Diva Musing: Habits of Successful Students…

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For my Divas who just started back to school and those who may be going back from a long time off, I thought I’d post a little thoughtful tips on successful students.  Homogenize it and make it your own.  Wishing you all a successful school year….Namaste, The Queen Cronista

10 HABITS OF SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS

Get Organized. Making a plan for what you’re going to do and when you’re going to do it will make sure you’re always ahead of the curve – literally. 

Don’t multitask. Studies have shown that multitasking is physically impossible. 

Divide it up. Studying isn’t fun to begin with, and forcing yourself through a study marathon will only make it worse. Dividing your work into manageable chunks and rewarding yourself when you finish each chunk will make studying (more) fun.

Sleep. Don’t underestimate the importance of those eight hours of zzz’s every night! Getting a good night’s rest will sharpen your focus and improve your working memory.

Set a schedule. Do you work better right after school or after you’ve eaten dinner? Are you more productive in 90-minute blocks or half-hour spurts? Find a schedule that works for you, and stick to it. 

Take notes. Taking notes will not only keep you more engaged during class, but will also help you narrow down what you need to study when exam time rolls around. It’s much easier to reread your notes than to reread your entire textbook!

Study. This one might be obvious, but did you know that there’s a right and a wrong way to study? Review your material several days ahead of time, in small chunks, and in different manners (for example, write flashcards one day and take practice tests the next). In other words, don’t cram. 

Manage your study space. Find a place that will maximize your productivity. Look for places away from the television and other distractions. Whether it’s your local library or just the desk in your bedroom, set aside a study space that you’ll want to spend time in. 

Find a study group. Sitting down with a group of people who are learning the same things as you is a great way to go over confusing class material or prepare for a big test. You can quiz each other, reteach material, and make sure that everyone is on the same page. After all, teaching someone else is the best way to learn. 

Ask questions. You’re in school to learn, so don’t be afraid to do just that! Asking for help – from a teacher, a tutor or your friends – is a surefire way to make sure you truly understand the material. 

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Diva Tasting: Nacho Beef Skillet…

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Cheesy Nacho Beef Skillet

Ingredients

2 Lb Lean (at Least 80%) Ground Beef

1 Pouch (8 Oz) Mexican Rice

2 Cans (10 Oz Each) Diced Tomatoes With Green Chiles

1 Cup Sour Cream

2 Packages (1 Oz) Taco Seasoning Mix

1 Roasted Red Bell Pepper (from A Jar), Chopped

1/2 Cup Water

2 Cups Shredded Mexican Cheese Blend (6 Oz)

1 Sm Bag Corn Chips

In 10-inch skillet, cook 1 lb lean ground beef over medium-high heat until thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently; drain.
Meanwhile, microwave 1 pouch (8 oz) Mexican rice as directed on pouch.
To skillet with cooked beef, add 2 cans (10 oz each) diced tomatoes with green chiles, 1 package (1 oz) taco seasoning mix, 1 roasted red bell pepper (from a jar), chopped, and 1/2 cup water, Sour Cream; mix well.
Stir in cooked Mexican rice. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes.

Stir in 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend until melted, add the small bag of corn chips and fold into beef and cheese mixture. Sprinkle remaining cup of cheese over top. Serve immediately

Diva Musing: Dream a Little Dream…..

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I have agreed with Nikola Tesla’s quote below for years.  More and more research is being done in this area.  Einstein is often quoted with similar thoughts.  It is said Einstein discovered the theory of relativity while daydreaming and looking out the window of a moving train. Happy Dreaming, my Divas.

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Scientists Demonstrate Remarkable Evidence Of Dream Telepathy Between People

The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” – Nikola Tesla

A wealth of anecdotal and clinical material exist which supports the possibility of telepathic effects occurring in dreams (Krippner, 1974). However, an experimental approach to the topic did not become possible until psycho-physiological laboratory technology became available. It was discovered that sleeping research participants awakened from periods of rapid eye movement (REM) activity were frequently able to recall dream episodes. As a result, it was possible to request a “telepathic receiver” to attempt dreaming about a target stimulus that was being focused on in a distant location from a telepathic sender.” (source)

Experiments and Results

In the mid 1960’s, Montague Ullman, MD, began a number of experiments at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York to test the hypothesis that sleeping people could dream about randomly selected material that they were targeting to dream about. In other words, they could choose what they wanted to dream about, some examples include artwork, movies, photographs and more. Shortly after these experiments began, she was joined by Stanley Krippner. Krippner is a PhD., and professor of psychology at Saybrook University, he has a very impressive background when it comes to the scientific study of dreams, psychology and parapsychology.

