Thursday, September 22, 2016

September Stepping



"Walking is a man's best medicine."
-  Hippocrates



"In the fall we again fell into rank,
and came home from our walks laden
with the gorgeous trophies of autumn,
as we had once carried in triumph the tasseled 
branches and dainty flowers of spring."
"The American Girls Handy Book"
By Lina Beard and Adelia Beard
(1887)









Following ancient paths...




Autumn on the windswept English moors.
 The brooding landscape of Emily Bronte's
childhood would later inspire her
foreboding tale of doomed romance
in the novel,
"Wuthering Heights"
(1847)









 "Not surprisingly, regular walkers report
 better mental clarity and ability to focus. 
Creativity is enhanced because walkers
 have the ability to relax their mind
 and let it wander around 
while they’re walking."
   -Mental Benefits Of Walking
Creating A Good Life




In Autumn Woods
Winslow Homer



 Now that autumn's crisp clear weather is here
try taking a walk every day!









Autumn Arrives Today




O world, I cannot hold thee close enough!
-Edna St. Vincent Millay





I can smell autumn 
dancing in the breeze.
The sweet chill of pumpkin
 and crisp sunburnt leaves.
~Ann Drake











To everything there is a season,
and a time for every matter 
or purpose under heaven."
Ecclesiastes 3:1








 Autumn is the dim shadow that clusters
 about the sweet, precious things that God
 has created in the realm of nature. 
While it robs them of life, 
it tears away the veil and reveals
 the golden gem of beauty and sweetness. 
Beauty lurks in all the dim old aisles of nature,
 and we discover it at last.
 ~Northern Advocate






 Welcome Autumn!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Path of Righteousness





"But the path of the just and righteous
is like the light of dawn,
that shines more and more brighter
until it reaches it's full strength
and glory in the perfect day."
Proverbs 4:18



Sunrise Over The Western Wall
Jerusalem, Israel





"Righteousness in the Bible is a path. 
A path is something that we walk on,
  something we move along.
 It suggests motion, change, development. 
Some people would like righteousness
 to be some kind of static condition. 
“Well, I’m saved! Here I am; I’m righteous.
 All I need to do now is sit in church 
and sing hymns until the Lord calls me home.” 
 That’s a mistake.
 Any static condition in which you 
do not change, progress and develop 
is not the righteousness of the Bible."
-Derek Prince



Hiking trail in the Negev Desert
Israel




Thus says the Lord:
"Stand by the roads and look;
and ask for the eternal paths,
where the good old way is;
then walk in it, and you will find
rest for your souls."
Jeremiah 6:16





On the Jesus Trail, between Nazareth and Capernaum, is a grassy hillside
called The Horns of Hattin, near the community of Arbel, Israel
 which is believed to be the possible site of the
Sermon on the Mount 




Walking In The Good Old Way

We are traveling on with our staff in hand,
Walking in the good old way;
We are pilgrims bound for the heavenly land,
Walking in the good old way.



Walking in the blessedness of love untold,
Traveling to a country that will ne’er grow old,
Jesus our Redeemer we shall there behold,
Home in the realms of day.

We are traveling on through a world of sin,
Walking in the good old way;
Though our foes are strong we have peace within,
Walking in the good old way.


We are traveling on in the Master’s Name,
Walking in the good old way;
And we sing His praise with a loud acclaim,
Walking in the good old way.


We are traveling on to the rolling tide,
Walking in the good old way;
But we trust in Him who is still our Guide,
Walking in the good old way.


"Songs of Love and Praise"
Written by Fanny Crosby
(1897)





“If we walk in the light…the blood of Jesus Christ 
His Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 
1 John 1:7

Sunday, September 18, 2016

September Scrapbook Page


    

"Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale
A tale of a fateful trip
That started out of this tropic port
Aboard this tiny ship...."
"Ballad of Gilligan's Isle"
George Wyle and Sherwood Schwartz




The Wrecked "Minnow"




  As I have gotten older and considerably wiser,
I've come to the inescapable conclusion that
it was a good thing Mr. and Mrs. Howell, Ginger,
 and Mary Ann way over packed for
that ill-fated three hour tour...




From left to right:  The prestigious Professor Roy Hinkley Ph.D (Russell Johnson); sweet Kansas 
farm girl Mary Ann Summers (Dawn Wells)  First Mate Willie Gilligan (Bob Denver), glamorous
Hollywood actress Ginger Grant (Tina Louise); Millionaire Thurston "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Howell (Jim Backus) and his socially prominent wife Eunice "Lovey" Howell (Natalie Schafer),
and the salty but sweet Skipper Jonas Grumby (Alan Hale Jr.)




 After veering off course during a storm at sea,
 the seven stranded castaways kept 
their zany sense of humor
and viewers laughing through weekly
encounters with head-hunting savages,
 Soviet cosmonauts, a kidnapper,  a mad scientist, a ghost,
a Tarzan wannabee, conniving look-a-likes, voodoo curses, 
a disposed, Latin American dictator, rock musicians
in need of a hair cut (at least Lovey Howell thought so)
 hilarious dream sequences, a gun-toting gorilla,
radioactive veggies, and Zsa Zsa Gabor,
 not to mention a slew of other celebrity guests
stars who came ashore when
"Gilligan's Island" 
premiered on CBS television
 in September, 1964.




