Monday, December 31, 2012
Sunday, December 30, 2012
I am thinking about my three word goals. Are you?
The possibilities are endless... what will the goals be?
Friday, December 28, 2012
If you think that the renewal of a donation as a returning member would be easier than ordering a part for the refrigerator, you'd be wrong.
Sears and their parts direct operation sent a post card with the reminder that the water filter is due to be replaced. They included the part number (duh, they had it, we have ordered it every six months for several years) and an offer for free shipping if we signed up for an automatic renewal!
WGBH on the other hand, while they sent a reminder I also have a couple of other ones from them, some with the correct (i.e original member number) and others with a different number and yet another with out a number (clearly a targeted mailing).
Now, I have been renewing my membership for longer than I have been ordering the water filter yet the process has not improved. Hence, the multiple mailings. Even when you sign in to your online account, and go to the membership renewal page, you still have to input the member number (which is optional as they want the money more than they want to ensure you keep the same member number).
Kudos to Sears!
Sorry 'GBH, maybe someday you'll create a better user renewal experience
Thursday, December 27, 2012
I sauteed some onion and chopped green bell pepper, added some left over ham also chopped into bits. When the mix was hot and smelling good, I took it out of the frying pan and put it aside. Added some olive oil to the pan and swirled it around. Added my scrambled egg mix to the pan and let it set, swirling gently around the edges to spread the loose egg mixture until it started getting solid. Loosened the egg from the sides of the pan and got it ready to fold in half. Returned the ham, onions and peppers back on top of the egg and folder it in half.
Then kicked myself for not adding the shredded cheese I had put aside for this. Oh well, next time.
Cheese or not cheese, it was a good breakfast!
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
|Connie and Joseph Proulx Family|
Monday, December 24, 2012
|home is where the best cookies are!|
home is where the best cookies are!
and Day 2 of the amaryllis tracking
|amaryllis - day 2|
Sunday, December 23, 2012
in the sunshine, by the window
the amaryllis is starting
will it grow and bloom?
How wonderful will it look as it blooms?
Stay tuned to the amaryllis series
Saturday, December 22, 2012
taking on challenges
finding others along the same road
something in common
starts a conversation
the conversation goes on and on
eventually you realize that you have built a community
you have accomplished much
and there is so much more to do
Friday, December 21, 2012
new, different, full of opportunity
I got my run in before the rain arrives here in Franklin today
With this new beginning on a new day, I have much to do.
Give your self permission to accomplish good things today!
Enjoy the dessert!
FYI - This dessert is available at CAV in Providence, RI
Thursday, December 20, 2012
With expectations set appropriately, then you can focus on delivering!
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The angel in lights went on top then Allison took over to decorate the remainder of the tree.
Are you preparing for Christmas?
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Hence the following listing (via wikipedia)
Nancy Lanza, 52, perpetrator's motherThere are people in my circle with similar last names. Any relation?
Rachel Davino, 29, teacher
Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, 47, principal
Anne Marie Murphy, 52, teacher
Lauren Rousseau, 30, teacher
Mary Sherlach, 56, school psychologist
Victoria Soto, 27, teacher
Charlotte Bacon, 6
Daniel Barden, 7
Olivia Engel, 6
Josephine Gay, 7
Dylan Hockley, 6
Madeline F. Hsu, 6
Catherine Violet Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
Jesse Lewis, 6
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
James Mattioli, 6
Grace McDonnell, 6
Emilie Parker, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Avielle Richman, 6
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison N. Wyatt, 6
And what of Mary Sherlach - very close to 'sherlock', perhaps a re-write as their ancestors came trough Immigration?
Keep these people, their family and friends in your prayers
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
In real life I do not stand this tall. I am tall enough to be asked to reach for things on the top shelf.
I also recall that quote about give me a spot to stand and I will move the world (or something like that).
Finishing my run this morning presented the opportunity to cast my shadow.
Where do you stand? Are you in a position to help with your skills and talents?
Stand in a way to cast a long shadow!
Thursday, December 13, 2012
This TEDTalk is less than 6 minutes. Ludwick briefly summarizes his motivation and process to develop a waterless bathing solution.
The key for me is his motivation. The second and related key is how he persisted to develop his idea with only his cell phone.
