Diva Rambling:Perspectives….

This recent illness has been like a near death experience. It has caused me to look closer at the plight of the aging in our global universe.
I discovered that in my/your/our communities there are those each day who struggle to get out of bed and just breathe. Their needs are numerous. In the US we have alleged agencies to help but I’ve lived here 8 years and never knew of these services. So where is the money going if no one knows about the need and existence of such places? See if you can find these places, how are your tax dollars paying for the information to get out there? Is the money being directed to other than high paying executive jobs and not services? Get information placed at your public libraries, and all government agencies using tax dollars to exist. You may not have a lot of time but making your lawmakers and government agencies do their jobs is easy and our duty.
In my county here is what I found.
Senior Center Info
Cumberland Valley Area Development District
Senior Centers provides a broad range of group/individual activities and services to respond to the needs, interests of older adults and their families in its community.  Senior Centers serve as a “focal point” for all the programs available to older adults within a county.
Services Include:
Congregate Meals – A nutritious noonday hot meal that meets a minimum of one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA).
Home Delivered Meals – A meal delivered to a client’s home one hot or other appropriate meal that meets one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA).
Homemaker – Help for essential shopping, laundry, errands, and meal preparation.
Information and Assistance – Providing current information to a client or individual about available resources and linking them to appropriate community based services to meet their needs.
Outreach /Client Finding – To identify clients in needs of Senior Center services and encourage the use of existing services and benefits.
Transportation – Provide transportation from a person’s home to the doctor, drug store, Senior Center, shopping, etc.
Escort – Provide transportation accompanying and personally assisting a client to obtain a service.
Informational Sessions – Other agencies are invited to make presentations of interest to older adults i.e., Legal Assistance, Health Promotion, Nutrition Education, Ombudsman, and Benefits Counseling.
Social Events – Activities to encourage socialization, Bingo, Table Games, Recreation, Arts, Crafts, Pot Luck Dinners, etc.
Senior Center Locations in Cumberland Valley Area Development District:

Diva Rambling: Difference between English Muffin and Crumpets: 

I’ve often pondered this …so I pulled one school of thought for our clarification…
Difference between English Muffin and Crumpets: 
Homemade English muffins are one of those things we whip out whenever we want something extra special in the morning – a birthday brunch, in-laws are in town, you name it! One guest recently asked about the difference between crumpets and English muffins, and we were honestly stumped…with good reason, it turns out!
One thing that all the blogs, websites, and cookbooks seem to agree upon is that crumpets and English muffins are two different creatures. Where they all disagree is exactly how.
After all, crumpets and English muffins are both griddle cakes – meaning they were originally made on the stove top in a cast-iron griddle pan. They’re both round and generally biscuit-sized. They both have a spongy texture full of nooks and crannies for absorbing melted butter and other delicious toppings. They’re also both considered to be a breakfast, brunch, or tea food, but not the kind of bread you’d serve with dinner.
But then things start to get confusing:
Crumpets are always made with milk, but English muffins never do. (Though there are a few recipes that beg to differ.)
Crumpet batter is just that: a loose batter. English muffins are made from a more firm dough. (Sometimes.)
 Crumpets are made only using baking soda, where as English muffins are made with yeast or sourdough (and occasionally a little baking soda to help things along).
Crumpets are cooked only on one side, so the bottom is flat and toasted while the top is speckled with holes (delicious, butter-absorbing holes…). English muffins are more bread-like and are toasted on both sides. (This one is actually a definite!)
Crumpets are served whole with the jam and butter are spread right on top. English muffins are split before serving. (Unless you happen to like your crumpets split.)
As long as it serves as a vehicle for melted butter and jam, we’re pretty equal opportunity when it comes to breakfast baked goods! Call it a crumpet or an English muffin, we’ll give it a try either way.
What’s the Difference? Crumpets Versus English Muffins

