I have always wanted to be a fly on the wall at the Conways’ home: George and Kelleyanne, both devout Catholics and conservative Republicans with what appear to be very similar religious and political beliefs – yet seemingly on such completely opposing paths to how they express them. Kellyanne has been a totally faithful defender and spokesperson for President Donald Trump and, I believe, the brains behind a witless, unprincipled and ever lying presidency – and the coiner of some really interesting new “concepts” in political doublespeak.
She has uniquely survived the many purges and sudden replacements in the Oval Office and has consistently flown above the name-calling, labeling and misogyny of President Trump. And then there is her husband, George Conway, still a true conservative Republican but one of Trump’s most vocal and vociferous and perhaps most effective critics. George is co-founder of the Lincoln Project and behind the group’s – made up of all anti-Trump Republicans – scathing anti-Trump political ads:
He has trumpeted psychologists’ assessment of Trump’s mental health: dangerous narcissist:
His wife, Kellyanne, originated, among others, the concept of “alternative facts” – as though we have two realities and it is just a matter of opinion as to what is “real.”
Interesting that husband and wife should both decide at this time that their family needs them at home now. Perhaps precipitated by the Conways’ teenaged daughter’s rebellion and open criticism? Or do they smell an oncoming defeat and are fleeing the sinking Trump ship?
That gives us time to ponder the interesting similarities that my father used to comment about in 1933 about the degradation of the German language under Hitler and the uses of distortion and propaganda to pull the wool over eyes of even educated German citizens.
I am sure there will be more on this topic – the news has been overshadowed by the RNC “convention” and the oncoming nasty weather about to hit the Gulf Coast. Stay tuned …
Summertime is for fun, frolics and fresh, local veggies. We always hear of the best farm stand for corn, have our favorite farmers markets, or even our own potted herbs and plants for the extra fresh taste available at our fingertips.
Joey’s tomatoes …
The funny part is those of us who have gardens know that it is an explosion of whatever matures first. At my house, it was lettuce then zucchini, followed by squash and cucumbers. We are now on the tomato boom – cherries being the number one producer.
The beets are maturing nicely, as is the cabbage, and this is the time of year to keep an eye on these slower growing items because friends like squirrels woodchucks and chipmunks that had no interest due to other delicious woodland snacks are all of a sudden thinking: wow!! how did I miss this?! … So that not no secure door has to be corrected and the small gaps fixed to endure the final stages of the growing season …
In Joey’s garden …
Of course, with gardens and veggies come traditions, too: stuffed squash comes to mind, sautéed eggplant, basil soup – it’s really a veggie soup with carrots potatoes and green beans with a whole lot of basil – in French it’s called “Soupe au Pistou.”
My grandmother used to make an Italian Frittata that had more than 8 eggs in it! Then it dawned on me she grew up on a farm and they had to use all those chickens’s eggs up!
Chef Joey has a green thumb!
Another time I had a friend who cut a tiny slice on the end of her roast. I asked her why. She said her grandmother did it, so she did. The grandmother was arriving a little later that day … She said triumphantly, “I remember that day. I was entertaining a larger number of guests, and I did not have a pan big enough to hold the roast. So I had to cut the end off and cook it next to the roast!” That was one tradition that got cancelled fast.
It is not about the preparation. I know some people who only enjoy “julienne” style carrots (cut in even matchstick pieces for uniform cooking). Potatoes cut this way are called fries – who knew?! Bottom line is: Cook things the way you want and eat healthy. My mother always said when we complained hunger pains as kids, would you find that in the forest? So berries, fruits and large doses of water generally cured our hunger pains. I do the same thing with my 5-year-old now – that tradition is a keeper.
Edith, yesterday, tending her tender flora. pics: Rose T.
The novel coronavirus has given us the great gift of time – time to think, time to plan, time to do something better.
Before we open our school buildings, let us ask some pertinent questions. Let us put on the table ALL our assumptions about public education: Why do we do what we do? Are those reasons still valid in the 21st century?
🖋Let us create an idealized goal – what kind of human being do we want to graduate after 12 year with us in our schools? If we do not have a clear destination, how will we know when we are there?
