Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Please check out the comment on the post from Mensona. This is the first one I have ever had that has a recipe, but considering that Lee (the mystery poster) and I have such a great food connection, it shouldn't surprise me. He is a great cook and has so many tricks up his sleeve, so if we are really lucky, he'll continue to share his wonderful recipes and food tips in this blog.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Dori and Ed

Yesterday Midori Fulk, a Trinidad woman, and I visitied Ed Smith. Dori is sponsoring Ed on his Honor Flight, which is coming up October 4. Her mother is Japanese, so Dori has very deep feelings regarding the Pacific theatre of WWII . Ed was on Wake Island and was a POW for four years. In Dori's own words:
"I was raised to remember to make a difference in people's lives when I could, and when I first heard Kathrin Burleson mention the Honor Flight Program, I realized that this was a way I could make a difference to someone in a way that meant something personal to myself as well. This opportunity is so important to me for many reasons, generationally and culturally. I am very much looking forward to meeting "Ed" Smith. I want him to know that I think it is important to remember what he, and all military women and men, fought for and what he lived through, to thank and honor him for that. I have heard and understand some of his story, and I will not forget it."
We sat at the kitchen table and sipped tea, as Ed shared some of his stories with us. He also expressed his sincere gratitude to Dori.
To see those two meet was one of the most beautiful experiences I have ever had. Both are fine, loving people, and great Americans.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Friends at Mensona

Here is the uncropped version---Lee Klein (WWII vet whom you will recognize from prior shots of him on our deck), moi, and John and Jody Jarvis, longtime friends who have recently relocated to Sonoma County. It was such a treat to see them and have the encouragement during the rally trials. A dedicated cheering section works wonders.