Topic: Tidbits

Drip Drip Drip 0

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Fresh Mint Lemonade 0

A hot summer day requires a dash of lemonade in a glass. Thanks for dropping in! Now how about a refreshing glass before you go?


Fresh Mint Lemonade

6 lemons
1/2 inch length fresh rosemary
5 leaves fresh mint
1/2 cup sugar
5 cups water
ice (optional)

Cut and twist those lemons into a pitcher. Rinse the mint and rosemary and rip them up. Drop the torn leaves into the pitcher. Add the water. Fill a bowl with the sugar and enough water to cover it. Microwave the sugar and water for 2 minutes. Pour the dissolved sugar into the pitcher. Mix it all up and serve. Add ice to your glass, if you wish. Enjoy!

Now, how about a cookie?

Kay Roy’s Chocolate Chip Cookies 0

Sometimes you have to take the sweet with the sour. These cookies are the best with a large glass of lemonade.

I’m not sure where I got this recipe, or the identity of Kay Roy, but I do know that these are better than any chocolate chip cookie I’ve ever eaten, including Tollhouse and Mrs. Fields. It might be the vanilla. Drop a batch in the oven and let me know what you think.

3/4 cup butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups unsifted flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts

Cream butter and sugars. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir in remaining ingredients until well mixed. Drop by rounded teaspoons on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.

Other Worlds 0




Imagine Earth waits for a comet hit. Three days and all life dies. Meanwhile, Elon Musk announces a space ark capable of traveling vast distances at light speed. People rush to fill the spaceship with everything important for a last ditch escape. The ark takes off for a distant planet identical to Earth in every way. Scientists believe the trip will save life and make humans a multi-planet species. The comet hits and Earth explodes.

The spaceship spends months getting to its destination and when it arrives, the planet is dead.

Now what?

Tracks 0


My favorite Trolley Problem involves making the track changer decide between killing one person, or chosing a path where another track changer waits to decide if he should kill one person or five. Of course, this goes on and on until we kill 10, 15, 20 or more!

  • Build a roundabout and everyone dies.
  • Kant (duty) vs. Betham (common good).
  • Or pick up the one person and add him to the five, then kill them all (a two-year old made this choice).

Everything comes down to the Tragedy of the Commons; do we trust others to make sure we are not the only one on the track?

Probably not.

Peaches 0


Cling. Yellow flesh. Sweet and tart. Melting vanilla ice cream on hot cobbler. Peanut butter and jam. Spicy cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Schnapps. The red and orange caramel around the crust of a pie. Burning the roof of my mouth. Grandma’s kitchen. The sticky, sweet, smell of canning.

They disgusted him. The black birds sitting on the wire looking down at the peaches. The small, green, fruit barely larger than a seed. Skin stretched around the seed. Nothing to see here. Shoo!