The experiments they conducted lasted a span of more than 10 years, and “yielded statistically significant results.”

During the experiments, there was usually a “telepathic sender” and a “telepathic receiver.” They met in the laboratory for a short period of time before being placed in completely separate rooms just before they went to sleep. The “telepathic” sender had an envelope waiting for them in the room in which they’d sleep. The envelope would contain something like a picture or a drawing. The “receivers” were then purposely awakened shortly after Rapid Eye Movement sleep (REM) and the researchers took a dream report.

A Very Significant Session

One very memorable and significant session of dream telepathy experimentation took place where the selected art print was “School of Dance” by Degas, which depicted a dance class of several young women. According to Krippner, the “receivers” dream reports included such phrases as “I was in a class made up of maybe half a dozen people, it felt like a school,” and “There was one little girl that was trying to dance with me.” These results are extremely fascinating, the idea that one can influence another’s dream is quite remarkable. Although we might not understand the process behind the transfer of information, and we can’t see this transfer take place from mind to mind, the phenomenon was well documented and real, yet void of any scientific understanding or explanation. This is quite common when we examine scientific studies that have evaluated parapsychological phenomena. It’s real, observed, yet we don’t quite understand ‘how.’

Another significant session conducted by Krippner and Ullman took place on March 15th 1970. In this session, a large group of people at a Holy Modal Rounders rock concert were selected as the “telepathic senders.” A local media artist by the name of Jean Millay took responsibility to ready the “telepathic senders” for “target preparation.” She did this with help from the Lidd Light Company, a group of artists that were responsible for the light show at the concert. Millay gave the audience a brief verbal set of directions before the image was flashed on the large screen that the “telepathic” senders were looking at. Six slide projectors were used to project a color film about eagles and their nesting habits as well as information about various birds from around the world, including information about the mythological Phoenix. This all happened at the same time Holy Modal Rounders were playing their song, “If you want to be a bird.”

There were five volunteer “telepathic receivers” for this experiment, and they were all located within a one hundred mile radius from the “telepathic senders.” All of the receivers were aware of the concert location and were told to record their images at midnight because that was when the material to be sent by the senders would be exposed to them.

 “One “telepathic receiver,” Helen Andrews, had the impression of “something mythological, like a griffin or a phoenix.” The second, third and fourth research participants reported images of “a snake,” “grapes,” and “an embryo in flames.” The fifth participant was Richie Havens, the celebrated American singer and recording artist, who reported closing his eyes at midnight and visualizing “a number of seagulls flying over water.” Both Mr. Havens and Ms. Andrews reports represented direct correspondences with the target material.”(source)

More remarkable results were seen when the rock group “Grateful Dead” also volunteered to participate in a dream telepathy session over a span of six nights. You can read more about that (and other results) hereThese results were actually published by the American Psychological Association (1)

These are usually the instructions given to the subjects that participate in these experiments.

  1. You are about to participate in an ESP experiment.

  2. In a few seconds you will see a picture.

  3. Try using your ESP to “send” this picture to the receiver.

  4. The receiver will try to dream about this picture. Try to “Send” it to them.

  5. Then, receivers will be made aware of the senders location

Possible Explanations?

Quantum physics has shed light on the vast interconnectedness of everything in the universe. One possible explanation is quantum entanglement.  For example, two electrons that are created together, if you send one to the other side of the universe, the other will respond instantly, distance doesn’t matter. This is one way of interpreting how everything is really connected in some way. Einstein called it “spooky actions at a distance.”  For a great visual demonstration of this,watch 

The truth of the matter is that there is no explanation and scientists are unable to give an explanation. They were only able to observe what was taking place, which again,  is very common for parapsychological phenomenon.

At the same time, these experiments involve dreams, a completely different and altered state of “reality” that we really don’t know much about. It’s a world separate (or at least we think) from the world in which we are “awake.” Although the world we perceive when we are awake could just be a dream. We could go on and on with these questions, and continue contemplating forever.