     
Chop Suey, Dixie Style!



 In the episode, "And Then There Were None"
Gilligan dreams he is Dr. Gilligan, who turns
into a Mr. Hyde-like fiend whenever someone
mentions food!




Although it lasted for only three seasons, the iconic series still
 remains one of the best-loved television shows of all time.
When the movie, "Rescue From Gilligan's Island"
premiered in October, 1978 a record number of
fans all over America tuned in to see their favorite castaways
finally rescued after fifteen long years!

The castaways returned to civilization only to discover they were better off
marooned on the island after all.  In the movie, the role of  Hollywood  star
Ginger Grant was played by actress Judith Baldwin.
The original Ginger, actress Tina Louise, was busy working on the
set of the hit, prime-time soap, "Dallas" at the time.  






Coconut Cream Pie, Anyone?






As I am always in search of nostalgia 
from my childhood, I want to get a copy of this book!




 "You Need Us"
The Honey Bees

Friday, September 16, 2016

Shine On Harvest Moon









September's Full Harvest Moon
 is called Duliidsdi, or the
 Full Nut Moon, in
the Cherokee language.
All wild nuts and fruits
were traditionally gathered
 at this time.







Gypsy in the moonlight...  


· "Gypsy Girl"
Cyrus Afsary




...Gypsy in the dew
Gypsy never come back
Until the clock strike two.


Walk in gypsy, walk in,
Walk in here I say
Walk into my parlour
To hear my banjo play.

 
I don't love nobody
And nobody love me
All I want is someone
To come and dance with me.


Gypsy In The Moonlight
 A Trinidad and Tobago
Folk Song










So shine on
Shine on harvest moon
Up in the sky

I ain't had no lovin' since
 January, February, June or July

Snow time ain't no time 
to stay outdoors and spoon
So shine on
Shine on harvest moon

for me and my gal

Snow time ain't no time
 to stay outdoors and spoon
So shine on
Shine on harvest moon
 for me and my gal

 Written by Gerald Casale, 
Mark Allen Mothersbaugh





"How I'd love to hear you whisper
In the chapel in the moonlight
That the love light in your eyes
Forever will shine.."






In The Chapel In The Moonlight
Dean Martin
















Sunday, September 11, 2016

September Soup



"By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
with summer's best weather,
and Autumn's best of cheer."
September
Helen Hunt Jackson 



 

 
Crisp pleasant days 
Clear chilly nights...


are great for
making homemade soup!






 But first, a little
South Jersey history lesson!



Welcome to Soupy Island

 Soupy Island Park
Thorofare, New Jersey


Originally used as a sanitarium to treat children 
with tuberculosis in the late 19th century,
Soupy Island later served up
 hot bowls of delicious homemade soup
to hungry boys and girls during the Great Depression.


 Thanks to the Campbell's Soup Company, this
soupy tradition continues, as hot soup
 is served every day at noon,
along with graham crackers and milk,
to hungry young visitors and their parents
and grandparents, every year for
six weeks after the 4th of July,
when the grand, old-fashioned,
amusement park is open to the public.




 The famous Soupy Island Carousel










In the September
  of  my growing up years...


"In September
 for a while
I will ride
a crocodile
down the
chicken soupy Nile.
Paddle once,
Paddle twice,
Paddle chicken soup
with rice."
-Maurice Sendak
 


 One of the first books I learn to read,
"Chicken Soup With Rice"
By Maurice Sendak
(1962)
 is one of my all time favorite
children's books.





 Homemade Chicken Soup With Rice
(This is my own recipe) 

1 left over roast chicken
 You can also use a family-sized
pack of chicken breasts, thighs, and drumsticks,
 (about six of the meatiest pieces.)
You can also use boneless, skinless chicken,
however, I believe bone-in chicken with the skin
 left on makes the best tasting broth.

1 large Spanish onion chopped
3-4 stalks of celery chopped,
3-4 large carrots chopped up
1 T fresh or minced garlic
1 bay leaf
2 tsp. parsley 
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. black pepper
 
Place the chicken in a large soup pot.
 Add the onions, celery, carrot, and spices.
  Add enough water to just cover the chicken
and cook on the stove until boiling.  Turn down 
to simmer and let the broth cook for about three hours.
 Carefully strain broth and remove chicken pieces. 
 When the chicken cools down  discard the skin,
pick the meat off the bones, and put the meat
   back into the broth with vegetables.
 Bring the broth to a boil and add about
1/2 cup of rice*.  Allow the pot to boil for
a minute longer, then cover and turn down to simmer.
Allow the rice to cook for about fifteen minutes.
Remove pot from heat and ladle into soup bowls.
Serve with some crusty homemade Italian bread. 
Enjoy!
 
*If you use brown rice, increase simmering time to 45-60 minutes. 
Add more chicken broth if necessary.