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On Saturday, I’ll be in Spencer, NC from 9 am – 5 pm as part of the Family Rail Days Festival at the NC Transportation Museum.

I’ll be there reading from and signing copies of  Better With Friends as a part of the 2nd Saturdays Program sponsored by The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources and the North Carolina Arts Council.

2nd Saturday

North Carolina Arts Council

I’ll be on WFDD radio tomorrow at 8:50 AM with David Ford.  Tune to 88.5 on your FM Dail.   See more here.

“A man would do nothing,
if he waited until he could do it so well
that no one would find fault
with what he has done.” —John Henry Cardinal Newman

“Begin doing what you want to do now.
We are not living in eternity.
We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand—
and melting like a snowflake.” —Marie Beyon Ray

If anyone is interested in the Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica from the point of view of religious history, be sure to read Scott Erb’s blog. Scott is in Italy for a few days as part of a travel course to Italy involving 16 students and will be blogging from there.

As Scott points out, in his entryVatican Voices” about the Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica, he stands in “awe [because of] the way in which our very civilization was saved by, shaped by and is still affected by the Roman Catholic Church.” Scott points out art works and other valuable historic sites then writes:

“As I left I felt like all day I’d been hearing ‘Vatican voices.’ Voices from the past, connecting the present with all the ebbs, flows, and shifts of western history, a history of which the Church has been the center.  I am not  a Roman Catholic, I am not a Christian — though my beliefs on spiritual matters are very close to Christianity….”

Michelangelo's Pieta

I’ll be following Scott’s posts as he travels in Italy.  Others might want to bookmark Scott Erb’s blog and follow him also.

For other information, see the Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Scott Erb, Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine at Farmington, usually blogs about the economy.

Ron Silliman has a great post that concerning this year’s Presidential election.

“There is no doubt that John McCain’s choice of Gov. Sarah Palin has energized the right and given some badly needed CPR to his campaign. It’s appears that not picking a woman to serve as his running mate, Hillary Clinton or otherwise, has hurt Barack Obama’s campaign. It’s self-evident, I think, that Palin is intelligent & a superb speaker, whatever her beliefs, lack of experience, or level of corruption. I also think it’s self-evident that Obama’s long drawn-out battle with Clinton, which dragged on months longer than necessary, has exhausted his campaign and that right now, on the surface at least, it looks very much the same way Clinton’s campaign looked the day after Super Tuesday. As tho it had focused so long on a single goal (Super Tuesday for Clinton , gaining the nomination for Obama) that whatever came next appears to have been a surprise.”

“However, in the long run, . . .”

“In spite of national polling, and in spite of eight years of unparalleled incompetence and rapaciousness on the part of the Bush administration, this is going to be another razor thin election. With eight weeks remaining, there really appear to be just four states that truthfully are still in play, and which aren’t leaning clearly one way or the other: Ohio, Virginia, Colorado & New Hampshire. If Obama wins either Ohio or Virginia, all he needs is one of the smaller two to win. McCain has to win both those states, or three of the four, to beat him. . . .”

“So I think this election ultimately is about economics. Not, according to his own admission, McCain’s strong suit. . . .”

Read more Friday September 12, 2008

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a Republican, was asked if the nation would be safe with Obama as president.

Her response: “Oh, the United States will be fine.” See more

Last I heard she wasn’t saying who she planned to vote for. 🙂

“Sen. Edward M. Kennedy will undergo surgery [today] at Duke University Medical Center for his cancerous brain tumor and then faces chemotherapy and radiation treatment, his office said.” Read more.

Please pray for Ted Kennedy’s recovery.


“DURHAM, N.C. — Sen. Edward M. Kennedy is out of surgery at Duke University Medical Center for a malignant brain tumor and his doctor said the procedure “was successful and accomplished our goals.”

Kennedy surgeon Dr. Allan Friedman said his patient was awake during the 31/2-hour procedure, and should experience no permanent neurological effects from the surgery.”

Read more.

“Soul Food” is a that term originated from the cuisine developed by the African slaves mainly from the American South. A dark and despicable period in the history of the United States resulted in a cuisine fashioned from the meager ingredients available to the slave and sharecropper black families. The meat used was the least desirable cuts and the vegetables, some bordering on weeds, were all that was available for the black slaves to prepare nutritious meals for their families. From these meager ingredients evolved a cuisine that is simple yet hearty and delicious. (See more)

See “A History of Soul Food.”

Recipes include: Black eyed peas, cole slaw, biscuits, fried okra, Southern fried chicken, and more. Many web sites, such as Soul Food Online, give others. But in the Soul Food Cookbook, I found desserts.

This is the one I might try for its name alone. 🙂


Better Than Sex Cake (chocolate version)


1 box devil’s food cake mix
1 jar caramel topping
1 8oz Cool Whip
5 Heath® bars (chopped into small pieces)


Bake cake according to directions on package using a 13×9 pan.
Let cake cool for about 10 minutes.
Make small holes in cake (the round part of a wooden spoon works).
Heat Caramel topping in microwave for 45 seconds.
Pour into holes in cake.
Spread with Cool Whip.
Add candy on top.
Place in refrigerator for 2 hours.


“I have looked at all the candidates, and I believe that Hillary Clinton is the best prepared to lead this country at a time when we are in desperate need of strong leadership. She will restore a greater sense of community in America, and reclaim our standing in the world.” –Rep. John Lewis

from HillaryHub

So why is the opinion of John Lewis important?

I’ve seen courage in action on many occasions. I can’t say I’ve seen anyone possess more of it, and use it for any better purpose and to any greater effect, than John Lewis.” –Sen. John McCain

See Biography of John Lewis for more information on this pioneer leader in civil rights.

January 2023