Parasychological Phenomenon Has Been Proven and Documented All Over The World

Parapsychological (PSI) phenomena, and studies examining the role of consciousness and its influence on our physical material world has been studied, documented, observed and proven (over and over again) by a number of renowned scientists in a number of laboratories all over the world. The Department of Defense has had a huge interest in it (and have studied it) for a number of years, yet the scientific study of it is concealed from the public and left out of universities and mainstream science, which is not fair, and not right. It’s not like we don’t have this information, some of this documentation and these publications are available in the public domain. CE has covered these in depth, and the link below will take you where you want to go, to an article that is well sourced with lots of information. There are more examples on our website, so if this sparks your interest feel free to browse through it and look for more!

source bookofresearch

Diva Tasting: Caprese Burgers and Jicama Fries…

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Caprese Burger ##

Ingredients Serves 4

  • 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar

  • 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • Salt And Pepper To Taste

  • 4 Thick Slices Tomato

  • 2 Pounds Lean Ground Beef

  • 1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste

  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Basil

  • 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced

  • 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper

  • 4 Ounces Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Sliced

  • 4 Whole Grain Artisan Buns, Split

Directions

  1. Whisk the balsamic vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Pour over tomato slices to marinate.

  2. Preheat a grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil the grate.

  3. Mix ground beef, tomato paste, basil, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Form beef mixture into 4 equal patties.

  4. Cook on the preheated grill until the burgers are cooked to your desired degree of doneness, about 5 minutes per side for well done. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 160 degrees. Top each burger with mozzarella cheese; allow to melt. Serve on grilled artisan buns with marinated tomato slices.

  5. Serve with jicama fries and potato salad.

CARB FREE FRIES- Jicama

serves 2

Ingredients:

1 Large Jicama, Sliced Into Fries
1 Tablespoon Avocado Oil
Smoked Paprika, To Taste
Salt And Freshly Ground Pepper, To Taste
Garlic Powder, To Taste

Optional For Serving: Salad Or Assorted Vegetables Of Choice.

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 400°F and line 1-2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Place the sliced jicama in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook for 6-8 minutes, until the jicama is not as crunchy. Drain well.

2.) Toss the fries with the avocado oil and seasonings. Lay out on the baking sheets in a single layer and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until crispy and golden brown. The pans may been to be rotated every so often to prevent burning.

Diva Musing: Food for Thought or Dreaming Should I Say?

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I couldn’t agree more with Tesla.  It is refreshing to know that even stodgy scientists are now finally realizing the unlimited potential of our Universe and Creator…Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Scientists Demonstrate Remarkable Evidence Of Dream Telepathy Between People

The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” – Nikola Tesla

A wealth of anecdotal and clinical material exist which supports the possibility of telepathic effects occurring in dreams (Krippner, 1974). However, an experimental approach to the topic did not become possible until psycho-physiological laboratory technology became available. It was discovered that sleeping research participants awakened from periods of rapid eye movement (REM) activity were frequently able to recall dream episodes. As a result, it was possible to request a “telepathic receiver” to attempt dreaming about a target stimulus that was being focused on in a distant location from a telepathic sender.” (source)

Experiments and Results

In the mid 1960’s, Montague Ullman, MD, began a number of experiments at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York to test the hypothesis that sleeping people could dream about randomly selected material that they were targeting to dream about. In other words, they could choose what they wanted to dream about, some examples include artwork, movies, photographs and more. Shortly after these experiments began, she was joined by Stanley Krippner. Krippner is a PhD., and professor of psychology at Saybrook University, he has a very impressive background when it comes to the scientific study of dreams, psychology and parapsychology.

The experiments they conducted lasted a span of more than 10 years, and “yielded statistically significant results.”

During the experiments, there was usually a “telepathic sender” and a “telepathic receiver.” They met in the laboratory for a short period of time before being placed in completely separate rooms just before they went to sleep. The “telepathic” sender had an envelope waiting for them in the room in which they’d sleep. The envelope would contain something like a picture or a drawing. The “receivers” were then purposely awakened shortly after Rapid Eye Movement sleep (REM) and the researchers took a dream report.

