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Friday, September 29, 2017

Potpourri

Some photos which just don't seem to go together, but I found enjoyable.

First a lovely dinner of swordfish steak, fresh organic corn on the cob, and luscious nectarines. Not only delicious, but such vibrant colors!


The fish has a bit of paprika tossed across it, but mainly was just buttered and baked inside aluminum foil for about a half hour and then broiled for five minutes in the toaster oven. The corn is shucked, then wrapped in wax paper and microwaved for 2 minutes, let sit still wrapped for 5 minutes as the heat finishes cooking it.

Roy Rogers and Trigger in front of the Alamo in San Antonio, TX in the 50s I think.
I never knew that when the horse did that rearing back that the rider leaned back rather than bending forward (which I'd have done!) He's got good stomach muscles!

Dr. David Blight of Yale University (New Haven CT) was in Asheville, NC to give a lecture on Frederick Douglass a few weeks ago.  I attended along with a half dozen of my friends, and as you can see, there were more grey hairs than young grad students in this Lenoire-Rhyme Grad School sponsored lecture, but it was standing room only.  Dr. Blight is about to publish another book on Frederick Douglass, and knew a lot more than his 2 hour lecture could cover.

I've taken Dr. Blight's course on line from Open Courses Yale...available HERE.  I enjoyed learning more about the Reconstruction era, as well as the politics behind the Civil War.  I spoke about how his course helped me understand how this time affected my own ancestors in the south HERE.

Coincidentally he was also interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning the week before he gave the lecture here.  He spoke about how Yale had recently renamed a building from the slave-owner  Calhoun, to a female military heroine.  (See this article HERE.) Some of the discussion had been about how statues of Confederate soldiers were being pulled down.  He also was questioned about how Elihu Yale (for whom the university is named) had been not only a slave-owner, but made most of his wealth by being a slave trader...so was the university considering changing it's name? Dr. Blight said in his interview on CBS - he wouldn't go there.

Sepia Saturday this week gives this theme to consider.  I have no idea who's at the controls, and have decided to share other miscellaneous photos with you this week.


This is a photograph of the cockpit of a 1948 B-36 plane which appears on the Flickr Commons stream of the American Aviation Historical Society.

16 comments:

Linda Starr said...

love your cookies jars at the top, my favorite is the tulip one on the right

Jo Featherston said...

Certainly 3 very diverse photographs, except hat maybe the subjects of the second two would have enjoyed that dinner in your first shot., Here in Aus we just de-husk our corn, but shucking is a good word for it 😀

Alan Burnett said...

That aircraft cockpit seems to me to be a potpourri of thoughts and responses, actions and reactions - and therefore fits in with you images perfectly.

Little Nell said...

I do enjoy a pot pourri and you had me drooling with that first picture and the wonderful description.

Helen Killeen Bauch McHargue said...

I use saran wrap for microwaving corn, but will try waxed paper. Your Roy Rogers photo is great. What a horse!!

Barbara Rogers said...

I can't decide if I want to keep one, or sell them all...

Barbara Rogers said...

OK, never heard of de-husk, which definitely describes the action. Good to know how it's done there!

Barbara Rogers said...

Thanks Alan, I could have asked my pilot cousin for some of her old pics, but I've been wanting to put my namesake cowboy photo on line for a while...

Barbara Rogers said...

Oh yes, isn't it fun to throw completely unrelated things in the pot sometimes? Like apples in a squash dish.

Barbara Rogers said...

Yes, Trigger should get some credit too!

Molly of Molly's Canopy said...

Nice selection of photos! Must try the waxed paper tip for microwaving corn. Also appreciate the links to Dr. Blight's lectures online. They sound fascinating.

La Nightingail said...

I really like your jars too - especially the one with sunflowers. So cheerful. And thanks for the tip on doing corn-on-the-cob in the microwave. I've never tried that before. I generally get frozen corn. But if microwaving freshly husked corn is that easy, I'm certainly game to try it! And yes, Roy Rogers and Trigger. I remember them well . . . clear back to radio days!

Mike Brubaker said...

I went to a UNCA history event a few weeks ago to listen to a panel of 4 historians discuss the legacy of Zebulon Vance. It was fascinating to get their perspective on this politician and his influence on the reconstruction era in North Carolina. Last year I came across a book on Frederick Douglass at the library that was just about his portrait photographs. Apparently he was the most photographed person of his time! So I've started to read some of his works to understand his influence on America too. A very turbulent time.

Barbara Rogers said...

I use a large square of wax paper and put the corn on it diagonally, roll it up and twist the ends to seal it a bit...it gets very steamy and hot!

Barbara Rogers said...

I have the name connection, but am no relation that I know of...to Roy Rogers. Once you have corn like this I bet you'll never like frozen again!

Barbara Rogers said...

Dr. Blight said Douglass was the most photographed man in the 19th century. Then he asked the audience who the second most photographed man of the 18th century might have been. After a dozen guesses he was starting to change the subject when a young man said, Custer. "Right!"