Reminds me of that familiar adage "If there is a will, there is a way!"
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
On the last day of the "12 Days of Donating", let's continue to look back through the events of the year and see how much we can be thankful for in Franklin.
We are still in December, so to try and reflect on the month while only in the middle is a bit fool hardy. The tree has been purchased but not yet set up or decorated. Cookies are being made. Plans are being reviewed, action items completed, presents wrapped and perhaps shipped to places far from Franklin to arrive in time.
There'll be places to go, people to see: performances of the Nutcracker (Dec 15 and 16 at the Patti Eisenhauer Dance Center); Midsummer Night's Dream (Dec 19 and 20 at Franklin High School)... A Christmas Carol at the United Methodist Church this Thursday, Dec 13.
In your travels around Franklin, consider dropping off a contribution of food or non-food items, to the Food Elves and the Franklin Downtown Partnership for their 12 Days of Donating drive. The people of Franklin receive the real benefits of such collaboration!
Donation bins are available at these participating businesses:
Day 11 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-11.html
Day 10 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-10.html
Day 9 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-9.html
Day 8 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-8.html
Day 7 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-7.html
Day 6 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-6.html
Day 5 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-5.html
Day 4 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-4.html
Day 3 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-3.html
Day 2 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-2.html
Day 1 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/11/12-days-of-donating-day-1.html
Monday, December 10, 2012
Original text can be found here
Sunday, December 09, 2012
1 cup raw rice
1 bunch fresh broccoli or 2 x 10 oz packages of frozen broccoli crowns
1 stick of margarine
2 stalks of celery, chopped
1 can cream of chicken soup
3/4 can (use soup can) of milk
5 slices of American cheese
Ritz cracker crumbs
1 medium onion, chopped
Boil rice and broccoli. Saute onion and celery in margarine. Mix with cooked rice and broccoli.
Place in buttered casserole. Add soup and milk. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with cheese and cracker crumbs. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees F.
The before baking photo
|Chicken, broccoli and rice casserole before baking|
I used 2-3 tablespoons of margarine and then added some olive oil to saute the onions and celery. I made sure the celery started to get soft and didn't let the onions caramelize.
The frozen broccoli was allowed to thaw but was added without being cooked first. Baking in the oven for the hour is enough to cook the broccoli and still leave it firm If it is pre-cooked, the broccoli comes out as mush. For those who like it that way, go ahead. For those who like their broccoli a little firm, try it this way.
Adding the chicken which is already cooked doesn't change the cooking time.
The seasonings can be adjusted also. If your tastes allow for more than salt and pepper, go for it. Mrs Dash has some nice combinations that when used sparingly add a nice taste to the casserole.
The after baking photo
|Chicken, broccoli and rice casserole after baking|
Friday, December 07, 2012
|military uniforms on display at Franklin Historical Museum|
At the Franklin Historical Museum, there is a military uniform display that is open through December. One of the items (not pictured here) is a shirt worn at Pearl Harbor on the day of the attack.
For those in the Franklin area, if you haven't had a chance to stop by to see the Museum, there are lots of treasures like this on display. It is worth a visit especially as it is free admission!
For more info on Pearl Harbor, this wikipedia page can get you started
For more info on the Franklin Historical Museum, you can visit their web page
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
The cap codes for the beer this time around:
- E for Evil Santa
- G for the Gingerbread Stout
- W for the Winter Warmer
- O for the Old Time Winter
- 'blank' cap codes will be for the Hearty Christmas Ales
In the back room at Deja Brew, there are lots of containers with beer fermenting
For other posts on my trips to Deja Brew, check here
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
It is the little things that matter
Having spent a good deal of time managing projects, I do pay attention to details. So when it was my birthday recently, and the doodle on the Google home page recognized my birthday, I was still impressed.
|personalized Google Doodle|
Yes, I know how they did it. It is easy but it takes planning and execution to make it happen
And they did!
It made my day.
Use your Google+ account regularly and see what happens on your birthday!
Monday, December 03, 2012
The tree along the edge of the DelCarte Property in Franklin casts its reflection on the water.
Does the reflection mimic the root system?
Something to ponder.
I had a good long run yesterday. Wanted to do at least 5.9 miles and ended up with 6.8. More the merrier especially as it was a sort of photo run. I did pause here and there to take a photo or two, like this one.
