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The Steady Pulse In the Career of Jim Kelley You know Jim Kelley from Syracuse’s very own Horn Dogs. But, there is much more to one of Syracuse’s top staple drummers. Here is my conversation with him about his path in a healthy run as a musician. Chuck Schiele: Hi Jim. Thanks for doing this interview with Sound of Syracuse. I know you’re a busy dude. Jim Kelley: Hi Chuck, thank you for speaking with me! CS: How long have you been playing and how did you get started in becoming a musician? JK: I began in the mid 70’s while in elementary school, I was always enthralled by the older kids playing drums in school and in parades and soon joined in! CS: And, things took off from there … JK: I was fortunate enough to have grown up in Boston in a thriving music scene and then coming out to the Syracuse area in High School. From age 11-18 I took private lessons from several stellar drum teachers, played in every band available in school and with a variety of “garage bands” throughout Jr. high & high school, played with multiple regional bands in my stepfather’s and mother’s restaurants as a teen, did the All-County

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A rock-funk-R&B-blues-jazz etc hired gun, Jim started out in a number of new wave and metal bands, then more classic rock bands, and fast forward to today, he has gone back to his roots and is now with the Horn Dogs, a 9 piece horn driven R&B/motown/ funk/dance and classic rock band. thing, etc. I auditioned for and was accepted to several music schools – and went with my first choice, Berklee College of Music in Boston. The magic of Berklee is playing with people from all corners of the Earth and developing in the “after hours” – jamming with people every night for 6+ hours in all different styles! I played out with a few bands around Boston as well during that time. After a couple semesters decided to return to Syracuse. At the time, Metal and New Wave was happening and I played with a number of new wave and metal bands through the early 90’s, the best known was “Mistress.” When metal was slowly fading, I played in a couple of original projects that eventually gave way to playing more straight ahead classic rock stuff in a number of bands including Hard Drive and The Drop Outs. Fast forward a bit and I went back to some early roots and joined up with The Horn 2018 2019 2012 2013 Dogs, a 9 piece horn driven R&B/motown/ funk/dance and classic rock band. Eleven years later, I’m still with them and growing stronger! I took a bit of a break with the Dogs to start another music thing but came back to the Dogs in 2014. Since then we have played to audiences all over New York and took home a SAMMY award for People’s Choice in 2016. We are currently a finalist for the 2019 People’s Choice Sammy as we speak! For several years I have also subbed for a number of bands when their drummer wasn’t available or if they didn’t have a Beef on a Weck drummer! A rock-funk-R&B-blues-jazz etc VOTED BEST BURGER in NYS by: hired gun! Aside from subbing on drums and congas/percussion I have also played or recorded with a variety of people for certain gigs/projects. Lastly, with The Horn Dogs still going 238 Harrison St. • Syracuse, NY 13202 strong and a busy schedule for 2020, I even 315-426-9672 • www.ALENANGUSPUB.com

