If I Were Invisible…

Hi. I’m Mo. You might remember me? I used to write a blog…

The days and weeks have flown by and I’ve missed being here.

My absence has been the result of many things including lots of (mostly good) activities but also, to be perfectly honest, a bit of post-election blues.

Although I rarely make New Year’s resolutions because they are usually kicked to the curb by Valentine’s Day, I realized that right now I need a resolution or, better yet, a mantra to get back into my Pollyanna groove.

“I will choose love over hate, happiness over anger, kindness over vengeance and action over idle complaints.”

I feel better already.

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Moving on…

If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ve heard me talk about Coach Daddy’s 6 Word Challenge.  Each month, Eli poses a question that participants must answer in exactly six words. It is a creatively challenging and sometimes maddening exercise in clever conciseness.

This month’s question: “If you could be invisible for a week, what would you do?”


There are so many directions this could go.

Would I want to use this super power to get even with someone? To feather my pockets with ill-gotten gains? No, too mean and dishonest. (See mantra above.)

Perhaps I’d spend a week hanging out among lions or polar bears to soak in their beauty and majesty up close, without the fear of being eaten. Not a bad idea but, after all, isn’t that the job of the National Geographic Channel?

OOOO! How about this: I could park myself inside Buckingham Palace to see just what the Royals do all day. Oh sure, they have some duties to attend to as part of their ceremonial positions and then there’s the daily high tea, but other than that? I’d love to know.

With 188 staff bedrooms, the palace houses plenty of folks to do all the work around the place; surely that means the Royals have scads of free time on their hands. What do they do all day?

Do the Royals sit around watching “Ladies of London”, reading Hello! magazine or pinning items to their “Fascinating Fascinators” or “Recipes For The Downstairs Staff” boards on Pinterest?

If I were invisible, I could find out.

I guess I could also read a book about the Royals. I suppose that might answer my curiosity but certainly would be way less fun than roaming the halls in my invisibility cloak.

Alright, here’s a thought.

If I were invisible, maybe I could get myself a magic wand (if you are dreaming, dream big) and then maybe I could use that magic wand to go around doing anonymous good deeds.

Yes, that’s it.

My 6-word response to the question,”If you could be invisible for a week, what would you do?”:

Grant wishes with my magic wand.

Kind of like Ellen or Oprah without the zillions of dollars required to be a real-life fairy godmother.

Wouldn’t it be fun to perform random acts of kindness and get to see the surprise in the faces of the recipients without it seeming like you are just hanging around looking for a “thank you”?

To be able to catch a glimpse of the joy experienced by your target before reholstering your wand and invisibly moving on to the next “victim”?

No pats on the back, no newspaper headlines. Simply kindness for the sake of kindness.

Well, I’m not likely to come into possession of an invisibility cloak or magic wand anytime soon but I can do my best to spread light in the world through positive words and kind deeds.

Random acts of kindness, standing up for and protecting others, thwarting bullies wherever and whenever they surface, encouraging hope, always hope. I’d like these to be my superpowers.

I can think of no better way to clear the blues.

Make the world a better place

What about you? What would you do if you were invisible for a week? What would you want your superpowers to be? Do you ever wonder about the idle time of the Royals or is that just me?

By the way, do yourself a favor and spend some time visiting Coach Daddy’s site. You will be glad you did!

Thanks for stopping by,
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Pomegranate Mimosas and Corn Avocado Salsa

As you may know, my favorite recipes are those that are low effort, high impact.

Particularly during the holiday season, when we are busy making our lists and checking them twice, this kind of recipe can be the answer to the pot-luck holiday party challenge.

First up, Pomegranate Mimosas. Perfect for a ladies lunch or Christmas morning, this light and lovely beverage is a nice variation on the traditional champagne cocktail.

Pomegranate mimosas

Pomegranate Mimosas

  • 2 cups of pure pomegranate juice (like Pom Wonderful)
  • 1 cup of pulp-free orange juice
  • 1/2 cup of Cointreau (orange flavored liqueur)
  • Bottle of your favorite Champagne
  • Pomegranate arils for garnish

Mix together the first three ingredients. Be sure to keep this mixture and the Champagne ice-cold.

When you are ready to serve, sprinkle some pomegranate arils in the bottom of the Champagne glass (you can use a Champagne flute or beautiful vintage Champagne glasses as seen in the photo).

Pour some of the mixture and some champagne over the arils (I start with a 50/50 ratio then adjust based on people’s preferences) and enjoy!

I brought this to a luncheon at my pal Woody’s house which was beautifully decorated for the holidays complete with a Christmas village including this.

Christmas village W

Well done, Woody and Mr. Woody!

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Sometimes I think “healthy” and “delicious” are oxymorons when it comes to recipes. That is not the case, my friends, with this gem.

All credit for this low effort, high impact appetizer recipe goes to my friend, Clare.

corn avocado salsa

Yes, it would be nice if I had a picture of the dip but it was gone before I could grab my camera.

Clare’s Corn Avocado Salsa

  • 3 Tablespoons of white balsamic vinegar (be sure to use white balsamic or the finished product won’t be as pretty)
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of dry mustard
  • 1 can of white corn, drained
  • 3 avocados, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup of onion (use a red onion is you like a little kick, or yellow onion if not)

Mix the first four ingredients then add to the bottom three ingredients. Serve with tortilla chips.

Pretty simple, eh?

The only tricky part of this recipe is keeping the chopped avocados from turning brownish. Clare recommends tossing the corn and onion then adding a little of the dressing as you add each avocado.

Be sure to put a tight seal of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the dip to keep air away from the avocado until serving. But, honestly, this salsa will be gobbled up so fast the avocados won’t have time to transform.