No running today, I only do that three days a week now. The schedule works for me. Running keeps me physically healthy. Writing keeps me mentally healthy. Work provides the where with all to allow this all to happen.
How do you approach your day?
Sunday, December 02, 2012
I have learned about dealing with loss (here and here) and have worked through some challenging times with the Food Pantry. I have continued to share here and elsewhere. And laughter has definitely helped to carry me through the day.
So what is my birthday wish?
I don't expect you to follow my three word goals. It would be better for you to determine your own. You will should them. They should matter to you and those who surround you!
If you recall the lessons of Maslow's Hierarchy, food is right there on the bottom of the pyramid. It is a key building block to self actualization. I would like you to contribute in some way to your local food pantry. Spend some time volunteering, contribute financially, or at least find out about what they are doing, how they are doing, and help to spread the word about their good work.
I support the Franklin Food Pantry because Franklin matters to me. Help me enjoy my birthday by doing something for your local food pantry!
FYI - You can find a local food bank here http://feedingamerica.org/foodbank-results.aspx
or a local food pantry here http://www.ampleharvest.org/find-pantry.php
You can donate to the Franklin Food Pantry here http://www.franklinfoodpantry.org/
Photo from the Turkey Trot Family Fun Run 5K held in Franklin on Thanksgiving to help the Franklin Food Pantry. http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/11/turkey-trot-family-5k-fun-run-photo.html
Saturday, December 01, 2012
Additional information will be forthcoming as the event planning committee confirms all details.
It was unfortunate that I could not make the 2012 event due to a death in the family. I hope 2013 will be a much better year!
Friday, November 30, 2012
It was a fun evening!
More about the evening can be found on Franklin Matters here and here
Thursday, November 29, 2012
or a bolt lost its nut
the sign now hangs giving a message
that is difficult to read
will it be more likely to catch someones attention hanging this way?
will it be more likely to be ignore hanging this way?
what would it take to fix the sign?
how long will it take to fix the sign?
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Thanks to Patti Digh for sharing this!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Perspectives matter. What do you see? Do you see further?
Do you see hazards?
Do you see the potential?
Monday, November 26, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
The Feed the Need Turkey Trot 5K race/walk drew over 300 participants who combined to fill the Franklin Food Pantry van with goods
and raise over $5,000 to help our neighbors!
This is a great start to Thanksgiving! I have so much to be grateful for. I wish you and your family all the best!
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Another frosty morning here in Franklin, MA.
The mailbox is coated. The car windshields are coated. Drivers please take a few minutes to clear all your windows before heading out on the road.
You'll appreciate the visibility you get with all your windows clear.
Monday, November 19, 2012
The variety of leaf colors in New England is legendary. This fall is no exception. Color surrounds us. Most trees seem to have dropped their load aided by Hurricane Sandy but some still hold on.
Running around Franklin Sunday morning found this stretch of trees dropping their leaves as the wind blew.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Back in the house, I am coffeed and warm. It was a cool morning with 27 degrees Fahrenheit recorded on the back deck before going running. I put on my tights for the first time to run this season and certainly not the last.
As the sun rose, the shadows moved and the frosted grass turned green.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
I haven't done a "Five for Friday" in a bit so here we go:
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Yes, that could be taken as an update on the legendary "location, location, location". You do need to keep your network aware of what you are doing. You need to be aware of what is happening within your network. I have heard it said that "it is how you know". I have also heard it said that "it is what you know." I think it is more of a combination of those two: who knows what you know and can do!
How do you keep your network informed? Publish updates, send emails, with technology opportunities today, there are so many possibilities. Do what you are comfortable with and works for you.
How do you keep informed of what's happening in your network? Likewise, there are any number of tools available to use. One tried and true method is simply presence. Go where your network is. See and be seen!
I will be at the Franklin Downtown Partnership networking event this evening, if we haven't already meet, please be sure to say hi. If we have, let's catch up on what's been happening since we last met!
