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   Bettijo posted on Coffee Klatch  English spelling is a vexing problem for most learners of English. Why does the English language have so many words that are difficult to spell? The main reason is that English has 1,100 different ways to spell its 44 separate sounds, more than any other language. This video features typographist, spelling champion, and chairman of the American Literacy Council Dr. Ed Rondthaler pointing out the nonsense of English spelling. Enjoy! Dr. Rondthaler died in 2004 at age 104.

Thursday at 07:43 EST .

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   Bettijo  Actually he died in 2009, but I am not able to edit. I seem to be the only one posting here. If I am getting on your nerves, please tell me and I will shut up. Thanks.
Thursday at 07:50 EST .

   Escaped commieny  Keep on posting Miss B. My 'nerves' enjoy all your posts. EC
Thursday at 09:41 EST .

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   Balogreene  So, as a writer, I have Subject Matter Experts (SMEs ) who write for me to rewrite. My dear Puerto Rican friend admits to writing in Spanglish. My Chinese friend does pretty well, but her spelling is atrocious!

I am reminded of, I think, Oscar Wilde who said ghoti spells "fish" gh like in "enough", o like in "women", and ti, like in "nation".
Thursday at 21:19 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I am personally in the midst of lots of health issues with Hagar and attempting to get a garden underway, so my time here is very limited. I am very interested in the variety of things that you post, you have an inquisitive mind and I like that. Thanks for taking the time to post, I wish more Ldotters would take the time to add something on a daily basis.
Friday at 06:32 EST .

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   Gerty  I second Miss Birdie's comment. Please keep posting as much as you want, Miss Bettijo!! I enjoy all your posts.
17 hours ago .

   Bettijo posted on Coffee Klatch  This is to go with WW's darling story some time ago about the beavers building a d am and the owner of the property being cited.

April 15 at 10:36 EST .

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   Gerty  This is great! It should be shown to all elementary school kids to encourage them to study the treasure of animals we are blessed with in this Country.

BTW--it is also a good picture of how I look preparing for my garden!!
April 15 at 20:16 EST .

   Escaped commieny  I sent TQ a note about the beavers and otters on the river between Washington and Oregon, it was a mama bear with 2 cubs, the babies were making mud balls and decided to nail the little otters, she got upset and yelled at them to come back to shore, as only a mama bear could do. It was a Riot. The otters just floated on down...the beavers went under cover. The cubs probably got a spanking.
Thursday at 09:47 EST .

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   Bettijo  Cute!
Thursday at 15:47 EST .

   Bettijo posted on Coffee Klatch  Great advice from a wise man, hard as it is to follow
   April 14 at 07:51 EST .

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   Safetydude  For years and years I've said that I never learned anything listening to myself...
April 14 at 23:32 EST .

   Ole buzzard  There is a reason that God gave us two ears and only one mouth.
18 hours ago .

   Bettijo posted on Jokes  HOLY DAY SET BY FLORIDA COURT

This is great!! I know God is giggling

A Florida Court Sets Atheist Holy Day! Gotta love this Judge!

You must read this... A proper decision by the courts for a change.


In Florida, an atheist created a case against Easter and Passover Holy days. He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians and Jews and observances of their holy days. The argument was that it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized days.

The case was brought before a judge. After listening to the passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel declaring, "Case dismissed!"

The lawyer immediately stood and objecting to the ruling saying, "Your honor, How can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter and others. The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah, yet my client and all other atheists have no such holidays..."

The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, "But you do. Your client, counselor, is woefully ignorant."

The lawyer said," Your Honor, we are unaware of any special observance or holiday for atheists."

The judge said, "The calendar says April 1st is April Fool’s Day. Psalm 14:1 states, 'The fool says in his heart, there is no God.' Thus, it is the opinion of this court, that, if your client says there is no God, then he is a fool. Therefore, April 1st is his day.

