Knowledge is Power

May 2024

World Tuna Day  moreGarden Meditation Day  moreIntergalactic Star Wars Day – May the Fourth Be With You  moreRevenge of the Fifth  more
No Diet Day  moreTry Something New Day  moreClean Up Your Room Day  moreEat What You Want Day  moreNutty Fudge Day  more
Hummus Day  moreButtermilk Biscuit Day  moreChocolate Chip Day  moreInternational Day of Living Together in Peace  more Classic Movie Day more Pack Rat Day  moreLearn to Swim Day 
World Bee Day  moreStrawberries and Cream Day  moreBuy a Musical Instrument Day  moreWorld Turtle Day  moreEscargot Day  moreGeek Pride Day  moreBlueberry Cheesecake Day  more
Sun Screen Day  moreHamburger Day  morePut a Pillow on Your Fridge Day  moreMint Julep Day  moreMy Bucket’s Got a Hole Day

The days are slipping away from me! I feel like a news anchor on Jimmy Kimmel! Lots of birthdays this month. Dolly Parton strikes again with Krispy Kreme. I love puzzles of all kinds. Do you remember seersucker suits? ‘Check them music page for summer music festivals. Jazz festival calendars on jazz page.

Wild Cooking Woman 5/16/24

What’s Up?

Which states have the most aggressive drivers? Consumer Affairs recently published a study that used the following criteria to rate road rage in the U.S:

  • Number of road rage incidents with a gun per 100,000 residents
  • Aggressive and/or careless driving or speeding violations per 100,000 residents
  • Percentage of accidents due to aggressive and/or careless driving 
  • Accidents with fatalities due to aggressive and/or careless driving per 100,000 residents to give each state an overall score

Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker has faced backlash over his commencement speech to the Class of 2024 at Catholic Benedictine College. What do you think?

Here are some alternative views.

If you can get to New York and see a Broadway play, I suggest “Wicked.” If not, the movie version may be almost as good, just as good, or even better! It is much more affordable.

Looking for a crossword that’s not impossible to solve? You’re in luck. This one even offers hints when you get stuck. The faster you finish, the better your score — and the more impressed the group chat will be. Go on.

If you buy cheese from Aldi, you might want to take note of a recall because of potential salmonella contamination.

Welcome to the W, Caitlin Clark.

Three-quarters of Texans think ‘extreme conservative agenda’ has captured state, poll finds. Really! Where are the brains of the other 25%?

Did you know that 21 states tax essential feminine hygiene products, like tampons, sanitary napkins, and similar products – as luxuries? On the other hand, Viagra and similar non-essential drugs for erectile dysfunction, are not taxed in any state except Illinois.

FDA panel says common over-the-counter decongestant doesn’t work. What exactly are we talking about? When taken orally, a very small amount of phenylephrine reaches the nose to relieve congestion. What over-the-counter drugs are we talking about? Some examples are Sudafed PE, Vicks Nyquil Sinex Nighttime Sinus Relief, and Benadryl Allergy Plus Congestion.’

Gayle King is a SI cover model. She is 69 and looking good. She is much more than Oprah’s BFF.

Good stuff. Great books to read, stories to tell, people to meet. Three new books on my list for the summer. Krispy Kreme rewards – a good way to raise your glucose levels while you go out with a smile on your face. Do you need a side hustle?

Kintsugi 5/9/24

The fighting has ceased, but not the grief.

“Night Watch” by Jayne Anne Phillips

Winner of the 2024 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

In 1874, in the wake of the War, erasure, trauma, and namelessness haunt civilians and veterans, renegades and wanderers, freedmen and runaways. Twelve-year-old ConaLee, the adult in her family for as long as she can remember, finds herself on a buckboard journey with her mother, Eliza, who hasn’t spoken in more than a year. They arrive at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in West Virginia, delivered to the hospital’s entrance by a war veteran who has forced himself into their world. There, far from family, a beloved neighbor, and the mountain home they knew, they try to reclaim their lives. (

“This quote falls in line with the major themes Phillips explores throughout the novel: the human cost of war, trauma, PTSD, mental health, and healing.” writes Darren Orf.