A Very Significant Session

One very memorable and significant session of dream telepathy experimentation took place where the selected art print was “School of Dance” by Degas, which depicted a dance class of several young women. According to Krippner, the “receivers” dream reports included such phrases as “I was in a class made up of maybe half a dozen people, it felt like a school,” and “There was one little girl that was trying to dance with me.” These results are extremely fascinating, the idea that one can influence another’s dream is quite remarkable. Although we might not understand the process behind the transfer of information, and we can’t see this transfer take place from mind to mind, the phenomenon was well documented and real, yet void of any scientific understanding or explanation. This is quite common when we examine scientific studies that have evaluated parapsychological phenomena. It’s real, observed, yet we don’t quite understand ‘how.’

Another significant session conducted by Krippner and Ullman took place on March 15th 1970. In this session, a large group of people at a Holy Modal Rounders rock concert were selected as the “telepathic senders.” A local media artist by the name of Jean Millay took responsibility to ready the “telepathic senders” for “target preparation.” She did this with help from the Lidd Light Company, a group of artists that were responsible for the light show at the concert. Millay gave the audience a brief verbal set of directions before the image was flashed on the large screen that the “telepathic” senders were looking at. Six slide projectors were used to project a color film about eagles and their nesting habits as well as information about various birds from around the world, including information about the mythological Phoenix. This all happened at the same time Holy Modal Rounders were playing their song, “If you want to be a bird.”

There were five volunteer “telepathic receivers” for this experiment, and they were all located within a one hundred mile radius from the “telepathic senders.” All of the receivers were aware of the concert location and were told to record their images at midnight because that was when the material to be sent by the senders would be exposed to them.

 “One “telepathic receiver,” Helen Andrews, had the impression of “something mythological, like a griffin or a phoenix.” The second, third and fourth research participants reported images of “a snake,” “grapes,” and “an embryo in flames.” The fifth participant was Richie Havens, the celebrated American singer and recording artist, who reported closing his eyes at midnight and visualizing “a number of seagulls flying over water.” Both Mr. Havens and Ms. Andrews reports represented direct correspondences with the target material.”(source)

More remarkable results were seen when the rock group “Grateful Dead” also volunteered to participate in a dream telepathy session over a span of six nights. You can read more about that (and other results) hereThese results were actually published by the American Psychological Association (1)

These are usually the instructions given to the subjects that participate in these experiments.

  1. You are about to participate in an ESP experiment.

  2. In a few seconds you will see a picture.

  3. Try using your ESP to “send” this picture to the receiver.

  4. The receiver will try to dream about this picture. Try to “Send” it to them.

  5. Then, receivers will be made aware of the senders location

Possible Explanations?

Quantum physics has shed light on the vast interconnectedness of everything in the universe. One possible explanation is quantum entanglement.  For example, two electrons that are created together, if you send one to the other side of the universe, the other will respond instantly, distance doesn’t matter. This is one way of interpreting how everything is really connected in some way. Einstein called it “spooky actions at a distance.”  For a great visual demonstration of this,watch 

The truth of the matter is that there is no explanation and scientists are unable to give an explanation. They were only able to observe what was taking place, which again,  is very common for parapsychological phenomenon.

At the same time, these experiments involve dreams, a completely different and altered state of “reality” that we really don’t know much about. It’s a world separate (or at least we think) from the world in which we are “awake.” Although the world we perceive when we are awake could just be a dream. We could go on and on with these questions, and continue contemplating forever.

Parasychological Phenomenon Has Been Proven and Documented All Over The World

Parapsychological (PSI) phenomena, and studies examining the role of consciousness and its influence on our physical material world has been studied, documented, observed and proven (over and over again) by a number of renowned scientists in a number of laboratories all over the world. The Department of Defense has had a huge interest in it (and have studied it) for a number of years, yet the scientific study of it is concealed from the public and left out of universities and mainstream science, which is not fair, and not right. It’s not like we don’t have this information, some of this documentation and these publications are available in the public domain. CE has covered these in depth, and the link below will take you where you want to go, to an article that is well sourced with lots of information. There are more examples on our website, so if this sparks your interest feel free to browse through it and look for more!

