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Who Died Today? — Filosofa’s Word

Y’know … times have changed since I was a child.  (No sarcastic remarks from the peanut gallery, please 😄)  I remember back in the day, my grandmother, who seemed beyond ancient to me at the time, but was younger then than I am now, would bring in her daily newspaper from the front porch and […]

Who Died Today? — Filosofa’s Word

♫ Our House ♫ (Redux) — Filosofa’s Word

Every time I think of a new song, one that I haven’t played here before, I check the archives only to find that I had played it, sometimes as recently as last month, and had forgotten.  I did not play this one last month or even last year … it was back in June of […]

♫ Our House ♫ (Redux) — Filosofa’s Word

It’s Friday What’s For Dinner 12-09-22 — In Dianes Kitchen

Anyone that makes a homemade dinner is welcome to type the name of one recipe that you prepared in the comments, then we can all scroll through the comments for recipe ideas.This will be a weekly Friday post and only recipes on the Friday posts will be allowed.  If someone wants your recipe and asks there will […]

It’s Friday What’s For Dinner 12-09-22 — In Dianes Kitchen

Avian Flu Diary: Some States Edge Toward `Crisis Standards Of Care’ As Hospitals Struggle With Winter Surge

Photo Credit PH L (Public Health Image Library) #17,160 A year ago, prompted by the severity of the the Delta COVID wave, and the rapid spr…

Source: Avian Flu Diary: Some States Edge Toward `Crisis Standards Of Care’ As Hospitals Struggle With Winter Surge

White Chocolate Lavender Berry Scones


What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Delicious Holiday Foods: White Chocolate Lavender Berry Scones! Butter and Buttermilk, two main ingredients that lasso the moon. This is not your ordinary pastry. It’s not a doughnut. It’s not a muffin. It is a flavorful raised vessel for smearing on more butter. Granted, the American version may be filled with fresh fruit and chocolate chips, but hey, it’s all good. And since I was doing it my way, I went one step further and added a lavender glaze on top. There’s no way I’m going to be accused of making a dry-as-dust scone. I’m living with a man who conjures up that image whenever he hears the word “scone”. I believe for now, I’m okay with him thinking that way. More for me!



1 1/4 cups flour

1 tablespoon sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon sea…

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Rights And Freedoms — Part II — Freedom Of Religion

Filosofa's Word

As I noted in my post of December 2nd, I am doing a brief ‘mini-series’ about ‘rights’ as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, and how they are often abused or misinterpreted.  This post is Part II of that series.

1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, 15 December 1791

The ‘freedoms’ that are guaranteed to the people of this nation under the U.S. Constitution are often misunderstood, sometimes intentionally, and other times out of genuine confusion.  But I would like to make one thing very clear … a ‘right’ is a right for everyone.  If I give you a chocolate bar and tell you it’s okay to eat it, that doesn’t give you the right to force someone else to eat a chocolate bar.

Specifically today I’m addressing a touchy topic:  freedom of religion.  Let’s start with the facts.  This is what the First Amendment has to say about…

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Happy National Pastry Day! Fall’s Mandatory Baking: Apple Pie — Tanooki Homemade Cafe

Yes I said that!;) But isn’t it true that When it officially hits Fall, I think baking apple pie at least once in season is a mandatory thing. Plus, my dinner buddy asks when he gets to eat apple pies this year, so here it is!    Homemade Baked Apple Pie […]

Happy National Pastry Day! Fall’s Mandatory Baking: Apple Pie — Tanooki Homemade Cafe

Women’s basketball: ‘I’ve been spat at in the face for the colour of my skin’


By Ashley Lime | BBC 100 Women | 8 Dic. 2022

Basketball scout Sarah Chan’s career has taken her all over the world, from Sudan to Kenya, Europe and the US – but she’s had to face war, racism and gender-based violence along the way.

“I have been spat in the face for the colour of my skin,” says the former professional basketball player.

“I’ve experienced racism in more ways than I would like.”

Now the first woman to manage African scouting for a team in the NBA – the world’s top professional basketball league – Ms Chan is inspiring a new generation of young people to seek out opportunity in the sport.

“Basketball illuminated my way to where I am today. It is everything,” says Ms Chan, who is featured in the BBC 100 Women list of inspiring and influential women this year.

Image caption,Sarah Chan is a recruiter…

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Cómo se transmiten los prejuicios de generación en generación


Es un error común pensar que los niños son mejores en matemáticas que las niñas. ¿Cómo se difunde exactamente esta idea errónea?

¡A las chicas se les dan mejor las matemáticas que a los chicos! Hay que reconocerlo: esta afirmación solo se aplica a algunos países. Finlandia, Catar o China, por ejemplo. Sin embargo, muchas personas creen que el sexo masculino tiene habilidades matemáticas superiores. En China, más del 40 por ciento de la población comparte esta creencia. ¿Cómo se propagan exactamente estas ideas erróneas? Dos científicos de la Universidad de Columbia de Nueva York y de la Universidad de Ciencia y Tecnología de Pekín han investigado esta cuestión. Como informan en Nature, los estereotipos se transmiten de padres a hijos, y de estos a otros niños.

Alex Eble y Feng Hu analizaron los datos de más de 8.000 escolares chinos y sus padres. Calcularon un factor para cada…

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