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The Steady Pulse In the Career of Jim Kelley continued from pg 2 made the time to join yet another band —Crooked Halo— a female led classic rock/modern country band made up of people from other active bands like Rhythm Method, In Too Deep, Right Turn and Fuzz Box that is debuting late March 2020 and booked through 2020 as well! Most of all, if I’m not at one of my own gigs, you can find me out a lot at other people’s gigs supporting them as well! CS: Please tell us about the different gear you play. JK: Depending on type of gig, my main gigging sets are one of several Sonor designer sets I have. The size of set up may change depending on type or gig or how much space there is. With The Horn Dogs I share the stage with 8 others! So space can be a premium. I like to play a 5 to 7 piece set for most things, sometimes smaller or larger if appropriate. I also have 30 snares I own as well as a variety of Zildjian cymbals. On occasion I’ll bring out a “show” set, like my see-through Pearl Crystal Beat set that has LED lighting that changes colors. It’s a cool sounding kit Check out The Horn Dogs Fan Club on Facebook, and their website with complete details and schedule and people love the visual. But they aren’t Sonor! I have at www.thehorndogs.com several other vintage sets I use too. If I do a jazz, blues, Motown/R&B, or other types of gigs where appropriate, I teachers are truly the unsung hero’s and hats off to everyone in this capacity! have vintage Sonor and Gretsch kits. Lastly, I also play lots CS: Which drummers do you admire most? of percussion – congas, bongos, timbales, djembe, cajon, lots of little percussion “toys.” I JK: This could take a few pages – there are so many good drummers. My top guys in also play mallets and have a resurrected 1920’s marimba I use. no order are Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, Steve Gadd, Jeff Porcaro, Vinny Colaiuta, Dennis CS: From whom, or from where do you find musical inspiration? Chambers, Steve Jordan, Neil Peart, John Bonham, Mitch Mitchell, Keith Moon, Carter JK: A couple of places. -I still lean on the old classic stuff —Jazz/Motown, 60’s, 70’s— anything that grooves and has a great feel to it. The second inspiration comes from a lot Beaufort – this list can go on and on. And we are fortunate that there are so many great local drummers still here or that have made their mark internationally now like Frank of the new cats coming up who have their own voice but were rooted in the same stuff. Briggs, John Dittreich, David Northrup. Another list I can keep going on! Nate Smith, Antonio Sanchez & Brian Blade are good examples of this – along with a CS: Please share a highlight or two from your career. plethora of up and coming rock drummers. JK: I’ve had a few cool things – winning music awards including SAMMYs, getting Lastly I look to the local music programs as asked to play on all kind of gigs. One very cool night at The Dinosaur BBQ a few years they promote music to a new generation back, Ben Mauro, a stellar local guitarist that made it big —from Lionel Richie, Cher, John and unselfishly help kids get into music. A Fogerty, Don Felder, etc.— played a whole night with The Dropouts to a packed house. good example is watching my son Kyle with We are lucky it was still standing after that! Sean Kelly, our guitarist, and an excellent one The Liverpool Marching Band and watching at that, plus Rolland Brunet on bass that night, Jeryl Payne on vocals and me on his instructors not only taking an interest in drums – lifted all of us to new musical heights! growing him and the other students CS: Please share a funny story from your career. musically, but also as people. And then JK: This may be read by kids too – so I’ll be selective! There’s probably a few. I did watching the kids blossom into great have a local newspaper have a blurb on an upcoming “formal” gig one of my bands was players over a season. Our local music playing a few years back. They used a photo of me from like 15 years prior in all my big teased hair spandex looking glory! Someone put the wrong pic in but I’m sure people wondered was type of event this was going to be! 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promoting themselves! The Horn Dog fans are a great example of this. We see tons of our followers travel dozens of miles to our gigs – some never miss a show! And when we are not playing, a large portion are out supporting other bands as well. We have some of the best audiences right here in CNY! CS: Near future plans for you and your music? JK: The Horn Dogs will be busy playing throughout the year all over CNY. If you like to dance and love the power of a horn band, check us out! Crooked Halo, my new classic rock band will also be out and about all around CNY this year as well! You will most likely see me out with other bands – duos – acoustic – electric, and on drums and percussion this year too! CS: How can we stay in touch with you and your music? JK: You can find me on Facebook where I always try to update people who are interested. Also, The Horn Dogs have a FaceBook page “The Horn Dogs Fan Club” that you can see and join for free! The Horn Dogs also have a website with complete details and schedule at www.thehorndogs.com. Crooked Halo also has a Facebook page. And never be a stranger – if you see me at one of my gigs or watching someone else’s, come on up and say “hi!” =============== =============== Brace yourself! Here comes the 2020 SAMMYs! The two day event is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, March 5 & 6, 2020. On Thursday, March 5, 2020, the SAMMY Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place Upstairs @ the Dino. The SAMMYS Award Show will be Friday, March 6, 2020, at the Palace Theatre on James Street in Syracuse. Tickets are currently on sale and you can find out full details at their website: www. syracuseareamusic.com. You can follow the “Syracuse Area Music Awards” on Facebook or Twitter @sammyawards and Instagram. Here is a list of nominees and performers:



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Derek Jeter: The Perfect Baseball Player I remember watching Derek Sanderson Jeter from the get-go. Something was different. He had IT. After a few meaningless games in 1995 and sitting on the bench in the postseason, Derek Jeter really started his baseball career the season after. Jeter hit a home run on Opening Day in Cleveland off Dennis Martinez on April 2, 1996. Plus, that over-the-shoulder catch on the same day off the bat of Omar Vizquel that looked like Willie Mays at shortstop. He won Rookie of the Year in 1996. .314 average and 183 hits. And then he proceeded to be unnerved in helping the Yanks to the World Series over Atlanta after being down 0-2. He hit .412 and .417 in the ALDS and ALCS, respectively, that season, and it all seemed so normal for him. But it wasn’t for us. This was far from normal. I still wasn’t sure. Not because I was only 17 and young and stupid. But because this couldn’t be real. You see, Don Mattingly was my guy growing-up. No one could top #23. This guy Jeter, I mean, this is one good year, right? He can’t be THIS perfect again and again and … Well, he was this perfect, from the first day to the last day at Fenway Park, where I was sitting in the bleachers on September 28, 2014. Yep, he got a hit in his final at-bat that day, a chopped grounder to third and he ran to first base as hard as ever because well, that was Derek Jeter right to the end. Fenway Park, of all places, gave him repeated standing ovations and Boston legends were there to salute #2. It was quite a job by the rivals. The incredible celebration was probably also helped by the fact that both teams weren’t playoffbound, which probably hurt Jeter the most. You see, Derek Jeter had a perfect baseball career and was a perfect baseball player. He never screwed-up on or off the field in New York City, on the biggest stage in the biggest media market playing in the biggest uniform of them all wearing the biggest logo of them all. He went about his business. Spring HUGE DAILY BUFFET Training games were World Series games. Mon-Thurs $ 95 Sure, the stakes were different. But his 11AM-8PM approach wasn’t. Maybe that’s how he did it. Maybe that’s how he did The Flip and became Mr. 228 HUNTLEY ROAD Off Route 57A (Off Rt 481) November. Maybe that’s how he homered off Bobby Jones in Game 4 of the 2000 PHOENIX, NY • 315.695.2245 World Series after the Mets had won Game www.PhoenixSportsRestaurant.com