source bookofresearch

Diva Tasting: Grilled Halibut with Cheesy Potato Cakes…

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Grilled Halibut with Spinach and Tomatoes##

Ingredients

  • 4 (4 ounce) halibut filet
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 garlic clove minced, or to taste
  • 2 cups roughly chopped spinach, or to taste
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 4 tablespoon olive oil, or to taste
  • 4 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, or to taste
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese, cut into cubes

Directions

  1. Preheat grill for medium-high heat.
  2. Place fish on a piece of aluminum foil and season with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Top fish with spinach, tomato, and onion; season again with salt and black pepper. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over cod and top with mozzarella cheese. Fold foil over cod creating a packet, crimping the edges together making a seal.
  3. Cook on the preheated grill until fish flakes easily with a fork, 7 to 10 minutes.
  4. Serve with rice pilaf and garlic bread.

CHEESY POTATO CAKES

2 C. Frozen Shredded Hash Browns, Thawed…
3 T. Finely Chopped Onion
1 Large Egg, Beaten…
1/2 Tsp. Garlic Powder
1/4 Tsp. Pepper
Pinch Of Salt
1/3 C. Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1/4 C. All Purpose Flour
1/4 C. Panko
1/4 C. Oil For Frying

In a bowl, combine the hash browns, onion, egg, seasonings, cheese, flour and Panko. Heat the oil in a 10-12″ skillet over med. high heat. Drop the potatoes by spoonful’s into the hot oil, reduce the heat to medium and fry for 3-4 minutes per side. Drain on a paper towel lined plate.

Diva Ranting: Modern Manners….

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I’ve been force feeding you from Emily Post for a couple of days now.  I long for the good manners of days gone by.  However, I found this little tidbit in Forbes to help us with more up to date issues…Namaste,  the Queen Cronista…

27 Etiquette Rules For Our Times

CONTRIBUTOR

I write about what success looks like today for Forbes

Rob Asghar 

It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct,” Sigmund Freud said.

There’s always a tension between how much we should follow our instincts and how much we should yield to social conventions. But at times like ours, the tendency is to tilt too far toward our instincts, since the conventions are changing fast and there’s no consensus about them anyway. There’s a risk in that. You don’t know whom you might be offending or how you might be sabotaging your own success.

The original etiquette manuals of Western civilization were in fact success manuals. As author Steven Pinker notes, they taught knights and nobles how to conduct themselves in the court of the king—which is where we get the concepts of “courtly” and “courtesy.”

[See this related post for more on the history of manners, including Pinker’s provocative suggestion that the rise of manners at the dinner table helped bring about a steep decline in violence on the streets

I asked some tasteful and civilized friends and colleagues what an updated manual for today would look like. Here are 27 rules to help you, whether at an office lunch, the company gym or the birthday party of your child’s schoolmate.

You’ll notice a common denominator in all of them: Think about other people’s feelings first because it’s not all about maximizing your personal convenience.

1. Texting “Hey, I’m running 20 minutes late” is not as acceptable as making the effort to be on time.

2. If you can’t attend an event that you’re formally invited to, don’t think that not RSVPing is the same as declining. And don’t RSVP at the last minute for an event that involves real planning by the host.

3. Show some decency around the office refrigerator: If you didn’t put the food in, don’t eat it. And take your leftovers home or throw them out before they morph into some radioactive nightmare.

4. Don’t bellow on your cell phone. Just because you can’t hear the other person well doesn’t mean the other person can’t hear you well.

5. Turn off the phone at a dinner party, and be in the moment. You’re annoying at least one person who thinks you have no social skills. At bare minimum, turn off the ringer so you can text and conspire in relative stealth.

6. Remember that if you feel a need to respond immediately to every incoming text, you’ll lose more in the eyes of the person who’s in front of you than you’ll gain from the unseen people who are benefiting from your efficiency.

7. When you get to the front of the line at Starbucks SBUX +0.17%, don’t tell the barista to wait while you wrap up your phone discussion. The barista hates you, and so does everyone behind you. They are hoping the barista spits in your latte.

8. If you come late to an exercise class, don’t think you’re entitled to barge your way to your favorite spot in the front.  And don’t block others from weight racks or other equipment—just step back three feet and make everyone happy.

9. Keep personal conversations and arguments off social networking sites. The dramatic airing of grievances is best done through SMS .