📘Are paper and pencil tests really a valid accountability measure for accomplishing our stated goals?
📙Does our curriculum at all levels reflect what we want a full-fledged adult American citizen to know, be able to do, and pass on to descendants?
🌊If we are all going to live to a healthy, productive, nine-decade life, how do we prepare our graduates for their 30-to-40 years of retirement?!
These are some of the more basic questions we should be asking ourselves. Right now, our emphasis is almost entirely on getting our children back into our old school buildings and trying to figure out how to pay for these new groupings.
📚We have not addressed the pressing problem of pre-school education, lack of affordable day care or any kind of affordable child care – and application of all that is known about how children learn, develop, and thrive. While individual teachers try to encourage and enhance individual talents and skills and interests, we pay little attention to these things as systems. We are still wedded to the factory model of education, teaching to the middle, and creating a few special places for all those who are not ”average.”
🌺What if each teacher really knew what the total curriculum goals were and was given no more than 10 students, to be their assigned group, and be responsible for the full development of those 10 students for one school year – or more?
🍃They would not be limited to the school building – but would use the facilities of the entire city – its parks, streets, museums, stores and eateries, etc. The group would be responsible for each other and spend a full day together so that parents would be able to work knowing their young were in good hands all day, developing at their own rate, and not being herded about to the sound of bells.
Gigi works on her puzzles. pic: Chef Joey
We should also remember that languages are most easily acquired at early ages, not after puberty, when for most of it becomes more difficult. The early elementary times should be given over to enriching vocabulary, developing good sentence structure and comfort with many forms of expression (prose and poetry). Once children have a good command of the language, there is plenty of time to go over the rudiments of phonics by grade 3. English basic words are generally not phonetic.
Every American child should master more than one language – there are so many ideas and nuances that can not be expressed in one language but exist in another.
And, above all, our young must, from sixth grade on, be able to think critically, analyze propaganda and know when they are being used to become mere consumers. We are now so immersed in advertising everywhere we look that we no longer even question the right
of moneymaking to occupy every inch of space around us!
A portion of Edith’s garden – Edith espouses TEACHING/LEARNING outdoors, in nature.
By the time we graduate seniors from our high schools, we should expect that they can navigate various forms/applications, and the tiny print designed to mislead that is found in contracts, credit card statements, etc. Years ago there was a test, the SHARP test (senior high assessment of reading proficiency) which simply tested whether students could use and understand the most common forms they would encounter in adult life: Tax forms, W-2, driver’s license, credit card monthly reports, bank forms or whatever is current now. Too many of our high school graduates are constantly taken advantage of because of their lack of education in these areas. And as part of any civics curriculum, senior high students should have a thorough understanding of how various economic systems work and how they affect our students’ lives and futures.
Once upon a time (last century, actually) we Americans were all very rich. Of course, most of us did not know that, so let me tell you:
We,the people, owned so much public property, so many publuc buildings, so many public facilities, so many great American services … Actually, I had an old inventor friend who, when the national debt ballooned, suggested that we could wipe it out by mortgaging our public properties to ourselves – and pay it all off.
What did we own? Millions of acres of beautiful parklands, canyons, lakes, forests, natural wonders.
Save the planet – EAT LESS MEAT!
We built libraries, federal buildings, bridges, interstate highways, cross-country railroads and wonderful national services (the U.S. Postal Service is one).
We, the American public, also owned the airwaves, which we rented out in three-year terms to providers, to be renewed after they had proved that they were serving the public good: education and entertainment.
Much of this public wealth was acquired after the Great Depression of 1929 – as the Roosevelt administration saved the capitalist system by implementing “the New Deal.” Millions of Americans were put to work, building up America: we built – for much needed paychecks – libraries, bridges, public buildings, parks, schools, playgrounds – and services. By mid-20th-century, we had a postal services that went daily to EVERY city, town, suburb, village and rural address in America – and to our troops overseas! And connected us to every other nation with such a system.