A Great Disorder is a bold, urgent work that helps us make sense of today’s culture wars through a brilliant reconsideration of America’s foundational myths and their use in contemporary politics. Famous for his trilogy on the Myth of the Frontier, Richard Slotkin identifies five myths, born of different eras, that have shaped our conception of what it means to be American: the myths of the Frontier, the Founding, the Civil War (which he breaks into two opposing camps, Emancipation, and the Lost Cause), and the Good War, embodied by the multiethnic platoon fighting for freedom. He argues that while Trump and his MAGA followers have played up a frontier-inspired hostility to the federal government and rallied around Confederate symbols to champion a racially exclusive definition of American nationality, Blue America, taking its cue from the protest movements of the 1960s, envisions a limitlessly pluralistic country in which the federal government is the ultimate enforcer of rights and opportunities. American history―and the foundations of our democracy―have become a battleground. It is not clear at this time which vision will prevail. (

On February 17, 2022, Brittney Griner arrived in Moscow ready to spend the WNBA offseason playing for the Russian women’s basketball team where she had been the centerpiece of previous championship seasons. Instead, a security checkpoint became her gateway to hell when she was arrested for mistakenly carrying under one gram of medically prescribed hash oil. Brittney’s world was violently upended in a crisis she has never spoken in detail about publicly—until now. (

What amazes me is WNBA players continue to play in Russia in the off-season! I can’t imagine feeling at all safe these days. – Kintsugi


How Often Should You Wash Your Clothes? Why is this a question?

Do you have an emergency fund? Everyone needs one, especially women. How Much Cash Should You Have for Emergencies?

The Absolute Best Carrot Cake

This is a recipe I got from my friend WCW, and we have made it many, many times hoping to improve it. However, this version seems to be perfect every time.


For the Carrot Cake

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour or 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • dash allspice
  • 2 1/2 cups freshly shredded carrots
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 8 ozs canned crushed pineapple with liquid
  • 4 eggs 
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla paste or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped, toasted pecans

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2 8 oz packages of Philadelphia full-fat cream cheese 
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla paste or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4-6 cups powdered sugar 
Very similar to mine


Bake the cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Line two 9-inch round baking pans with parchment, then butter and flour the parchment paper and the sides. You can use baking spray, the kind with flour in it if you like.
  • Shred the carrots then add coconut and pineapple. Stir to combine and set aside. In another bowl sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and ginger.
  • In a large bowl or the mixing bowl of your stand mixer, place eggs, vegetable oil, sugar, and vanilla paste or extract. Combine (on low speed) until thoroughly mixed. Add half of the flour mixture to the egg and oil mixture and mix on low speed or by hand. Then add the remaining flour and stir until completely combined, but no longer. (You are not trying to make bread, so resist overmixing.) Add the carrots, coconut, pineapple with juice, and pecans to the mixture and fold into the batter until well distributed.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Remove the cakes from the oven and cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. The cakes must be completely cooled before frosting.

Make the frosting

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer (or large mixing bowl with an electric hand mixer) add room-temperature cream cheese and unsalted butter (I like Vital Farms butter, or Land O Lakes in a pinch). Beat on medium-high heat for a couple of minutes until completely combined with no remaining lumps. On medium speed, beat in 2 tsp of vanilla paste or extract, then add 4-6 cups of powdered sugar, ½ cup at a time.

Frost the cake

Check the cake layers and make sure there are no crumbs stuck to them. If they are uneven, it is ok to slice off the part that is too tall. I usually use dental floss and slice each layer in half to have 4 layers. Put one layer on a plate and spread frosting on top of it. Carefully place the next layer on top of the frosted one, and continue alternating frosting and layers until you get to the top of the cake. I don’t frost the sides, just the top. If you want to frost the sides, make sure you use the larger amount of powdered sugar for the frosting.

Are you still wearing makeup? (Not me in the summer; too hot here.) Does it get on your clothes? Here are some suggestions for getting foundation, blush, etc. out of that favorite outfit.

I like coleslaw but my boo likes macaroni salad. Here is a recipe using Hellman’s mayo. Just don’t forget to keep it cold or you may be in for an unpleasant surprise later.

Use all mayo. Southerners (down south and up south) may prefer Duke’s Mayo. Smoked paprika is the best.

These are the people who want to run our country…

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