10. Moderate your use of cameras and video at events. Enjoy your time with colleagues, friends and family in the present and preserve only a memento for the future, rather than recording the entire thing to “relive” later in some “free” time that you’ll never actually have.

11. Remember how easily e-gossip can be forwarded along to the wrong person.

12. Just because you’re wearing headphones doesn’t mean you can tune out from social courtesies. For example, if you accidentally cross someone’s personal space, apologize graciously.

13. Don’t lend someone a book or item unless they specifically ask for it. They’re probably too busy to ever get around to it. They’ll feel guilty about that, and you’ll be annoyed that they didn’t appreciate it or even get around to returning it.

14. Don’t RSVP for an event, then not show. Now you’re not just being rude, but you’re costing the host money, and you’ve probably kept a lonely soul from being invited as a backup.

15. Don’t be the first or second person to talk on your cell phone in a public space (like a bus or train). If everyone’s doing it, you’re allowed some slack here.

16. Don’t show up at a party empty-handed, unless you’ve been instructed to — and sometimes not even then. Bring wine or dessert or a plant.

17. Use your turn signal at least 50% more than you use your middle finger.

18. Don’t make your dietary requirements everyone else’s dilemma. As one friend reminds me, “People who can eat dairy don’t just keep coconut oil-based butter around.”

19. If your children are invited to a friend’s house to play, they (and you) should also feel invited to help with the cleanup.

20. Don’t break up with someone by text. And don’t announce a death in the family by text. There are still times when phones or face-to-face are the best way to go.

21. Don’t take photos for posting on the People of Walmart page.

22. Don’t discuss sensitive personal issues on Facebook, especially if you’ve friended coworkers.

23. Your dog is cute, but he or she doesn’t have a pass to go anywhere. “I’m a huge dog lover,” says one colleague, “but don’t assume it’s okay to bring along your dog to my house. I can barely stand what my own dogs do to my house … I also don’t like people who bring their animals to Petco. Seriously, do you think your dog likes to shop? It’s just you seeking attention. You probably don’t even need anything at Petco… you’re just there because you can bring your dog in, and you think it’s cool to bring a dog out in public. Dogs don’t shop. They would rather be sniffing the pee on that trashcan outside by the front door than walking on slippery retail flooring.”

24. Double-check that your headphones are plugged-in before streaming your favorite Spotify station.

25. Don’t say, “I’m having a party. Bring your own food and drink.” That’s not a party.

26. If you’ve been invited to an event, be reluctant to ask for an upper ceiling on how many friends and relatives you can bring.

27. And finally, all the classics still apply. One working mother offers a quick review here:

Chew with your mouth closed; don’t talk with food in your mouth; keep your elbows off of the table while eating; wash your hands after going to the restroom. My children know better—so why do I see adults exhibiting such poor behavior? If you bump into someone, say excuse me. Don’t reach across someone’s face. Don’t board a plane when they’re loading group A and you are in group D. Don’t stay behind the crosswalk when you are making a left turn and thus prevent anyone else behind you from turning. Don’t let your kids act like wild monkeys in a restaurant. Don’t touch someone’s belly when she’s pregnant–or even when she isn’t. Don’t leave cupboard doors and drawers open—someone can get hurt. And don’t pull up to the exit gate in a parking lot without your ticket handy.”

That may seem like a lot, and to some it may seem like an uptight way to live. But just remember the basic success principle underlying all manners: Think about other people’s feelings first because it’s still not all about you.

Diva Tasting: Super Star Beef Soup…

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Super Star Beef Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 Pounds Beef Shank, With Bone

  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil

  • 2 Teaspoons Salt

  • 2 Teaspoons Ground Black Pepper

  • 1 Onion, Chopped

  • 1 (14.5 Ounce) Can Diced Tomatoes

  • 3 Cups Beef Broth

  • 4 Cups Water

  • 2 Medium Carrot, Coarsely Chopped

  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro

  • 1 Potato, Quartered (optional)

  • 2 Chayotes, Quartered (optional)

  • 1 Medium Head Cabbage, Cored And Chunks

  • 1/4 Cup Sliced Pickled Jalapenos (optional)

  • 1/4 Cup Finely Chopped Onion

  • 1 Cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro

  • 2 Limes, Cut Into Wedges

Directions

  1. Cut the meat from the beef bones into about 1/2 inch pieces, leaving some on the bones.

  2. Heat a heavy soup pot over medium-high heat until very hot. Add the oil, tilting the pan to coat the bottom. Add the meat and bones, and season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir until thoroughly browned.