Many of us took these great assets for granted, and used them, and sometimes abused them. But they were equally available to all – and our taxes maintained them. So we have the Grand Canyon and all the surrounding gorgeous parkland, Mount Rushmore, all our great national parks throughout our states, and many of the schools and other buildings still standing from that time.
But for several decades now there has been a concerted effort (a plot, really) to “privaaaaaaaaaaatize” our assets, to take them out of our hands and put them into the hands of profiteers who will keep us out, or charge us to use them – or destroy them in a hundred ways for short-term profit, while destroying them for future use.
What has happened to our airwaves is especially disturbing: we no longer have any criteria about service. Now the only criterion is: do you have enough money to run programs on the frequency assigned to you? And so this noble property now runs 24 hours a day, filling the space with mostly advertising and reruns in summer, with a rare space given to quality, artistry, and education. And every year the time soaked up by interminable ads, one following upon the other, without pause.
There are, out of the hundreds of channels, two or three still supported by a small amount of public funding and donations. But increasingly making money dominates the airwaves, leaving us, the American public, with only the choice of changing channels, or turning it off.
Our public lands are under attack: deforestation, grazing in our parks, mining fracking, selling off huge pieces of land, over-use by an ever-growing population – polluting rivers, lakes, and even the ocean.
And, of course, lest we get wise and vote in a government that will preserve these great bounties for us and future generations, there is now a concerted effort to wreck our postal service, so that not enough of us can vote comfortably by mail! President Trump is the tip of the sledge hammer …
WHEN WILL WE WAKE UP????
FYI! Love PBS’s FRONTLINE:
Still haven’t bought SHOOT OUT THE LIGHTS! Must own this classic! – Rose
During the Pandemic: WHAT WILL THE NEW WPS NORMAL BE? Call it: The “Now Normal”!
By John Monfredo, Worcester School Committee
As schools across our state and nation continue to plan for the fall, many wonder just what will take place. What is the new normal??? But as Juliette Kayyem, a CNN national Homeland Security, said: “I call it the Now Normal because I think every day is going to be different.”
The new normal of the present is anything but normal. Much of the nation is looking at online learning as a means to deliver instruction to students who are at home. Thus, the new normal at the present time will be online learning.
As a school committee member, I worry about another wave of infection as more of society opens up. I see digital technology continuing to play a major role in education, as well as other aspects of our society. Zoom is now a household name with so many meetings and educational learning taking place.
Many Worcester children and their parents look to our public schools for more than books and recess time. file photos: Rose T.
For the time being the new normal will be about on-line learning, and the schools will have to have the necessary tools for our educators to support learning. Another new normal, I hope, will be more interaction between teachers and parents. Many parents will need training on how to assist their child at home via digital learning. So schools will need to set up workshops for our parents.
Collaboration and partners are essential in sustaining learning instruction -especially during this crisis. Teachers are our experts on instruction and will need to do all that they can see that our students are making progress.
I do have a deep concern for those parents living in poverty and the many barriers that make it difficult to support their children in the educational process. Parents are the child’s first and most influential teachers, and educators need to reach out and include them in the learning process. Educators must reach out to these parents and encourage them to continue to support their child with praise and love. In addition, we need to make sure that these families have Internet access, for the Worcester Public Schools will equip every student with a Chromebook this fall.
Another vulnerable group will be our SPED students and our ELL students, for they will need additional support from our school district. The new normal will be for the schools to interact with social agencies and inner-faith groups to work with them in the delivery of service to the children. Perhaps these organizations can also run after-school programs to assist children in need of services.
The bottom line is that teachers, parents and community leaders will have to work together to tackle the countless issues of learning during this global health crisis.
Most importantly, as Worcester Public Schools Superintendent Maureen Binienda said, “The new normal and the old normal share a most important belief: Quality learning needs to be the focus of the work .”
The New Normal will continue to be social distancing, refraining from hugging and shaking hands. Again, this is most difficult when working with younger children. Let’s look at other ways of showing affection, perhaps by placing one hand on our heart and saying something comforting.
The new normal will continue to have all students and teachers wear facial masks to school.
In addition, more hand-washing will take place, as well as deep-cleaning/sanitizing the school building.
