Hogwash Volume 35

Hogwash! Issue No. 35

March 2015
Welcome to Hogwash!


Rosi and Gardner


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Card and Letter writing    

Do you still check your mailbox?  No, not your “Inbox,” your mailbox.  Do you hope, every once in a while, to find something in there that is not junk mail or a bill?  How about a handwritten note from a friend?  There are few things as likely to cause a smile.


April is “National Card & Letter Writing Month.”  If you like to receive real mail, you should send it.  Pull out a piece of stationery (yes, that stuff, the paper with the nice feel and a matching envelope) and write a note to a friend.  Send a hand-addressed “Thinking of You” card to a friend, with a personal note jotted inside.  Then, take it to the Post Office (you remember that place, right?) and pick out a stamp that fits the occasion, the recipient, or the message you want to convey.  


The recipient of your care will, in all likelihood, smile.  And she will understand (almost intuitively) that you cared enough to spend a little time, a little handwriting, on her.  He will have tangible proof of it in his hands.  What other method of communication offers such a compact little packet of meaning?  Mail a card or letter to someone in April; they’ll be glad you did! 

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In This Issue



In conjunction  

(” . . . conjunction junction, whaaaaaattttt’s your function . . . ?”  Sorry, folks; got carried away and burst out into song!) AHEM!  [ahem] In conjunction with Card and Letter Writing Month coming up, a curation of some play with words and language seems particularly appropriate:


Sage advice from George Carlin:


“Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.”


Dennis Miller on Eternity:


“It’s ironic that in our culture everyone’s biggest complaint is about not having enough time; yet nothing terrifies us more than the thought of eternity.”


Calvin & Hobbes (Bill Watterson) on the Evolution of Humor, and Life:


Calvin: Isn’t it strange that evolution would give us a sense of humour? When you think about it, it’s weird that we have a physiological response to absurdity. We laugh at nonsense. We like it. We think it’s funny. Don’t you think it’s odd that we appreciate absurdity? Why would we develop that way? How does it benefit us?


Hobbes: I suppose if we couldn’t laugh at things that don’t make sense, we couldn’t react to a lot of life.


Calvin: (after a long pause) I can’t tell if that’s funny or really scary.


When Fate Gives You Lemons…


Dale Carnegie is known for the proverbial advice, “When fate hands you a lemon, make lemonade.” This past month, over much of the reach of “Hogwash!, the lemons which fate had handed our readers were deep frozen. Unfortunately I, as one of your editors was not a recipient of such cool bounty. Rather, I was sojourning in southern Italy where the daytime temperature of nature’s cool breath was no lower than 50 degrees Farenheit or 10 degrees Centigrade. There I saw not only lemons, but lemon trees by the thousands. When I asked what was to be done with all those lemons, the response was unanimous. So I take this time to suggest an alternative to Mr. Carnegie’s sage advice and suggest that when fate hands you lemons, make Limoncello. 


Here is how and what you’ll need:


  • One quart or one liter of Everclear grain alcohol (if all you can find is vodka, try to get some without flavor as such may upset the purity of the result). Be careful, use only ethyl alcohol, it is the only alcohol that is safe to ingest. For instance vodka is nearly pure ethyl alcohol. Methyl alcohol is extremely toxic and both propyl alcohol and isopropyl alcohol such as rubbing alcohol if ingested can make you very sick.
  • Ten medium to large ripe yellow lemons (to get you started.) They should not be tinted with green. Choose thick-skinned lemons because they are easier to zest.


Wash the lemons with a vegetable brush and hot water to remove any residue of pesticides or wax; pat the lemons dry. Using a potato peeler, take all the lemon rinds off of the lemons being sure that there is no white pith on the inside of the peelings. Place the rind-peelings in a large container with the Everclear alcohol. Cover the container and let it sit for seven days.


On the eighth day, strain the mixture, remove and discard the peels. 


