Wednesday, April 14, 2010

See it if you didn’t

Worse than War – The Film by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen premiered tonight on Channel 11, our local PBS station. 

Goldhagen spent two hours chronicling mass killings around the world.  From the web site:  “The first major documentary to explore the phenomenon of genocide and how we can stop it.”

Interviews with victims and perpetrators was frightening with the question always being, “How could this have happened?”    Goldhagen’s own father is a Holocaust survivor.  His personal story is unforgettable as any of these stories should be.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

To my Montana friends and those who love the country.

51G-4OmzVLL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_ Dancing at the Rascal Fair by Ivan Doig is the second in the four novels for discussion at the Lawrence Public Library.  The last page turned only an hour ago after spending two nights reading until 1:00 am.  I am not ready to let go of the story and am glad the discussion is this Thursday evening.

Two Scottish friends immigrate to America in the 1880s and end up in northern Montana Two Medicine country as sheep ranchers.  Sheep and the beautiful surrounding mountain ranges are  foreseeable story lines throughout. If I were to travel to the area of Montana where this book is set, I would recognize it immediately.  (I am hoping my Montana friends will read it, if they haven’t already and tell me if there is such a place)

The book is more than that, though.  We are on the ship as it crosses the Atlantic, on the trip across the United States, and with the two friends as Montana land,  their wives and the life it creates intertwines.     I will say, the story does not go where I thought it might.  But, in that, it is compelling.  A wonderful book.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

How do you know it’s Spring?

Arizona:  (Thanks Lynn - that blooming desert must be beautiful)

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Like cornbread? Try these pancakes.

My favorite way to eat cornbread is hot with butter and syrup. So, this pancake recipe is definitely a favorite of mine. Dan sure doesn’t complain when I make them either. I am posting the recipe as it is on the card. For the two of us, I half it. It still makes too many, but Skye likes them too.


2 cups yellow cornmeal
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar or granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups buttermilk or plain yogurt
½ cup milk
¼ cup light olive or vegetable oil
2 large eggs
Mix cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt, baking soda & baking powder in large bowl. Add buttermilk, milk, oil and eggs. Beat briskly with wooden spoon just until well mixed. Batter will be thick. Heat griddle or large nonstick skillet over high heat. Reduct heat to medium & oil griddle very lightly for each pancake. Pour scant ¼ cup on griddle. Cook 3 to 4 minutes until lightly browned and turn. Makes 24 to 26. Note: When I half the recipe and make bigger pancakes, it makes about 8.