Diva Musing: Holiday Middle East…

I pulled the first one I found for our Middle Eastern perspective. Enjoy….
Christmas in Pakistan 
In Pakistan, December 25th is a public holiday, but it is in memory of Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. Like in 
India, Christians make up a very small part of the population. But as Pakistan has a population over 162 million people, there are more than 5 millions Christians! Most Christians in Pakistan live the country and are quite poor.
At Christian festivals, like Christmas and Easter, a big procession takes place, in Lahore, from St. Anthony’s Church to the Cathedral. It takes hours to reach the Cathedral for the services. These are then celebrated with lots of enthusiasm! Before and during Advent, spiritual seminars take place to help people to prepare for Christmas or ‘Bara Din’ (which in Urdu and Punjabi means the ‘Big Day’). This expression is very popular, even among Muslims in Pakistan.
During the last week of Advent, in many Christian areas, carol singing is performed by various groups. They go from house to house singing carols and in return the family offers something to the choir. Mostly the money collected from such carols is used for charity works or is given to the church.
In the big Christian areas, each house is decorated and has a star on the roof. The streets are also decorated and lit. The crib and Christmas tree are also important decorations. Sometimes there are crib competitions! Christians also sometimes exchange Christmas cakes.
On Christmas Eve, Churches are packed for the midnight or vigil-mass services. The choirs sing very special hymns. After the vigil-mass, in some places, there are fireworks which help celebrate the start of Bara Din. People dance, exchange presents and enjoy the special night.
On Bara Din or Christmas Day, Christians go to Church again for the Bara Din celebrations. People wear their best, colorful clothes. They can stay in the Church courtyard for hours, enjoying various food from the different stalls. The evening is usually celebrated with immediate family or relatives where special food is enjoyed. Adults often visit their parents.
In Pakistan Santa Claus/Father Christmas is known as ‘Christmas Baba’.


Diva Rambling: Holiday Crazy….

As the madness of the holidays sets in I found this note to gently remind us to stay grounded in all the holiday insanity.  I can’t find my note on who wrote this but I thank them for this gentle reminder…Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Crazy People

If you think people are crazy, are you one of them? If you think you are not one of them, someone else might think that you are crazy!

In this world there is all types of craziness. If an alien comes to this planet and goes to a soccer stadium, he would find it to be an absolutely crazy place! He will not be able to understand why the 11 players are chasing one ball and are trying to get the ball into the net, and why are there 11 others on the other side stopping them, that too for one little ball. He would say, ‘Why are they all fighting over a ball?’

An alien would say, ‘Let me give 22 balls to 22 players. Let them kick their balls and keep them in the net!’

If their goal is to put the ball in the net, he would say, ‘Okay, let us all go and keep it there.’ He will fail to understand why people are kicking the ball and falling over each other and 50,000 people around are clapping and crying and howling!

It sounds absolutely crazy!

Like that there are many such crazy things in the world. I used to find English language very crazy. You write, ‘know’ and pronounce it as ‘no’. I would say, ‘know!’ (pronouncing it with the k sound) You should speak the way you write and read. You write ‘knowledge’ and put a ‘k’, I would say, ‘knowledge’ (pronouncing with the k sound). Everyone found it absolutely crazy.

My mother tongue is such that the way we write is the same as what we speak. In English, several letters become silent and you don’t know which is silent and which is not silent. It was so difficult. I had to write in English and then write in Kannada below that. Once my class teacher looked at my notebook and asked me, ‘What are you writing? It is wrong’.

There is no match between speaking and writing. You say something and you write something else.

Like that there are different crazes in the world. Everything is a craze and people are crazy for different things. Some are crazy about games, some for politics, some for money.

Do you know what happened in China? On New Years, in Shanghai, somebody threw fake currency from the top of a tower and 35 people died in a stampede. Is this not crazy,? People going to get free money falling from some building onto the street? There is no limit for being crazy. At least here it is good crazy! Some people are crazy about mediation and some are crazy about singing. It is okay! ‘Accept people as they are’. Sometimes I wonder, ‘Why did I put this point! I have been trapped by it!’ I have never said anything in my life which I have not practiced, so since I have said this, I have to practice it and I have been practicing, carrying on and accepting all sorts of craziness. I tell you, there is hope! I am still happy!