  3. Add 1 onion, and cook until onion is also lightly browned. Stir in the tomatoes and broth. The liquid should cover the bones by 1/2 inch. If not, add enough water to compensate. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 1 hour with the lid on loosely. If meat is not tender, continue cooking for another 10 minutes or so.

  4. Pour in the water, and return to a simmer. Add the carrot and 1/4 cup cilantro, and cook for 10 minutes, then stir in the potato and chayote. Simmer until vegetables are tender. Push the cabbage chunks into the soup, and cook for about 10 more minutes.

  5. Ladle soup into large bowls, including meat vegetables and bones. Garnish with jalapenos, minced onion, and additional cilantro. Squeeze lime juice over all.

Diva Musing: Our Youth…

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We hear complaints about our young people all of the time.  I stay in touch with the best and brightest that I’ve taught all the time.  This summer I was blessed to be part of a group that met every other week this summer to discuss life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; while allowing others to do the same.  Our satirical name was “Misanthrope Club.”

We’d talk about their classes, their thoughts on current events, hopes for the future and a plethora of other topics as they arose.  No fights, no drawing lines in the sand, no pooh-poohing the others comments….except humorously (as friends often do).

Venting with humor is a good release of tension. Try it.  Anyway, today I was blessed to receive poetry from a young friend who is becoming published often.  These poems were from her time spent helping a group called “Art in Prison”.  Very poignant stuff. That alone will give me food to philosophize on all evening.  

Get to know some of your local young people, if you don’t already.  They are brilliant, creative, humorous (a Queenly requirement), and just plain knowledgeable. If more were like these folks our future would feel secure.  It shows how good upbringing and rules can have a positive impact on all generations…yes, even these days.  I salute my Misanthrope Club and look forward to our next meeting of minds.  

Diva Tasting: Osso Buco and Angel Trifle..

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Ossobuco alla Mediterranean ##

Ingredients

  • 4 Lamb Shanks, Sliced For Ossobuco

  • 1 Dash All-Purpose Flour per shank

  • 1 Tablespoon Butter, Or To Taste

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil, Or To Taste

  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Onion

  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Carrot

  • 1/2 Cup White Wine

  • 1 Tablespoon Tomato Puree

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Smoky Paprika

  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Basil

  • Salt And Ground Black Pepper To Taste

  • 1 Cup Beef Stock

  •  GREMOLATA

  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley

  • 1/2 Lemon, Zested

Directions

  1. Slit the skin around the shanks in 2 or 3 places so that slices do not curl when cooked. Dust shanks with flour.

  2. Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and carrot; cook and stir until softened, about 5 minutes. Add shanks; cook until browned, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Pour in white wine and simmer until reduced, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir tomato puree, salt, pepper, paprika and basil into the skillet. Pour in beef stock gradually, stirring between each addition. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook, turning shanks occasionally, until tender, about 55 minutes.

  4. Mix parsley and lemon zest together in a small bowl. Stir into the skillet. Cook until flavors combine, about 5 minutes.

  5. Serve with Greek Salad and Rice Pilaf or Saffron Rice

Angel Trifle Treat

Ingredients

  • 1 (10 Inch) Angel Food Cake
  • 2 (8 Ounce) Packages Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 1 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 (8 Ounce) Container Frozen Whipped Topping, Thawed
  • 1 Quart Fresh Strawberries, Sliced
  • 1 (18 Ounce) Jar Strawberry Glaze

Directions

  1. Crumble a layer of the cake into the bottom of a Trifle Bowl
  2. Beat the cream cheese and sugar in a medium bowl until light and fluffy. Gently Fold in whipped topping. Mash the cake down with your hands and spread the cream cheese mixture over the first cake layer.
  3. In a bowl, combine strawberries and glaze until strawberries are evenly coated. Spread over cream cheese layer.
  4. Repeat the second layer as above and top with whipped topping. Chill until serving.