According the American Academy of Pediatrics the following guidelines were issued regarding the opening of schools…Schools should:
Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces
Have students wash their hands often
Desks should be 3 to 6 feet apart
Teachers move from one classroom to another, not the students
Lunches eaten at their desks
Use outdoor spaces when possible
Facial masks for all adults and students
Flexibility to go virtual, if the virus surges
So, will the WPSchools open with the new normal?
I hope we don’t open in-person until we see a two-week downward trend in the virus. When our public schools do open, our schools will need to assist families by doing the following:
📚Over-communicate what they can expect before they return …
📗… have a period early in the school year where students can talk about their emotions and feelings …
📘… be consistent with instruction …
🖊Establish a strong relationship with the students and families … and reach out as often as you can to assure parents that their child is alright
😊… give parents ideas that they can do in assisting their child at home
😊… for those parents who have remote learning, check again to be sure that the teacher is constantly in touch, and find ways to assist those children who are having difficulty with their studies.
It may be the new normal for our schools, but let’s hope we can get back to a normal school day sooner rather than later!
EVERY WPS STUDENT SHOULD BE GIVEN A FREE WRTA BUS PASS FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR DURING THE PANDEMIC. THIS MAY MAKE TRANSPORTING STUDENTS TO AND FROM OUR SCHOOLS AT DIFFERENT TIMES SAFER, AS SCHOOL BUSES CAN TRANSPORT NO MORE THAN 20 STUDENTS AT A TIME.
FROM CHEF JOEY …
Chef Joey knows how to savor sweet life!!
SWEET POTATO STICKS!
text+pics by Chef Joey
Side dishes are an important part of any meal or gathering, and with covid-sized upgrades, it is more important than ever to watch what we eat and how we prepare it.
A bag of sweet potato or even regular potatoes is inexpensive and can yield quite a large amount of side dishes. One of my summer favorites is sweet potato sticks – not fries, as they are baked!
Yummy – and healthier than French fries!
Cut the potatoes into strips, toss in sunflower oil, and season with salt and pepper. Better yet, experiment with Montreal seasonings:
Be creative when you cook your daily meals!
Bake 375 F for 30 minutes, until cooked. You have a light healthy side! Enjoy!
Joey unwinding after a long day parenting and caring for his elderly mom and running a pet-filled, happy household!
I saw Dave Brubeck and his players about 10 years ago at Mechanics Hall with the “Old Beau,” who had had a long day running his carpentry/contracting biz before the concert that evening (a week night). I turn to him to say something – he is fast asleep, head back, mouth open, snoring softly.💓 – Rose T.
Throughout the country and the world, the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic continues – and with no end in sight. Everyone has their opinion on what to do or not to do but, remember, there is no manual written on what to do next. We are all trying to figure this all out and hopefully listen to what health professionals are telling us on how to be safe.
When it comes to education, everyone has an opinion on how we should educate our students as we move forward. These last four months of the school year in Worcester – and America – were traumatic for our parents, students and teachers. Now everyone is trying to figure out how we educate our students for the coming school year. The new normal …
Chef Joey’s Gigi working on her math homework the previous school year. pics: J.C.
Whatever Worcester decides to do, it will have to be a new normal for our public schools. School districts everywhere are grappling with whether they continue with virtual learning, use a hybrid model (a combination of face to face instruction and online learning) or take a chance and go back to school full time – with many restrictions.
In Worcester, our school superintendent Maureen Binienda told the Worcester School Committee at a special July meeting that the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has asked state school districts to prepare three plans for the new school year: One plan would be for students returning to school, the others are remote learning or the hybrid model which is a combination of both. The plans are due in August, with additional informational guidelines being sent out later this month.
📚DESE guidelines include the stipulations that all students in grade 2 and up wear a facial mask …
📗📘 … and there must be at least 3 feet of space between all students.
After a long discussion and looking at the school budget as presented by WPS Chief Financial Officer Brian Allen $12.7 million more would be needed for a reopening of our city schools.
Puzzle time at home after a dip in the pool!
🖊Our school district would be hampered by having only 20 students per school bus …
… additional materials including PPE – personal protective equipment – cleaning supplies, more custodial staff, school nurses, school bus monitors, childcare programs and technology equipment are all part of the cost increase.