Court is adjourned..." You gotta love a Judge that knows his scripture!
April 14 at 07:49 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Coffee Klatch  Popular game show host Pat Sajak took to Twitter on Friday to express his personal philosophy about the minimum wage debate.

Ruffling a few liberal feathers, he tweeted, “When I had minimum wage jobs, my goal was to better myself, not to better the minimum wage.”

I couldn’t agree more!
April 13 at 06:51 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Jokes  I became confused when I heard the word "service" being used with these agencies:

1, Internal Revenue "Service".
2, U.S. Postal "Service".
3, Telephone "Service".
4, Cable TV. "Service".
5, Civil "Service".
6, State, City, County & Public "Service".
7, Customer "Service".

This is not what I thought "Service" meant.

But today I overheard two farmers talking, and one of them said that he had hired a bull to "Service" a few cows.
BAM !!! It all came into focus.

Now I understand what all those agencies are doing!
April 12 at 05:59 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Recipes  For those of you turned off by "green" eggs, EC? These sound delicious although I have not tried them.

Deviled Eggs courtesy The Atlanta Journal Constitution

Q: I have loved everything on the Holeman and Finch Public House menu but every time I go there I have to get the deviled eggs three ways. I would love to start making it at home. Thank you. — Tim Pruyn, Smyrna

A: Chef Linton Hopkins writes that “Deviled eggs and pimento cheese are staples on the menu at Holeman and Finch Public House because they are quintessential Southern cocktail foods. We host a party every night at the restaurant and this, to me, is representative of hospitality. Deviled eggs are great fare for Easter, Fourth of July and all home entertaining, really.”

From the menu of: Holeman and Finch Public House photo
Holeman and Finch Public House’s Deviled Eggs (Contributed by Bart Sasso )
Hopkins specifies fresh farm eggs for several reasons. “When someone purchases eggs from a local farmer that cares about how their animals are raised, they are mindfully putting money into good food practices and their own community. In addition, the chickens eat a varied diet as they roam cage-free and this results in a beautiful yellow-orange yolk.” He also thinks they are delicious.

Holeman and Finch Public House offers a plate of deviled eggs with three variations: bread and butter pickle, bacon and pepper.

Holeman and Finch Public House’s Deviled Eggs

The recipe below is for the pepper version of the Holeman and Finch deviled eggs. To make the bacon version, eliminate the cayenne and replace with 2 tablespoons crisp, crumbled bacon. To make the bread and butter pickle version, eliminate the cayenne and replace with 2 tablespoons minced bread and butter pickle.

6 fresh farm eggs
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 tablespoon grated onion
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt plus extra for egg whites
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
A few shakes Tabasco
Paprika, for garnish

In a large saucepan, cover eggs with cold water. Have a bowl of ice water ready. Bring water to a boil and cook 10 minutes. Stir gently in the beginning to set the yolk in the middle of the eggs. After 10 minutes, transfer eggs to ice water and allow to cool.

Peel eggs, then cut in half lengthwise and move yolks to a small bowl. Mash yolks with a fork. Stir in mayonnaise, onion, mustard, 1/4 teaspoon salt, pepper, cayenne and Tabasco. Season egg whites with salt and fill with yolk mixture. Garnish with paprika. Makes: 12

Per serving: 58 calories (percent of calories from fat, 78 ), 3 grams protein, trace carbohydrates, trace fiber, 5 grams fat (1 gram saturated ), 107 milligrams cholesterol, 104 milligrams sodium

   April 11 at 12:28 EST .

