Archive for September 2014

Gold!   3 comments

There's gold in them thar hills! Well, at least there is when the aspens turn gold on the hills above Great Sand Dunes National Park. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 9/19/14.

There’s gold in them thar hills! Well, at least there is when the aspens turn gold on the hills above Great Sand Dunes National Park. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 9/19/14.

Posted September 20, 2014 by henrymowry in National Parks

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September – December Events   Leave a comment

If you need Mrs M’s, come see us!

Posted September 19, 2014 by henrymowry in Living Life

Beasts   Leave a comment

Granola Bar   Leave a comment

Granola BarIngredients

  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup agave nectar
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 3 cups Cheerios Protein
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup pecans
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats

Optional Additions

  • Any dried fruit, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • flax seed
  • any variety of nuts
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • coconut
  • M&Ms
  • Peanut butter or butterscotch chips
 Instructions
  1. Line a 13×9 baking pan with parchment paper. Combine Cheerios, cherries, almonds, pecans and oats in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  2. Place butter, oil, sugar, agave nectar and honey in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium low. Boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour over Cheerio mixture and stir well. When cooled slightly, add chocolate chips. Stir.
  4. Pat in prepared pan. Bake at 325* for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven. Sprinkle additional nuts and chocolate chips on top, as desired.
  6. Cool in pan for 30 minutes then remove from pan and cool completely before cutting into bars.
  7. Slice into 14 bars. Wrap individually in wax paper, and store in a tightly covered container.
Kitchen help should include Grandchildren whenever possible: it's the VMICA way. (that's the Velda Mowry Institute of Culinary Arts, FYI)

Kitchen help should include Grandchildren whenever possible: it’s the VMICA way. (that’s the Velda Mowry Institute of Culinary Arts, FYI)

 

Posted September 18, 2014 by henrymowry in Recipes

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Grinnell Formation   7 comments

The rocks of the Grinnell Formation contrast beautifully with the water in Montana's Glacier National Park. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 9/16/14.

The rocks of the Grinnell Formation contrast beautifully with the water in Montana’s Glacier National Park. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 9/16/14.

Posted September 17, 2014 by henrymowry in National Parks

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Skyline Rim … And The Henry Mountains   1 comment

How could I resist showing the Henry Mountains?

Skyline Rim near Factory Butte provides incredible, expansive views of the deserts of eastern Utah. The Henry Mountains offer a stout backdrop. Photo: Brandon Jolley. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 9/15/14.

Skyline Rim near Factory Butte provides incredible, expansive views of the deserts of eastern Utah. The Henry Mountains offer a stout backdrop. Photo: Brandon Jolley. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 9/15/14.

Hoo Doos   5 comments

86 years ago today, Bryce Canyon was officially listed as a National Park. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 9/15/14.

86 years ago today (9/15/1928), Bryce Canyon was officially listed as a National Park. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 9/15/14.

Posted September 15, 2014 by henrymowry in National Parks

The Beauty Of Fall   2 comments

Fall has arrived beautifully in Alaska's Lake Clark National Park. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 9/13/14.

Fall has arrived beautifully in Alaska’s Lake Clark National Park. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 9/13/14.

Two Medicine Lake   7 comments

It's winter already! Here's Two Medicine Lake in the Glacier National Park. Photo by Marc Ankenbauer. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 9/12/14.

It’s winter already! Here’s Two Medicine Lake in the Glacier National Park. Photo by Marc Ankenbauer. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 9/12/14.

Mrs. Fleming Taught Me Well   5 comments

IBM Selectric. Note that there is no manual return ... you just press a button to start a new line of typing! SUCH an innovation.

IBM Selectric. Note that there is no manual return … you just press a button to start a new line of typing! SUCH an innovation.

We are all a product of our education.  Sometimes, technology moves past where we were educated … and such is the case with me.  You see, I use my right thumb too much.

I blame Mrs. Fleming.  She taught typing when I attended Nodaway Holt High School.  Typing.  A class that is no longer offered … and when it is offered, it’s taught to elementary students.  Today, the class is called “keyboarding.”

So what’s my point?  I was taught on an Olivetti typewriter … which means I was a good typist.  I got an electric typewriter.  I even got to move up to use an IBM Selectric on some days (we only had 4 of those). Not all students were so fortunate.  Some had to learn on manual typewriters.  If you’ve never had the pleasure, please, trust me.  Today’s keyboards are an improvement.

This ball had the font for the IBM Selectric. Want to use a different font? Just put in a different ball. SUCH an innovation.

This ball had the font for the IBM Selectric. Want to use a different font? Just put in a different ball. SUCH an innovation.

As I was learning to type, one thing I learned was that after every period, you spaced twice before starting the next sentence.  It was a visual cue to the reader that a new thought was starting with the new sentence.  It’s how I was taught, and it’s how I’ve written this post up until this point.

It’s old school – really, old school.

Today, no one puts 2 spaces between sentences. Today, the smart machines we all use have variable width fonts and know to put a wider space after a period than after a word. So, the spacing is done automatically, and the typist keyboardist operator only needs to press the space bar once after a period. The computer does the rest.

Unfortunately, Mrs. Fleming taught me so well, that I continue to put 2 spaces between every sentence in every email, letter and blog post that I write. I try to remember to insert one space only, but I’m not as good at remembering to change as I might be.

After all, I still remember Mrs. Fleming’s lessons about spacing from 40+ years ago. I remember her teaching the class to strike the typewriter’s keys like a cat striking it with its paw. That visual will never leave me, no matter how much technology may advance.

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Slate.com: Space Invaders

Cult Of Pedagogy: Nothing Says Over 40 Like Two Spaces After A Period!

 

Posted September 13, 2014 by henrymowry in Living Life

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