Dieting – Step #7


Okay–this is going to be a problem because I love, love love cheese. All types of cheeses: hard cheese, soft, spreadable, blue cheese dressing and the grated cheese I sprinkle on my spaghetti. (another bad habit I must break.) But first things first. What am I going to do about cheese?

Well, I’ll start with the cheese I dont like–any fat-free product. Not only do they taste bad, I can’t believe they’re good for you. So, they’re already banned from my body.

Grated parmesan is only 22 calories a tablespoon. I like the sound of that. One slice of American cheese is 79 calories. Swiss is 70 calories per slice. Gorgonzola is the cheese used in blue cheese dressing–it’s a bad 99 calories per ounce.

Since I know it would be fruitless to even attempt to give up cheese entirely, I’m going to try modifying. For instance, I won’t slather an entire ounce of dressing on my salad and I’ll only use one slice of cheese in a sandwich.

And now to the ace up my sleeve–lately I’ve been eating Laughing Cow Creamy Swiss Original. One wedge of this delicious cheese is only 50 calories.

Breaking habits is a process. I’m doing my best.

Published in: on January 19, 2015 at 8:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Dieting – Step #5

This is something I learned from my doctor. Some people, no matter how hard they try, cannot completely stop eating at nighttime–that’s me. Once I sit down to watch TV, the munching commences. Here’s what he suggested.

It’s probably the crunch that I like, so instead of something like pretzels, try eating dill gherkin pickles–0 calories. I can eat as many as I want. Add to that midget carrots and the crunch should be satisfied. It sounds like a pretty good idea to me except I know I’m still going to want some pretzels. Here’s my solution. I put about four pretzels alongside the plate. I count them out so that I don’t eat out of the bag.

Therefore, I’m cutting back on the carbs, and I’m eating things that are good for me.

Also, I’ve been going to bed a little earlier than usual. Less time for eating. So far I’m doing pretty good.

Published in: on January 9, 2015 at 5:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Do You Remember Your Dreams?

If I were asked, “Do you dream?” My answer would be “no.”

But the absolute truth is, once in a great while I dream. Now keep in mind, it is a scientific fact that everyone dreams, but I could go for years without dreaming. (at least I don’t remember dreaming.)

The thing is, when I do recall a dream, it is a certain type of dream. It’s always about water and someone is always drowning. It’s the kind of dream that I don’t want to think about–it’s sort of frightening.

That is why when anyone asks, “Do you dream?” I answer, “no.”

(but I do wonder what the dream means. why is it a similar dream each time?)

Published in: on July 7, 2014 at 11:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Philadelphia Airport

Have you ever been to the Philadelphia. Airport? It’s huge!

Can you believe I remember when it was a big (as opposed to huge) airport and there were rocking chairs on the roof so you could sit and watch the planes come in and take off. My friends, both guys and girls, would pile into a car, whichever one happened to have enough gas to get us to the airport and back, and when we got there, we’d buy a coke out of the vending machine (cokes came in green glass bottles) and head up to the roof. Summer and spring nights didn’t get much better than a night high up in the sky seeing the planes going and coming.

Another highlight of spending time at the airport–going down to watch the people who had just landed. You could get up close and personal back then. No terrorist threats. We’d try and guess which couples were crazy in love, which ones were married and who was probably coming for a visit.

It doesn’t sound like much, I know, but it was great fun.

Rocking chairs on the roof of the Philadelphia Airport! Can you believe it?

Published in: on October 9, 2013 at 9:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Dead Body in the Living Room

Mrs. Dollarton’s body was in the living room. She was my friend, or rather, she was my friend Bobby’s mother.

It was the 50s. I used to knock on their door and ask if Bobby was going to come out. On days when he was running an errand, like walking to the grocery store or something, Mrs. Dollarton would stop whatever she was doing and sit with me on the top step of the porch. She talked to me like I was a grown-up. I guess that’s what I liked best of all about her. But she was awfully pretty, too.

Then suddenly she was dead. Her body was laid out in Bobby’s living room. That’s what they did back in the 50s, can you believe it? And I went to see her one last time.

There were so many people milling around. No one noticed me come in and walk up to her casket. I kind-of remember her reddish hair, but time may have skewed my memory. Anyway, I wanted to touch her, but I wasn’t sure if you were allowed, so I just stood and looked at her and wished her alive. I don’t know how long I stared at her, mesmerized how alive she looked, but I knew she would never sit up and smile at me ever again.

I walked back to my house and climbed the stairs to my bedroom. I picked up the pillow on my bed and used it to muffle my hysterical cries.

I don’t remember if I said, “Sorry” to my friend, Bobby.

Published in: on August 5, 2013 at 7:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Lentil Barley Soup – The Best

3 cans Vegetable Broth
3 cans Beef Broth
1 cup lentils
1 cup barley
1/2 cup dry black eyed peas OR dry kidney beans
3 tblspn olive oil
1 lb (2 cups) Italian sausage OR Italian turkey sausage
1 large onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 large carrots, chopped
2 large cloves garlic, chopped very fine
1 tblspn fresh basil (use dried if you must, but add only 1 tsp.)
1 tblspn fresh parsley (use dried if you must, but add only 1 tsp.)
1/2 tblspn powdered thyme
3/4 tblspn dried oregano
1 tsp pepper
1 – 8 oz can stewed tomatoes OR Italian cubed tomatoes
Optional Ingredients:
1 can beans, drained (northern, kidney OR cannelloni, your choice)
brown or white rice
1 can mixed vegetables
bouillon cubes (with water)

  • Pour all broth into a large pot
  • Add lentils, barley and dry beans. Simmer for 1/2 hour.
  • In separate pan, brown sausage on all sides in olive oil. Drain off oil, if necessary. After sausage is cooked, cut into bite-size pieces. Add to soup.
  • Chop celery, carrots, garlic and onion. Add to pot.
  • Add all seasonings and the can of tomatoes to pot.
  • Cook on low for 1 1/2 hours.
  • About the Optionals – I usually serve this soup as the main course (with French or Italian bread) so I like it to have a lot of body. I often add some OR all of the Optional Ingredients.
  • NOTE: If you decide to add rice or pastina, you must add another 3 or 4 cups of water along with a bouillon cube for each cup of water.