The school committee, due to the cost and the safety factors, did not see this as a viable option and suggested that the hybrid model would make more sense. This model combines face to face instruction with online learning. Students may be in school one week, with another group of students coming in the second week. In the off-week students would be home doing on-line learning. This model can lend itself to individualized learning, collaboration via online discussions and several modes of interacting with course content for various learning styles.
Other ideas with this model could be having K to grade three come Monday and Wednesday and grades 4 to 6 come in to school on Tuesday and Thursday, with all students participating in distance learning on Friday.
There could also be many other combinations as well.
To assist in the planning, Superintendent Binienda will put together several teams to review all the options for our school district.
In the meantime, Superintendent Binienda will continue her quest for connectivity via online learning, as well as trying to get every student in the district a Chromebook. She has also sent out a survey to our parents for their input about the next school year and their experience with remote learning. Questions are asked about access to the Internet, student support at home, access to food, transportation to school and more.
Depending on updates to the COVID crisis these plans may change.
However, no matter what plan we adopt, it will not take the place of a normal school day, for there is no substitute for learning that takes place in a school setting. Personally, as a former WPS school principal (Belmont Community School), the shutdown must be especially difficult for our K to grades 3 children to overcome. These school years are the developmental periods in a child’s life and cannot be replicated by on-line learning.
There will have to be social distancing and mask-wearing at all school assemblies in WPS auditoriums and gyms this coming school year.
Many in education feel that due to the COVID slide and lack of summer learning, many students will return to school in the fall with around 70% learning gains in reading achievement and less than 50% in math.
Learning is at the core of any school, but learning also has social and emotional aspects – and that is another area that will have to be addressed. Yes, this will be a difficult school year for our students and our teachers, but rest assured: Worcester’s Superintendent Binienda, who is such a tireless worker, will do her utmost to have our students, with the assistance of their parents, succeed academically, emotionally and socially this coming school year!
One of our city’s high schools – North High. ICT file photo
Our Vernon Hill Elementary School on Providence Street.❤ CECELIA file pic
It is so great to live in a part of the world that has four seasons! Every year we participate in nature’s birth, blooming, reproducing, then sleeping, resting – and then beginning the whole process all over. Each season brings its own unique beauties!
Children love nature!
That’s why I enjoy watching what will come up on its own, starting seeds in my various indoor experiments in March, and going out daily to see what’s up. On a bad weather day I can dream over the wonderfully tantalizing catalogs that come before March and see what is sprouting in my eggshells, pots and other trays.
My house sits on a 70’ by 70’ lot and takes up most of it, so there is not much space left to grow things. But nature manages to get a foothold in cracks, in the lawn, anywhere there is a bit of dirt, some sun, and occasional rain. What started out as a fern or two is now a lush yearly cover around the house; the Solomon’s seal has filled in every available space before the porch, and the lilies of the valley crowd each other out on the side, yearly more dense and fragrant. The forsythia bloom despite their northern location, and the azalea bursts into full flower in the spring.
This year I am trying out two raised boxes (4′ by 6’) beside the house, filled with a rich mixture of soil, manure and fertilizer. Tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and sundry herbs are thriving there, and I just have to make sure that they get watered on dry spells.
At the only really sunny corner I have, I am growing, or letting grow, strawberries, two yucca plants, and a wild mix of daisies, day lilies, a few scattered tulips, an invasion of chives, and pots of all kinds that have geraniums, gladiolas and various other bulbs. I call that area. “my little God’s one-tenth acre” and just watch what comes up. As I get older (almost 90 now) I want to enjoy seeing things grow without having to babysit a lot of plants each year.
Things seem far more lush than usual this year. I think it is one of the few benefits of the novel coronavirus: less driving, less air pollution, more totally clear blue skies, all have given Mother Nature the go-ahead to expand and celebrate!
AS I write this, my mock orange bush is in bloom, the peonies too are putting out their wonderful fragrance, in three colors, and the roses are full of buds – they should be open for Father’s Day. The invasive wisteria still snakes around everything Maybe next year I can train the tendrils along some kind of structure, give it its own place, and hopefully get it to finally bloom, too.