3 and had all the momentum even with the Yanks up 2-1 in the Fall Classic. Maybe that’s how he won the All-Star Game and World Series MVP awards in the same year (2000), still the only player to do that. Maybe that’s how he flew into the stands a couple times near left field (LEFT FIELD!?!?) and caught the ball. Maybe it’s how he won five Gold Glove Awards while being called a terrible defensive shortstop by so many. Maybe it’s how he made second baseman better in the field. Maybe it’s how he carried his team in 2006 and got robbed of an AL MVP because of anti-Yankee bias. Maybe it’s On and off the field, Jeter was, well, Perfect. how he went 5-5 in Game 1 of the 2006 ALDS against Detroit with yours truly in the old park. Maybe it’s how he hit a home run for hit number 3,000 off of David Price at home with the pressure on as always. Oh, and then proceed to get another hit, a tie breaking single in the 8th inning to give his team a 5-4 win over the Rays on a 5-5 day. Maybe it’s how he got a hit in his last at-bat at Yankee Stadium, opposite way of course, a walk-off RBI and a win. Because, of course he did. -He’s Derek Jeter. Maybe it’s how he closed the old Yankee Stadium on the final day against Baltimore, where I sat way up behind home plate crying my eyes out listening to him tell us that there would be more memories across the street. Come on, Derek, more memories? Really? Like here, the same as they were here? And of course, maybe they weren’t the same. But as usual, Derek Jeter prepared the same in the new place and BOOM, the Yanks were World Series champs in 2009. Many remember it most as A-Rod carrying the team to a trophy or Hideki Matsui winning


Jeter was a Yankee. He was a Yankee through and through, playing in the big city for his favorite team of his youth, and no one handled it better.


World Series MVP or CC Sabathia leading the pitching staff or the bullpen crushing it led by the greatest of them all, Mariano Rivera. Remember what Jeter did that year in October?: Twenty two hits. -Hit .400 against Minnesota in the ALDS, and .407 in the World Series against Philadelphia. Six RBI. Three HR. That’s all. Pretty normal, right? I have often heard people say that Jeter would have been nothing outside of being a New York Yankee. So you are saying that if Houston would have taken him or Cincinnati would have taken him, he would have been nothing? I say he would have been Craig Biggio or Barry Larkin at worst. Those two guys are in the Hall of Fame. Instead, Jeter was a Yankee. He was a Yankee through and through, playing in the big city for his favorite team of his youth, and no one handled it better. He was the leader

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Five rings. Seven pennants. All the big moments. 3,465 hits, good for 6th all-time (only Rose-Cobb-Aaron-Musial-Speaker have more). Twelve .300 hitting seasons. Eight 200-hit seasons. On and on it goes. Derek Jeter did it right. Face of the Yanks and face of the game. And while he didn’t get into the Hall of Fame unanimously as a first ballot player and there was one person who felt like he didn’t belong, it really doesn’t matter because Derek Jeter was the perfect baseball player instead. Cya in Cooperstown, Captain. (ed. Mike Lindsley has been in sports media for 20 years. He is the host of the “ML Sports Platter” Podcast available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify. Follow him on Twitter @MikeLSports.)

He never screwed-up on or off the field in New York City, on the biggest stage in the biggest media market playing in the biggest uniform of them all wearing the biggest logo of them all. and captain and made everyone around him better. Beautiful girlfriends and everyone wanting a piece of him. Constant media and pressure. October after October of having to perform in front of the most demanding fan base in sports. The Internet fully coming of age. The start and explosion of social media. Derek Jeter played through all of this. Do you really think that anyone could have done this? Do you think Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth could have handled this in the same era? Do you think every single mid-market guy in MLB could do this? There aren’t many people who could have done this. Derek Jeter did it perfectly and handled himself on and off the field better than anyone.