Then make a simple syrup. In a large saucepan combine 6 1/3 cups water (1 liters for purists) and 3 pounds granulated sugar (6 cups). Let it simmer “fast” for 15 minutes. Then cool to room temperature and add to the alcohol mixture. 


DONE, and time to taste.



Women and the Supreme Court – in Celebration of International Women’s Day


For over 100 years, in the early part of the year, people around the world have celebrated a day focused on improving the status of women.   The first celebration followed a year of great unrest when women became more vocal about the need for change.   In 1908 oppression and inequality spurred 15,000 female garment workers to march through New York City demanding better pay, shorter hours, a ban on child labor and voting rights.


The first National Women’s Day, on February 28, 1909, was observed only in the United States, but by 1910 an International Women’s Day had been proposed.   The movement gained force and the event spread throughout the world. In 1975 the United Nations designated the year International Women’s Year. This year’s International Women’s Day theme was Make it Happen.


In the interest of creating some connection to the legal world, the editors of Hogwash! thought it would be interesting to observe International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8, by highlighting the role of the women who serve or served as Justices in the Supreme Court of the United States.   


The Supreme Court has been around for as long as the U.S. Constitution (1789).  In 226 years, there have been 112 justices, out of which 108 or 96.4% have been men.  That means you can count all of the women who ever served in the Supreme Court with one hand:  Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonya Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan.  


Justice O’Connor, who has since retired, was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 and became the first female justice ever.   Justice Ginsburg, appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, had spent a considerable portion of her legal career with the American Civil Liberties Union as an advocate of women’s rights (as a side note, it is worth pointing out that over the past few years she has emerged as an Internet cult icon-try Google-ing the “Notorious R.B.G.” Tumbler page, for example).  Justices Kagan and Sotomayor were both appointed by President Barack Obama.


The Court’s current composition, featuring the other three female justices, makes it the most female-heavy Supreme Court in U.S. history. 


Sorry Charlie!


How do you feel about rejection?  Sure, it can sour your day but do you keep going?


College applicants get used to it, especially if they have a “reach” schools list.  Nearly every well-known writer says that she was rejected, numerous times, before being accepted for publication.  Michael Jordan, as a sophomore, did not “make the cut” for his high school basketball team.


April 1 (or April 6, according to some sources) is “Sorry, Charlie” day, to give a “tip of the hat” to those who keep getting rejected, and are resilient (or foolhardy) enough to keep on trying.  (If you don’t know the reference to the tuna commercial, ask someone older than you.)


It has also been said that “Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.”  Do you view rejection as a growth opportunity?  As a chance to ask yourself what you could have done differently, to get a different result.


Perhaps this day is best summed up by someone who gave voice to such sentiment long before such an official day of recognition was created (and whose personality and visage have often been likened to a bulldog):


“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”  – Winston Churchill

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Karen’s Home Cooking 


My recipes this month are all about eating green. Here comes spring and rejuvenation . . .


Humpesto (a blend of hummus and pesto)



1 can garbanzo beans

2 cups fresh parsley

1 tbsp sunflower seeds

3 garlic heads

1 tbsp lemon juice

3-4 tbsp olive oil

water as needed


Blend all ingredients. You can add parmesan but I think it is good without. Serve with bread or crackers or potatoes or eggs or rice or pasta or chips . . . you know what I mean.


Homemade Ranch Dressing (to fool every child)


cup Greek 2% yogurt

cup mayo

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar and 2 tbsp milk (mix and let sit for ten minutes)

salt, pepper

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1-2 tbsp fresh parsley

1 tbsp dill


Mix all together, adjusting taste. Make a beautiful salad or get out the carrot sticks, bake a potato, etc., and do all the things you do with ranch dressing but without the guilt.


Orange Asparagus and Green Fish


Lay asparagus spears on a beautiful plate. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and white pepper. Drizzle with the juice of an orange. Cut another couple orange into wedges and place around the asparagus. Serve with Spanish Marcona almonds and smoked lake trout sprinkled heavily with dill.


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