Mother Earth likes it when we grow things!
If am still “self-quarantined” due to the pandemic next spring, maybe I can undertake more ambitious gardening. That is something we can all do, alone or with others. And sharing cuttings, harvest and floral gifts is always an added blessing.
Here in France I was thinking about things that I can get in the states, and English muffins came to mind. …
During the global pandemic, the French government gives free facial masks to all people! Joey – pictured here wearing his mask – got his daughter Gigi ready for school. The kiddos went back to school last month – avec social distancing and stringent cleaning protocols.
It’s an easy recipe, and by eliminating the butter and using oil and water instead of milk you can make it vegan!
2 1/2 cups flour
1 packet yeast
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp salt
The not-so-secret recipe!
Mix it all together, well.
Cover and let rise 16 hours.
Form into muffins and place in a heated skillet that’s dry. Cover.
Cook a couple of minutes and flip. Let cook, then serve. It’s that easy!
BLACK LIVES MATTER – BUT WORCESTER’S “COMFORTABLE” BLACK FOLKS MUST DEMAND REFORM, TOO!
By Rosalie Tirella
IF BLACK FAMILIES WANT CHANGES IN WORCESTER – ESPECIALLY IN OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT – …
WPD Chief Steve Sargent – the buck stops with Steve! ICT file photo
… THEN THEY HAVE TO WORK FOR IT, TOO! It can’t be CECELIA, the college kids, the young people, Gordon Davis, Dante and activist Kevin Ksen, D4 City Councilor Sarai Rivera and the usual suspects. THE REGULAR FOLKS – BLACK MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES WITH NICE HOMES, KIDS IN OUR SCHOOLS, GOOD JOBS IN CITY GOVT OR IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS … They must rise to meet these days!
It cannot only be Woo college kids …
… and the city’s vocal progressives demanding reforms in the WPD!
I know from 20 years experience running CECELIA, InCity Times, our website and more: Too often Blacks who are “all set” in Worcester, have reaped the benefits of a good city job etc, are middle class, are professionals, keep their mouths shut, do not get involved so as not to jeopardize their good jobs, their situations in their nice neighborhoods. They know how Worcester rolls. They do not want to lose their good jobs, their comfy situations, their good relations with Worcester’s white power brokers …
Cowards. Through the years some terrific, educated Black people who know the score, have said to me: Rose, don’t quote me. I have to be careful …
These African Americans walk a tight rope every day here in Worcester. Even the recent open letter from Worcester’s Black Clergy to the City of Worcester was wimpy! It didn’t say very much at all, despite its lengthiness! Just asking for talks with the City. Well, pastors, Worcester City Manager Ed Augustus will be glad to meet with you and blab and blab and say beautiful sentences. His rhetoric will soar! But you will get nothing from him and City officials: No civilian review board. No body cameras for all WPD cops. No banning of chokeholds, etc by WPD cops. No defunding WPD overtime to give $$$ to other city services that help Blacks and other minorities and the poor – homeless agencies, social workers, health services. And no removal of WPD cops from our public high schools.
YOU WILL GET NOTHING. NONE OF THE ABOVE. BECAUSE YOU ARE PLAYING IT SAFE SO AS NOT TO ANGER City Manager Ed Augustus and the city’s powerful players. So as not to hurt your and your families’ situation.
The city poo blahs know this – they know the patterns of our city better than anyone!
So nothing of substance will happen for Worcester’s Black Community.
Turns out it is a rainy day here, with a chance of thunderstorms. So my morning excursion to the supermarket was thwarted by the heavy rains that accompanied some thunder. Instead, I looked around my kitchen and discovered I had a plethora of ripe bananas and needed to do something with them …
… – so I threw together a batter that comes out like the consistency of a thicker pancake batter. You can use this as a pancake batter, too! I made some pancakes with the excess mix that I made my banana cupcakes with!
So I had a bunch of short bananas that I threw into my mixer – make sure everything (except the milk) is room temperature. You can do this in a bowl too – by hand. I was lazy, it was raining after all.