As with most homemade soups, the longer it cooks, the better it gets. I have put this soup all together in the morning and left it cook on low until dinner. Excellent! Remember to check it from time to time, though.

This makes a huge amount of soup, but it freezes well. I put it into freezer containers holding 3 or 4 servings each. Believe it or not, it comes out of the freezer better than when it went in, if that’s possible.

Enjoy. It’s worth the trouble and one pot will feed a family several times.

Published in: on November 9, 2009 at 5:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg

“It’s so hard to peel a hard-boiled egg.” I hear this complaint over and over again. Therefore, I think it is time for me to share my secret.

Also, you might like to know. Heidi Klum’s exercise guru says that Heidi insists hard boiled eggs be available for that time of day when she needs to have a snack, something filling, but low in calories.

So, go here for the secret. Eggs take exactly 20 minutes to cook.

Published in: on September 28, 2009 at 5:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

Orlando, Florida

Orlando By Night

Orlando By Night

Continuing on with fun cities to visit in the United States. Try Orlando, Florida.

Yeah, you already know it’s about Disney, Universal and SeaWorld. That’s all good, but it is also about nightlife downtown and restaurants galore. One of my favorite restaurants is Vito’s Chop House on International Drive, a steak house with an Italian flair.


Published in: on April 5, 2009 at 3:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

San Antonio, Texas


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In keeping with my suggestion that you vacation in the good ole’ USA, here is another suggestion.

If you want to visit a city that has something for everyone, San Antonio, Texas fills the bill.


Published in: on February 22, 2009 at 4:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Turn Signals May Be Detrimental To Your Health

Not using them, that is!

Why have so many people stopped using turn signals? Too lazy? Or maybe cutting cars off is more macho? I don’t know. What I do know is blood pressure rises when the car in front of you brakes to make a turn, or swerves into your lane without signaling.

Aside from raising your blood pressure, the “no turn signal” habit can kill you.

A lot of people feel the same way. See Ed’s Thoughts On Life

I don’t care who you are, where you’re driving, who’s around you or any other excuse you might give, if you don’t use your turn signal when driving your vehicle you make the roads a little bit less safe. On city and country roads – okay maybe you can have a little lea-way, but for gosh sake when driving on the highway, use your friggin’ turn signal!

The last time I bought a new car, the turn signals weren’t part of an optional package. All cars come equipped with turn signals. They’re meant to be used. They’re not an option.

Tension and anxiety levels in our society are on the rise. Stressful situations already abound in our fast-paced lives, why add to the pressure cooker?  Clogteachr doesn’t like sharing the road with the “crazies,” either.

Are these really an option when it comes time to purchasing a car? You would think so. It is just polite to use them … I mean how else are we to know that you want to turn?

Of course if the police don’t even use their signals why should the general public. You can get a ticket for not using one.

I was watching the movie “Shoot ’em Up” (with Clive Owen) this weekend and the director made a point about this. You only have to move your finger a half an inch to signal you are changing lanes … so come on people be connsiderate …

A half an inch–with one finger–is all it takes. If everyone used signals there would be less of this,


And more of this.


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Published in: on December 1, 2008 at 4:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

Does It Get Any Worse Than This?

Published in: on November 2, 2008 at 10:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

DO NOT Keep a Diary

About a week ago, I sent an email out to several friends asking them to share a favorite childhood memory with me. Many of the those who replied were the same people who have been telling me they can’t write.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I strongly feel everyone should be writing something –anything– so that the only thing one leaves behind isn’t just ashes. What would be the point of your being here if that’s all you leave?

Don’t even think about keeping a diary. Because you probably won’t.


“Auditions” by Barbara Walters

Even before you read one word of Barbara’s book, you understand what a remarkable life she has led. Printed inside the front and back covers are the names of all the people she has interviewed–the famous and the infamous.


Things I Hate

Since I wrote all about things that I love last week, it seems only fair that I write about a few things I hated in the 80’s and still hate in 2008.


Reminisce – The 50’s

The other day, I described to a friend of mine (much younger than I) the one and only time I could remember an entire movie theater audience jumping out of their seats to dance in the aisles. It was a crazy, spontaneous phenomena. One minute everyone was in their seats, the next they were dancing wildly wherever they could find an open spot.

That was in 1955. The movie was Blackboard Jungle. The song that roused everyone from their seats was Rock Around The Clock performed by Bill Haley and the Comets.

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Published in: on April 6, 2008 at 4:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

4 Kitchen Tips & A Recipe

Here are a few suggestions that will decrease your preparation time when cooking.

Kitchen Tip #1 – Green Pepper. I like to have green peppers on hand at all times. Depending on the recipe I am using, I sometimes use sliced peppers, while at other times I need them chopped. So first, you will need two peppers. Slice each pepper into quarters. Clean out the seeds, making sure you cut away the white part that is inside the pepper because that’s the part that gives the pepper a bitter taste. After you have cleaned both peppers, slice one and chop the other. Put each in their own separate Ziploc bag and store them in the freezer until you need them.


Published in: on October 21, 2007 at 3:53 pm  Leave a Comment  
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