06/27/16 – What’s Cooking


Worlds Best Cook

Valda Trophy

It was my honor last Friday to be able to present this year’s, World’s Best Cook award to Chef Valda.  Chef Valda was selected as the World’s Best Cook by a panel of culinary experts, many of whom attended the ceremony and gave testimony as to the pleasure of Chef Valda’s skills. 

Me y Valda with Trophy

Embracing Peace

“Embracing Peace,” a sculpture by Seward Johnson, was installed Monday in Memorial Park in Royal Oak, MI, USA.

Wk 27 Embracing Peace

A 25-foot-tall sculpture based on a famed photograph of a kiss in Times Square in New York City at the end of World War II is visiting Royal Oak as part of efforts to raise money for a war memorial.

It is one of several “Embracing Peace” sculptures on display in the U.S. and Europe. (Source: Crain’s Detroit)


Honor Thy Temple

Wk 27 Eat Pizza to lose weight

Remember, it is just a dream.


The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

If there is one character trait that could help you live an extraordinary life, this could be it.

Wk 27 Be Positive


Getting Along with Others

If you want to get along with others, keep this in mind.

Wk 27 Many Ways to do something


Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Every so often I like to share scientific  information.  Perhaps, this is some scientific information that will really make your day.

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The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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How Proust Can Change Your Life

By Alain de Botton

This isn’t a new book, it was written in 1997, but I’ve read and reviewed it a number of times and have found it helpful and interesting.

Helpful by reminding us if we think and act like we are going to live forever, a lot of things important to us will be missed.

It has some interesting ideas such as characters we see in paintings (I will add to that movies and TV), we should imagine people we know in those roles.

There is also insight into human nature, such as when people part, it is the one not in love that makes the tender speeches.

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 Love and Friendship

This movie is not laugh out loud funny, but it has some very clever dialogue.

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Love & Friendship is a 2016 romantic comedy. It is based on Jane Austen’s  novel Lady Susan, first published in 1871. The film stars Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel and Stephen Fry.

Although it was adapted from Austen’s novel Lady Susan, the film was produced under the borrowed title of her juvenile story, Love and Friendship. Love & Friendship received critical acclaim and has been a box office success in North America.



When it comes to tolerance:

67% – thought they were more tolerant than others

28% – thought they were about as tolerant as others

5% – thought they were less tolerant than others

How tolerance do you believe most people are:

59% – thought most people were ok, but could improve their level of tolerance

23% – thought most people were not very tolerant

18% – thought people were very tolerant




“We Didn’t Start the Fire”

by Billy Joel


Leaning Tower of Pisa

Here I am by the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but I must admit that it looks a bit different from I had envisioned and as seen in history books.


The Leaning Tower of Pisa is known worldwide for its unintended tilt.

The tower’s tilt began during construction, caused by an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure’s weight. The tilt increased in the decades before the structure was completed, and gradually increased until the structure was stabilized (and the tilt partly corrected) by efforts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. (Source: Wikipedia)


Captain James T. Kirk

 Wk 27 JamesTKirk

James Tiberius Kirk was born in Riverside, Iowa, Earth on March 22, 2233 and graduated from Starfleet Academy in 2254.  He was captain of the United Federation of Planet’s Constitution-class starships Enterprise (NCC-1701) and Enterprise (NCC-1701A).  

James Kirk never married, as his strongest passion was for his career and his command, ship and crew. He was renowned for many relationships with women, human and otherwise.

Kirk is best known for his independence and unorthodox problem solving. Kirk violated the Prime Directive a few times during his various commands, such as the renegade Enterprise crew’s voyage into 1986 in a mission to take a pair of humpback whales into the 23rd century.

He joined 24th century starship captain Jean-Luc Picard [Please don’t ask me how he did that] to prevent El-Aurian scientist Tolian Soran from destroying the Veridian star system. Unfortunately he died in the fight with Soran. Picard buried Kirk on Veridian III.


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8 thoughts on “06/27/16 – What’s Cooking

  1. Not your fault, Bill, but I chose not to vote this time because your choice offerings didn’t quite fit everything I’m feeling about the subject. Great job otherwise!


    • Jo. thanks for commenting; much appreciated. Just think if you were a voter in Britain, you had to either vote yes or no or choose the option of not voting at all 🙂


  2. I cannot vote as my ad-blocker doesn’t approve of your poll (I can try later on my cell phone). Anyway, regarding the Brexit, I read in the papers today that Johnson has milded up regarding the rest of Europe, and that many Brits are having second thoughts.

    I also read Iceland beat them in the European Championship of football.

    Lovely post, as usual, Bill. The images you use with the wise sayings and the jokes always make me smile 🙂


  3. i just watched the we didn’t start the fire video this week myself..also there is a video on American pie..the day the music died…both are very interesting


    • Sue, thank you for commenting and especially for your American Pie suggestion. Since next week will be Fourth of July, I thought I would use the American Pie video–it seemed appropriate. Again thank you for the suggestion. Bill


  4. We always think we’re much more open than most people, more tolerant, more understanding, have a better sense of humor, more everything we consider good. Wish that were really true. How much better the world would be. Your poll was spot on.


    • Carolyn, thank you for astute comment, I agree whole heartily. Except in your case, you really are more tolerant, understanding, have a better sense of humor and embody everything we consider good.


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