"Thursday, November 15th - Starting at 5:00 but come anytime...before 8:00 and we will be there.The event will be at Six One Seven Studios'state of the art film studio located at 25 Kenwood Circle in Franklin"Additional info can be found on the Downtown Partnership page
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
@shersteve Happy 6th TwBirthday! You've been around since 14 November 2006! twbirthday.com/shersteve/
— TwBirthday (@TwBirthday) November 14, 2012
If you'd like to follow me on Twitter you can find me here
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The grains are draining in this photo. We had the pleasure of doing the Winter Jubilee Barley Wine
|Winter Jubilee Barley Wine||A nice, smooth easy to drink year round Barley Wine|
|Oatmeal Stout||A thick, velvety stout. Wilfred Brimley would be proud|
|Evil Santa's Ale||High in alcohol and hoppiness! A new type of hop for us|
|Hearty Christmas Ale||A hearty Ale, spicy, flavorful and inviting!|
|Hearty Christmas Ale||A hearty Ale, spicy, flavorful and inviting!|
|Old Man Winter Ale||A very nice winter warmer. Malty and high in alcohol!|
Only one new beer in this mix. The Oatmeal Stout. The others are tried and true favorites!
Friday, November 09, 2012
And in many cases, that is oh so true. Snow via the nor'easter on Wednesday, windy rain Thursday AM, sunshine forecasted for Friday with a rise in temperatures to 60 by Sunday and maybe 70 for Monday.
The snow will have melted and we might be able to enjoy the deck in our shirt sleeves!
Fasten your seat belts, this will be a roller coaster ride!
Thursday, November 08, 2012
I gave the driveway two passes, once when I got home and then again before going to bed. It was good that I did the later as this morning, it was so much easier to just take off the dusting that did fall or drift around overnight and then tackle the end of the driveway. The plows had come by sometime after I shoveled last night and left their usual pile at the end of the driveway.
I'd rather have snow than a hurricane!
For the record, we did end up with about 3" or so.
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
I hope that all the winning candidates will now get to business of creating a dialog with their second most important segment. Of course, the most important segment of their audience is their voters. The second most important is their fellow legislators, whatever the role as representatives, senators, etc.
Together you will have the opportunity to govern as you promised. Governing you will find, if you haven't already, requires compromise. Compromise is not a bad thing. Together you can discuss how to reach a common ground so that we all can walk forward together.
Your success in finding that common ground will determine our overall success!
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
You can get your copy of this ebook through this link
Phil is my birthday buddy
Taking the blog off the blog:
Monday, November 05, 2012
Friday, November 02, 2012
Thursday, November 01, 2012
While the news is focusing on what has happened to the US, we should not forget that this all started in the Caribbean. Haiti, hard hit in prior years, was hit hard again by this storm. And they weren't alone!
Wikipedia has a good overall recap of the full path of the storm and effects
What can we take away from this?
Do what you can in your own way to help your neighbors.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Sandy has left destruction and rebuilding opportunities galore in New York, New Jersey and other areas. Having lived in NJ and worked in the lower Manhattan financial district, viewing the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy hits hard. I wish those affected all the best!
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers go to those for whom the storm remains a problem.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
On my 'reporting by walking around' Franklin, I carry my camera and find photo opportunities. Some photos I use right away, some are filed away for use when I need either inspiration or an example of something I already found to help make the point.
Yes, 'reporting by walking around' is a take off on the 'managing by walking around' business concept that has had some legs because it works. It becomes harder to do today physically only because less of us are really all working in the same space. Some of my team at work are not in the same building so touching base with them can't be done by walking around. Technology steps in to help. I can still reach out to talk, chat, email etc with them every day.
Walking helps me keep in touch with what is going on around Franklin. I make time for that on the weekend. With my work schedule and shrinking daylight hours, the weekend is the only practical time for this. Networking can be done on a 7 x 24 x 365 basis. What used to be done only in person can now be done almost anytime, anywhere via technology. Chat, hangouts, email, LinkedIn... the choice of tools is almost growing daily.
Do you make time to walk around?
Do you make time to network?
Friday, October 26, 2012
Did you put it in your newsletter, did you put it on the sign outside the building?
Did you avoid conflict with other events on that date/time?
Did you share the information in a compelling manner?
Did you use a Facebook event?
Did you alert the local media to the event?
Did you invite the local media?
Did you provide an incentive like free food and drinks?
Anything else we should add to this listing?
