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Five Favorite Things from October

Remember the song in  “The Sound of Music” about all of her favorite things?  These are a few of my favorite things Girl Talk: I was obsessed with the little ditty that I thought was on the soundtrack of “Barefoot in the Park” I think the composer from Barefoot-Neal Hefti-was the same guy, who wrote Girl Talk for an obscure movie: Harlow, also from the sixties, but the music was so great….and  memorable that I couldn’t really get it out of my head. And then this: When I scrolled down for comments on the music clip from YouTube, a man had written: “I wish my wife was alive so we could dance one more time to this music”….! Cue the tears!   Next is Eva Gabor’s Peignoirs: I have been trying to watch upbeat things after watching nothing but sad news during the day, with lots going on…and then trying to keep my website and email groups juggled! So the peignoirs that Eva Gabor wears in Green Acres made me curious enough to look up her bio. She is so fascinating, her mother brought Zsa Zsa (her big sis!) and the other less well- known Magda, along with Eva, to America from Hungary after the second World War. They made their claim to fame, of course, with glamour and wigs and talk shows and marriages and jewelry. But Eva was a hard worker, and stayed close to Eddie Albert through the years, and in fact they appeared on stage in “You Can’t Take It with You”, a play that was also a great movie from Frank Capra.    James Garner in Maverick: Late Sunday Nights I’ve been watching my recordings of the old Maverick Western series with James Garner.. I had never seen them, and they are well- written and funny and clever, with Maverick’s character pre-dating Rockford, but basically being the same laid-back fellow who eschews violence and gunfights for peaceful conflict resolution. This was a novelty for the fifties- era of shoot-em-up Westerns in which Maverick was broadcast! I have wondered what someone like Rod Serling, that great science-fiction writer, would think of our times? And what type of creative plots he, or James Garner, might come up with in the 21st Century?   Trending: Dog Stories on “The Dodo” My weekly trending list is where I look for and sometimes  find the cutest Dog Videos, especially from “The Dodo.” This week, the dog video winner was the one from the guy who patiently went back every day to feed an abandoned Pittie female that had had a litter and was now abandoned and alone. He drove two hours round trip daily to feed her and just sit with her. She wouldn’t let him touch her, so they finally set a humane trap and took her home. The video ended with him petting her for the first time, and the bond they already shared was evident. Facebook Friends; Simon – The Most Interesting Man in the World! And finally, my good Facebook Buddy and old school mate, Simon, who is possibly the real life model for the commercial for Dos Equis–  featuring The most Interesting Man in the World! Simon always highlights his wonderful travels, his fascinating insights-he was first in his class at Plant High and is brilliant, a Harvard Graduate! He loves science fiction and showed some of his FB friends his extensive book collection, and apart from all that- he cooks! His latest: A beautiful dish, pictured here, of Lobster Cantonese. The funny thing is this: I had just seen a vintage recipe from General Dorn’s Cookbook for Lobster Cantonese. Here’s the recipe from General Dorn: Mix together ground pork with lobster chunks.  In a large skillet over low flame,  add garlic clove, salt & pepper. Sizzle for 2 minutes. Remove the garlic clove and add the lobster chunks and pork. Pour in 1 cup chicken stock & 1 tsp sugar. Cover and cook on low for 10 minutes. Stir in 2 slightly beaten eggs and cook 2 more minutes. Blend cornstarch with a tbsp soy sauce and 1/4 cup water.  Add the paste, stir and cook another 2 minutes.  Plate and serve! Well friends, these are a few of my favorite things this time…Let me know what you’ve been doing to take your mind off of the Covid-19 news and other news, political and otherwise…Till next time, Your friend, ML By the way, I’m adding the Kindness Booklet to these posts to help us all get through the next few days.  With the Election near, plus the Pandemic delivering equal doses of anxiety for all, we can never have too much Kindness! Here’s the link: The Kindness Booklet

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