Jodi’s Black-Eyed Peas with Ham

            *low-altitude recipe* 1 lb. dried black-eyed peas Salt pork (1- or 2-inch piece) 1 med. diced onion 2 cloves fresh garlic pulp (don’t slice) 1 stalk celery, sliced ¼ to ½ cup carrots cut into small chunks (optional) 1 can...

Painting with Needles; the art of Chinese embroidery

Did early Americans invent embroidery to make samplers and decorate hope-chest items for hopeful young ladies waiting to become wives and mothers? Hardly! The art of embroidery started in China thousands of years ago. China began to weave silk from silkworm cocoon...

Don’t Be a Writer-Rebel Without a Cause

These days, it’s popular to think of oneself as a “Rule Breaker” … a “Rebel;” and, to some extent, that’s fun and exciting. Truthfully, where can we as writers hedge and when must the rules be doggedly followed in order to be...

If an Ellipsis Ran for President . . .

If ever an Ellipsis were to run for President, what would be the platform? No more dot-to-space-ratio lawlessness, of course! Yet, enforcing the Ellipses Laws may be trickier than a politician practicing magic tricks. The underground world of ellipses No punctuation...

Grandma’s Christmas Candy Cake

Old-Fashioned Version 2 cups sifted flour 3 tsp. baking powder ¼ tsp. salt 1 cup sugar ½ cup lard (shortening) 3 eggs, separated. Put egg whites in the refrigerator. ¾ cup milk 1 tsp. vanilla   Sift flour, baking powder and salt three times. Work shortening with...