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There you have it. A couple of easy-peasy recipes to share with friends and family. Cheers!

Thanks for stopping by,
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Newest Member Of The Family – Grandson #4

Did you miss me?

Did you think I was still celebrating the Cubs World Series win? Or that I moved into a cave after the election?

Both good guesses but the actual reason for my blogging break is way better than that.

I’ve been in Boston for an extended stay to welcome the newest member of our family. Grandson #4.

This guy.

Introducing Harry

For those of you keeping score, baby Harry joins his big brother, Andy

and twin cousins, Chip and Dale.

(All names have been changed to protect the little nuggets. And, it is my policy to not show their beautiful faces on this public site. Trust me. They are, in my completely biased but accurate opinion, ridiculously adorable.)

Particularly in light of the current tumultuous state of affairs, these precious boys are a compelling reminder of my obligation to do everything in my power to make the world a better place.

I want these boys to grow up in a world where kindness, inclusion, and compassion are the guiding principals. Where “love your neighbor” means ALL your neighbors, not just those who look, think and act like you.

This sentiment was expressed beautifully by our daughter, Annie, in her remarks at Harry’s Bris.

(These excerpts are shared with Annie’s permission.)

“…may you always stand up and fight for your beliefs and the beliefs of others. Speak up when you see others being wronged. Love everyone fiercely, not in spite of your differences but because of them.”

“Use your history as your guide. You are the great-grandson of Holocaust survivors whose mere existence is the strongest form of resistance. You are also the great-grandson of a politician who fought for civil rights. Remember this compassion for your fellow man. The fight for equality lives on in you.”

“…we pledge to raise you to live up to your name and your history, to encourage empathy and understanding and to reaffirm that the most important thing you can do is to be an ally and friend to your fellow man.”

Welcome, little one. We are so happy to have you as part of our wonderful, loving family.

Thanks for stopping by,
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Education: Key To The Survival Of Our Society

Not hyperbole. Fact.

Education is key to the survival of our society.

Education's purpose is to replace a closed mind with an open one.

The education of our citizens is the most effective way to be certain that we all understand our place in global humanity and appreciate the world around us.

A well-rounded education is worth the investment.

Art and music help us appreciate the beauty around us and allow us alternative ways to express ourselves.

Studying spelling and grammar ensure that we will be taken more seriously when we present our opinions on matters in a clear and concise way.

World Religions class gives us insight into beliefs that are different from our own. This insight shows us that we are more alike than we are different. The highest goal is to be a good person and to be kind to others.

English class has us reading and reading and reading some more. Through books, we are exposed to new words, new ideas and new horizons.

Writing term papers teaches us how to research issues. We learn how to find sources and, more importantly, how to vet sources. What can we believe? What are the facts and what is embellished opinion?

Consumer Education and Life Skills classes teach us what we need to know to responsibly handle such real-life necessities as banking, mortgages, home buying, credit cards, insurance and all the other matters that are part of a grown-up’s life.

Math – think you don’t really need it? We should be thankful that some folks study math so that our buildings and bridges don’t fall down around us, the recipes we make turn out reasonably well and we can send spacecraft into the galaxy to study universe beyond our little planet. Just to name a few…

Science teaches us about the important balance between our actions and our environment and how our carelessness can threaten that balance.

Social Studies isn’t just learning about the currency and exports of countries around the world. It’s learning about what makes different societies tick. What are their people like? What is their place in the world economy? With knowledge comes understanding.

Geography helps us study the relationships between countries. Some neighbors get along, some don’t. It lets us know, quite literally, where we exist in relation to the rest of the world.

World History informs us about the development of nations around the world. We learn about their challenges and triumphs, their mistakes and the impact those mistakes have had on mankind, the ways in which their society has progressed and the warning signs that signal trouble.

Studying World History also highlights that education is something which has not been afforded to the people of all societies. Sadly, many countries still censor or simply don’t allow their citizens to be educated.

The right to an education is something we should never take for granted.

U.S. History tells the story of the birth and growth of our country. We learn about the fierce struggle for our independence and how our Founding Fathers created this beautiful republic out of nothing but the sheer will to have self-determination and be free from tyrants.

An education in U.S. History makes sure that we don’t forget our darkest period when a civil war – brother fighting against brother – threatened to destroy us.

We learn about the other wars in which brave men and women have fought to protect and defend our lives, our land, our freedom. And we accept the shame that these soldiers have not always been duly appreciated for their service.

It reminds us that, time and time again, courageous citizens have stepped up to risk their lives to right the societal wrongs of racism, sexism, xenophobia, religious discrimination, homophobia, and intolerance in any form.

It forces us to face the reality that it has taken us a very long time to begin to live up to the ideal upon which our country was built: that all men (and women) are created equal. We still have plenty of work to do on that.

We are not a perfect union but we need only remember that, for centuries, America has been seen as the land of opportunity and, most of all, freedom. Millions long to be citizens of our country for the blessings of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The study of U.S. Government teaches us intricacies of our republic – how we are governed, how laws are made, how the separation of powers guards against the tyranny of rogue leaders. Our system as spelled out in the Constitution has stood the test of time. While it doesn’t often run smoothly, its design encourages and even depends upon cooperation, conciliation and a desire to achieve the greater good.

Perhaps one of the most important things we learn from the study of U.S. Government is the importance of every individual in determining the course of progress for our country. Our right to vote is a privilege that many around the world lack and should be one of our most cherished freedoms.

Education is key to the survival of our society because it opens our minds and encourages us to understand our responsibilities as citizens of the world.

Above all, it reminds us how incredibly lucky we are to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Thanks for stopping by,
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