbooks more than I eat or cook. As a teen my
mom would tell me that I read cookbooks instead of eating. I also love to cook when I
don’t have a full-time job. If I’m working, then cooking is no longer a pleasure and
something that I do for the family that I love. It becomes a chore and a race to put
anything on a plate in front of starving eyes in less than half an hour from the time I run
through the front door. But when I am not working, I will use all my knowledge from
reading all these cookbooks and all my creativity and use cooking as another art-form. I
also like real food. I am against eating engineered chemicals, dyes, artificial products.
I like wild salmon, trout and other fish, I like real butter on all my foods and especially
my popcorn. And you really don’t want me to get started on cloned meat, or cloned
anything, because I’m really against that!

13.Travel
I don’t travel enough. I would love to travel 365 days a year, but that’s simply not
possible. I put roots down with a family and a house. Once upon a time I contemplated
becoming a foreign correspondent, a travel writer and even a pilot or a stewardess, just so
that I could travel, but I will just have to be satisfied with having been to Germany,
France, Switzerland, Italy, England, Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Arizona,
Nevada, Georgia, … Oops, that sounds like another Thursday Thirteen! 😉

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Thursday Thirteen #2 — What’s Important In My Life

Posted by infinitygoods on October 17, 2007

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Welcome back to Thursday Thirteen where you get to know details about my life.

Here are 13 items for you to get to know what is important in my life.

1. God

2. Family

3. My pets

4. Friends

5. Reading

6. Learning

7. Writing

8. Blogging

9. Traveling

10. Fine Art

11. Photography

12. Cooking

13. Cross-stitching

Be sure to visit www.thursdaythirteen.com to find all the T13 participants.

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Thursday Thirteen #1 — 13 Books On My Bookshelves

Posted by infinitygoods on October 11, 2007

Welcome to Thursday Thirteen. The goal here is to find out 13 details about a blogger’s life. Today I am sharing 13 books on my bookshelves because I think it really shows insight into someone’s personality.

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1. The Bible

2. The Call to Brilliance by Resa Steindel Brown

3. Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes

4. Fatherhood by Bill Cosby

5. The French Chef Cookbook by Julia Child

6. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

7. The Kent Family Chronicles by John Jakes

8. The Mitford Series by Jan Karon

9. On Writing by Stephen King

10. Rules of Civility by George Washington

11. Teach Me To Pray by Gabe Huck

12. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

13. A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

Hmm … I’m leaving out too many all-time favorites

Check out other entries at Thursday Thirteen.

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Cooking for children

Posted by infinitygoods on September 4, 2007

In the previous post, I mentioned Chef Emeril Lagasse’s Bam spices, which gave me an idea for today’s blog.

Our son is very much interested in science and experiments.  He enjoys experimenting in the kitchen too as an easy way to try out mixing, chemical reactions and such.  A couple of months ago he asked to get some cookbooks for some more serious cooking so off to the library we went to look in the children’s section.  While the majority of the books at our branch seemed to only have recipes like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, root beer floats or celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins, Chef Emeril’s had real recipes.  Now I think even a child doesn’t need a cookbook to learn how to make a PBJ sandwich.  All they need is a parent to show them.

So we took Chef Emeril’s “There’s a Chef in My Soup” cookbook and went home for hands-on cooking lessons.  As a parent I was impressed by the introductory sections, especially the one titled “A Good Cook is a Safe Cook!”  We read it together and discussed the safety procedures.  We looked at all the tools of the trade and our son read every word of the lessons on blanching, working butter into flour, cooking with eggs, etc. as if it were the most exciting action-adventure.

With the preliminaries taken care of we decided on which recipe to make first — 1-2-3 Lasagna.  Chef Emeril managed to turn lasagna into child’s play and yet present to the dinner table a scrumptious dish which will remain one of our family traditions.

In the last couple of months our son has bookmarked so many recipes I’ve told him he’d be better off bookmarking the few exceptions he doesn’t want to try.  We have made many more recipes and equal numbers of favorites.  We picked up Lagasse’s other two children’s cookbooks, “There’s a Chef in My Family” and “There’s a Chef in My World” and have come to the conclusion that his recipes are explained simply for any beginner cook, not just children.  The results are consistantly delicious and while the steps are simple, the results are sophisticated for even an experienced cook, or as Chef Emeril says “kicked up a notch.”  Children and adults will both enjoy the process as well as the results.  It is an excellent opportunity for family bonding and might even be a godsend for working parents coming home tired from work as their children will soon be able to assist them in quickly putting a delicious meal on the table.  Our family highly recommends these three cookbooks which are available here on our website at infinitygoods.com.

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