A student was reading a passage about
fish, which stated they could hear sounds made by boats. She wondered how. Our
school Media Specialist, Stacie A., overheard and handed us a brief explanation. And what a cool
word we learned! Otolith, literally, earstone. My young student was amazed to
see how parts of olds words made up one new word. I am thinking of Betsy H., too, from LHS days with great thanks as I write this, and all the times I get excited by words.
Enjoy this delightful treat, a gift from me to you.
Years ago, a very dear friend shared
this recipe with me in a card. I have been making it ever since and enjoy a
dollop of it on my cereal every morning. It freezes well, too.
In a large pan, combine:
3 C. mixed chopped dried fruits
2 apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
into bite-size pieces
¼ to ½ C. brown sugar
Heaping ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground cloves
¼ tsp. salt
Almost completely cover the fruit with
water. Stir the mixture. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to simmer until
the fruit is good and soft, stirring occasionally.
It keeps well in a glass jar in the fridge or
frozen in an airtight container. When I freeze it, I usually lay a folded piece
of wax paper over the surface before putting on the lid. This seems to
discourage freezer burn. Thaw in fridge.
It’s great on cereal, on a bagel with
cream cheese, mixed into fresh ricotta or yogurt, etc. The tart cherries and dried
mandarin oranges give it an extra special zing. ENJOY!
I have heard this word used more and
more in the media to describe the new leader of this country and his tactics.
His approach normalizes hatred, engenders fear, and encourages greed, a
deleterious prescription for progress.