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   Bettijo  Pimento Cheese
Holeman & Finch Public House, Atlanta
Chef Linton Hopkins uses locally grown pimientos (heart-shaped sweet red peppers ), which he cans himself, in this luxurious spread, an old Southern favorite.
1. 3 medium red bell peppers
2. 5 ounces sharp yellow cheddar cheese, coarsely shredded (2 cups )
3. 4 ounces cream cheese (1/2 cup ), softened
4. 1/4 cup mayonnaise
5. 1 tablespoon juice from a jar of bread and butter pickles (optional )
6. 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco
7. Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
8. Saltine crackers, for serving
1. Light a grill or preheat the broiler. Set the bell peppers over a hot fire or under the broiler and cook, turning, until charred all over. Transfer the bell peppers to a plate and let cool.
2. Peel the roasted peppers and discard the cores and seeds. Cut the peppers into 1/8-inch dice and pat dry with paper towels.
3. In a medium bowl, mix the diced peppers with the cheddar, cream cheese, mayonnaise, pickle juice and Tabasco and season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Serve with crackers.
April 11 at 12:38 EST .

   Escaped commieny  I love deviled eggs, just not that mushy green stuff, these sound wonderful.
April 11 at 18:48 EST .

   Balogreene  Pimento Cheese, by my 96-year old aunt in Georgia.
Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
Enough Pimento to look good
Enough Miracle Whip to make it good
White Pepper
Red Pepper Flakes
All to taste.
Spread on bread and make grilled cheese, make cold cheese sandwiches, serve on Ritz, how ever you desire,
April 12 at 19:12 EST .

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   Balogreene  My deviled eggs.
Follow his recipe, til the filling
For one egg, one slice of bacon cooked crisp
1/2 tsp dried mustard
1/2 tsp dried minced onions
1 tablespoon mayonaisse
mix together, and fill the egg.

I know it's not company ready, it's breakfast ready. I usually make about 6 eggs to take to work for breakfast.
April 12 at 19:15 EST .

   Bettijo  Thanks, Balo, I made Chef Hopkins' pimento cheese today. It is pretty good, needs to set a little longer. I used Hellmann's this time, but I usually use Miracle Whip. I used pimento and hot sauce; next time I will leave out the hot sauce and use the peppers you suggested. I do like the cream cheese mixed in as it makes it "smoother." My mother always put a dash of vinegar from sweet pickles in her pimento cheese, so I normally do that too. One time Paula Dean asked for pimento recipes from her fans and got thousands! I saved a number of them. Amazing how similar, yet different they can be.
April 13 at 12:42 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Jokes  Scientists told God that He wasn't needed anymore

One day, some scientists were arguing with God. They told God that He wasn't needed anymore because anything He could do, science could do just as well.

"Really," said God quizzically.

"Really," insisted the scientists.

"Can you make trees and bushes," asked God.

"We've done it many times," boasted the scientists.

"Can you make life from dirt," God asked.

"Certainly," said the scientists.

God said He would like to see them do that.

One of the scientists reached down and picked up a handful of dirt. He motioned for God to follow him into the lab.

God looked confused so the scientist explained that they would take the dirt into their lab and show God how they did it. God could go with and watch the process.

God shook His head. "No, no," He said, "use your own dirt."
April 11 at 07:08 EST .

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   Gerty  Therein lies the trick---how to make something out of NOTHING!
April 13 at 18:31 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  Interactive graphic: Hillary Clinton's insider network

This is interesting and scary!
April 10 at 12:08 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  

But the real crowd pleaser may have been 18 year old Marlana VanHoose, whose rendition of The Star Spangled Banner set the crowd on fire.

Born with cerebral palsy, without a fully formed optic nerve, VanHoose has never been able to see, so she was unable to witness the crowd erupt in applause after she took the stage at the Kentucky Galt House Hotel.

Doctor’s had predicted that she would not make it past her first birthday,

According to her website, “Marlana was humming “Jesus loves me” before she talked and by the time she was 2 years old she taught herself to play the piano.” She has also sung the national anthem at sporting events and has been featured on ESPN.

Thankfully, the gifted teen who defied all odds could hear the cheers and chants of USA! USA! USA! after her awe-inspiring performance.

How amazing is this girl’s voice? She certainly is amazing, and I hope to see more of her in years to come!
April 9 at 08:30 EST .

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