The Road To Perdition-Part 1

"Dad's home!" I announce more for my benefit then theirs. The kids know to watch the clock and it's now 2:50. I'm the one that has to keep an eye on the time and if I'm not careful, my private "wine" down time last longer than it should, which defeats the purpose of the "wine … Continue reading The Road To Perdition-Part 1

Life Quote By Martin Luther King Jr.: “Quietly endure, silently…”

This quote and others like it-mostly found in the Bible-Romans 12:12 to be precise-have strengthen and encouraged me to persevere, even when the challenges I endure have me wanting to give up. But I won’t and I can’t. All good things come to those who wait and I have learned that patience is definitely a virtue. One I’m longing to be better at. One day at a time.

Short Wisdom

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Yes. I am. And I'm scared to death. I have this annoying (and self sabotaging) habit of collecting articles, stories, quotes, etcetera, from (or about) successful artists who were considered either amateurs, novices or talentless, in their chosen field, yet they relentlessly pursued their passion with fierce determination, despite skeptics and critics. They felt the … Continue reading YOU ARE A TOTAL AMATEUR


I was broken by a boss who took immense pleasure in demeaning and degrading me-yet I consistently sought her approval. I couldn't understand why she didn't like me. I worked hard, mostly trying to impress her. For a time, I was impressed by her knowledge-she wasn't a lawyer, but she walked and talked like one, winning her fair share of legal arguments too, mostly against the baby ADA's as she called them. They were her favorite target, next to me.

Deep Fried Calamari

I love your blog! Fried calamari is my favorite! I can’t wait to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

In Dianes Kitchen


This is the best Deep Fried Calamari I have ever made at home! It was very easy to prepare, it had a light coating of seasoned breading and the taste was amazing! My Calamari had been frozen and it still turned out delicious.




Add enough oil to a deep saucepan that the

squid will have oil all around it. Heat over

medium high heat to 365 degrees.


Meanwhile combine the flour,

salt and pepper on a large plate.


Dredge the squid through the flour

mixture, coating each piece entirely.


Once the oil is at 365 degrees, drop just enough

breaded squid pieces into the oil so that the pieces

do not touch. Fry for ONLY 2-3 minutes or else the

squid will be tough. The breading should be a

LIGHT brown color, NOT golden brown. Remove

from the oil and place on a plate covered with paper

towel then…

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I just binged The Queens Gambit on Netflix. Now, I'm obsessed with chess. I've always been amazed by the complexity of the game but there's something simple about how it mirrors life and the choices we make that propel us to greatness or lead us to ruin. Spoiler alert-it ain't just about chess! I appreciate the strategy, the intensity, and the predictability of unpredictability in the game. I love that the Queen is more important than the King, because gender politics have denied women their rightful place as leaders in the world, even though they have lead anyway. For instance, Woodrow Wilson's wife Galt Wilson lead the United States after her racist, philandering husband suffered a series of strokes that left him incapacitated.