1 stick of butter
½ cup of sugar
1 teaspoon each of cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla
I gave it a blast and added 1/3 cup of brown sugar and a ½ cup flour, with 2 teaspoons of baking powder.
Mixed it again and put it in a bowl. I added another cup of flour and ¾ cup of buttermilk – or regular milk with 1 tsp of white vinegar added
Mix well and pour into your pre-greased or papered cupcake pan:
This made 12 cupcakes and a large apple banana pancake!
I baked them at 375 degrees for about 18 minutes in my convection oven turning once.
With the extra batter, I sliced an apple thin and sautéed it in a little butter until soft and poured on the remaining batter and covered and cooked over a medium heat. When the batter set after a couple of minutes I slid it onto a dish and slid it into a pan to cook the other side, as it is too heavy to flip. …
Cooked another couple minutes and served with sprinkled sugar.
The cupcakes are great as they are not too sweet – you can add more sugar but soft bananas yields enough sugar, in my opinion:
Rose’s Cece, as a kitten, when she was rescued by Rose – underweight, underfed.
Cece today: the cat’s meow!
Recently, an Ohio man was feeling ill. Thinking a nap might help, he lay down. But soon, he was awakened by a scratchy tongue licking his face and paws pressing against his chest: It was Bear, the feisty longhaired black cat he had adopted from an animal shelter just over a year earlier.
According to a post by the shelter, “Bear knew something was wrong and sprang into action.” When the man woke up, he was dizzy and his vision was blurry, so he called 911. Paramedics found that his blood sugar was dangerously high — over 900 — and a doctor at the hospital where the man was admitted said that if he’d stayed asleep, he would have died. But now, the man is back home and on the mend, thanks to his feline guardian angel.
Shelters across the country are overflowing with cats like Bear who would love to be someone’s devoted — and possibly even lifesaving!! — companion. If you’re prepared to care for a cat for life, June — “Adopt a Cat” Month — might be the purrfect time to welcome a feline friend into your family.
Bear isn’t the only rescued feline who has returned the favor: In April, a Newfoundland man was awakened by his cat, Joey, standing on his chest and pawing at his cheek. Smelling smoke, the man hurried to the kitchen, where the slow cooker he had set hours earlier was burning. Thanks to Joey, disaster was averted and everyone in the house was safe — including the family’s dog, who had snoozed through the whole incident.
Adopted cats often form deep bonds with their rescuers — Joey’s guardian says that his feline firefighter likes to play fetch and follows him from room to room. And as a Canadian woman who rescued a cross-eyed cat named Mervin discovered, taking the time to understand your cat’s body language not only strengthens your connection, it could save the day.
When Mervin was unusually insistent about going for his daily stroll, meowing and scratching at the door, his guardian suspected that something was up. After she put his harness and leash on him, he led her straight to the problem: An electrical wire that was crackling and sparking near a pile of dried leaves, just inches away from her wooden deck. “He’s always seemed very smart and observant,” Mervin’s guardian remarked. “Always listen to your animals if you think they’re trying to tell you something.”
Some rescued cats have even gone on to help their guardians save other lives. After being awakened by her rescued cat, Kitty, a New York woman escaped an apartment complex blaze and helped the family in the unit above her get out safely, too, by catching their small children as they were dropped into her arms.
But amid the smoke and chaos, she became separated from Kitty, and the flames were too intense to go back inside and look for her. The next morning, the woman returned, insisting that Kitty was still alive inside the apartment. And she was. A firefighter emerged from the charred building, carrying Kitty in his arms. “She is a true miracle,” the woman said. “I saved her, and then she saved me.”
Could your miracle be waiting in a shelter? With “kitten season” in full swing, shelters everywhere are full of playful youngsters as well as affectionate adult cats of all personalities who need loving homes. Adoption fees are usually hundreds less than what pet stores and breeders charge and include spaying or neutering, microchipping, deworming and vaccinations for your new friend.
Best of all, when you adopt, you become a lifesaver. And if you ask Bear, Joey, Mervin and Kitty, that’s the greatest miracle of all.