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
At an event like this it is hard to not wear both hats; that of Franklin Matters and that of the Food Pantry. There were several conversations to share the information about the Food Pantry. These kinds of networking opportunities can be priceless. It is the little things when shared that allow for good to come together.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
With your help, the Franklin Food Pantry has an opportunity to do more. Given the numbers here, we may not be serving all of these children. There may be several reasons why. So you can help in two ways:
1 - If you know of a family that is being challenged to provide sustaining meals, let them know that the Food Pantry is available to help them. Awareness of the Pantry and its operation is a good first step to serving all that we should.
2 - You can contribute food and non-food items, volunteer your time, or make a financial contribution to help the Pantry serve your neighbors.
For additional information on the Franklin Food Pantry, you can visit their webpage
Note: I am working on the Board of Directors because Franklin matters very much to me.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Create a barrier that is not easy to cross!
This is just one of several examples from downtown Newark, NJ where the pedestrian is guided to use and stay within the crosswalk. No 'desire line' to be made in this case.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Newark is architecturally rich. I think as much as any other city that has been around since the early days in America. The variety and mix of new and old buildings. Buildings re-purposed as times have changed.
Boyden perfected the process for making patent leather, created malleable iron, invented a nail-making machine, and built his own steamboat. He is also credited with having invented a cut off switch for steam engines and a method for producing zinc from ore. At the time of his death, he told friends that he had, even at that time, enough experiments on hand to last two whole lifetime.A prolific inventor who apparently was instrumental in the early business life of Newark. Newark will need more Boyden's today. They may be already toiling away doing good stuff. We just haven't heard of them yet. Time to explore!
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Terrance Hayes read several poems wrapping them with what we needed to know before hand in either a short explanation or a longer one. There was an intensity in his work that came through clearly.
Fanny Howe followed Terrance. She admitted being still moved by his works. Maybe that was what held her back. It was my first real exposure to her extended reading. I had heard her during the sampler on Thursday evening. So disappointed with her reading that I immediately wrote and tweeted this:
sherku: Fanny Howe
she readsThomas Lux and Jane Hirshfield read from their works restoring the evening to credible readings. Then the evening closed with a performance by Kurtis Lamkin.
on and on
no break, no pause
only she knows
Kurtis opened with "jump mama". The third time I heard this during this Festival and it is rich each time. He then was accompanied by a tip dance virtuoso; Maurice Chestnut
Maurice added percussion with his feet to create some memorable performances. You can view a sample of Maurice's work accompanying a jazz band at Lincoln Center
Without the space between each tap, without the timing/ the rhythm, this would be noise. Without the pause between poems, Fanny created only sounds of words. You can find those anywhere.
Friday, October 12, 2012
The first poem from the first session on this first day was "jump mama" by Kurtis Lamkin. I could have left after that. I could have left and been satisfied. But there is so much more. Oh, so much more. I stayed and am having a great time.
Taylor Mail Dorianne Laux had joined Kurtis Lamkin for the opening session. Taylor is reading while everyone else listens.
In this video, Taylor performs "Undivided Attention". While this version was recorded in 2007, Taylor performed this during his turn in the 'poetry sampler' on Thursday evening. Each of the about 50 poets read one or two of their poems to provide a sample of what we can hear more of as the event continues.
Note: jump mama had been posted earlier and if you missed it, you can view it here
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Monday, October 08, 2012
I couldn't find the recipe I have used before so I trusted to memory and put together
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons of butter
Mixed and heated the ingredients in a small sauce pan until just before boiling. Poured the liquid over the apples, baked at 350 for an hour or until soft.
Serve warm with ice cream, or just as is.
Nothing like warm apples in the fall!
Note: if I find my 'original' recipe, I'll add it here.
Thursday, October 04, 2012
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
If only the same effects would occur on the parts or replacement components market!
For example, it was only two years ago that our prior microwave died and we obtained this new one.
After it worked fine on Monday morning, we can home in the evening to find the panel display not showing the normal time but a mysterious "SE" code. It sounded ominous and indeed was. The call for service confirmed that the likely fix for the error would be to replace the keypad assembly at a cost of about $250, installed. Really?
Yes, really. We did indeed buy the unit two years ago for about that same amount and later on Tuesday actually bought one for less than that amount.
The new unit will be installed later this week. Hopefully, it will last longer than the two years that this one did.