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Parasite There were many pundits, myself included, who thought that Sam Mendes’ groundbreaking war epic 1917 was going to emerge victorious on Oscar night. As it turned out, however, Bong Joon-ho’s comedy, drama, thriller hybrid PARASITE had other plans. Not only did the South Korean masterpiece take home statuettes for Best International Film,

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and Best Original Screenplay, but also snagged Best Director, and became the first foreign language film to win Best Picture. PARASITE begins with an introduction to the destitute Kim family. Ki-taek, Chung-sook, Ki-jeong, and Ki-woo live in a basement apartment, folding food boxes for cash, shoplifting when they can, and pilfering Wi-Fi from their unsuspecting neighbors. Eager to earn money by any means necessary, Ki-woo jumps at the opportunity when a friend offers him the chance to take over his tutoring duties for the daughter of a wealthy businessman, Park Dong-ik. This seemingly innocuous beginning soon morphs into a diabolical scheme by the Kim’s to completely integrate themselves into the lavish lives of the Parks.

Joon-ho’s genre-bending exploration of status and power (ideals he also explored in his inexplicably underappreciated SNOWPIERCER) is hilariously funny in one moment, and shockingly dark in the next. The subtle evolution of the Kim clan is ingenious in its slow burn approach to duplicity. When we first meet the downtrodden quartet, we view them as a jovial group just trying to stay afloat in a financially demanding modern world. As an audience, we sympathize with their plight, and forgive them for their minor criminal indiscretions. Behind Joon-ho’s award-winning screenplay, and the brilliant performances by the remarkable cast, an alliance is forged with the viewer, laying a foundation of empathy that will be progressively tested with each passing scene. The juxtaposition between rich and poor is the prevailing theme of PARASITE, and the vast divide between the two is at the forefront of virtually every sequence. While the Parks have grown so accustomed to their wealth and power that The older Kim children stealing they almost seem to take it for granted, wifi whenever they can the Kims will do virtually anything to

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obtain the elite status of their targets. PARASITE is reminiscent of Hitchcock in style, tone, and storytelling, yet still emerges as an original and refreshing work of art. The stunning production design, particularly the Parks’ home, adds a level of beauty and mystery that evolves into a character in its own right. The secrets it holds unfurls with increasing clarity, leaving us constantly wondering what could possibly happen next. It is one of the many reasons that PARASITE went home on Oscar night with a handful of hardware, and solidified its place in the annals of cinematic history. PARASITE- A Currently available on Blu-ray.

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The Write Stuff by NANCY ROBERTS

Bicentennial Abroad A Declaration of Independence Bicentennial Abroad A Declaration of Independence by Donald Moriarty O’Leary Would you like a hint of what it was like to come of age in the Age of Aquarius? Meet a character who would have cheerfully hopped aboard a vessel bound for “not sure, we’ll know when we get there?” Learn what the Outward Bound program teaches you about adventure and selfreliance? Get to know the story of an author you might very well run into on a pub crawl right here in Syracuse? Then you’ll want to pick up this book. Ask me what genre it is, and I’d be challenged: memoir, coming-of-age story, travelogue, family history, Irish roots. All that, yet not any one of them – more a unique mix that follows the trail of a young man’s adventures as he pieces together the years he spent from high school, into college, and on as he travels the world seeking the indefinable “something” we’re all certain is out there when we have the assurance, enthusiasm, and resilience of youth. Donald Moriarty O’Leary —blessed with a name that makes clear his heritage, and conjures up one of the great characters of literature— didn’t set out on his adventures with an eye toward writing a book. In fact, he’ll tell you that as part of the Outward Bound experience, students were expected to keep a daily journal, something he often found difficult to accomplish following a day of rock climbing, bee stings, sleeping in the wilderness, and learning to survive. But perhaps it was that journal, and the taste for exploration that Outward Bound fostered, that ultimately led O’Leary to take the time to reconstruct his story and share it with us in this, his first book. Within a few pages we can be fairly sure that O’Leary is everyone’s favorite idea of a loquacious, funny, energetic Irish kid from Tipperary Hill. He fulfills our romantic notions of the Irish love of a beer, good friends, a laugh, and an interest in both the everyday

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Tales from the Vine


Getting a Better Understanding of Wine Some people are so serious about wine that the pleasure’s gone. Others say things about wine which aren’t true. Here are the basics on wine simply explained.

1. Making wine

The making of wine is not easy to explain. In France they say there are as many wines as vineyards. Each winemaker gives his personal touch before, during and after the vinification process. Each of the below aspects has its influence on the taste and quality of the wine : * The selection of the land plot * The climate (and the date of harvest) * The selection of the grape variety * The type of fermentation tanks or casks * The temperature during fermentation * The duration of fermentation * The type of casks in which the wine ripens Nobody can pretend there is only one single way of making wine. This fact contributes to the charm of wine and is also the cause of the enormous diversity in wines. Winemaking demands “savoir-faire” and experience. A winemaker is not only a craftsman, but also an artist. The following aspects give an idea of what winemaking involves : 1. Planting (or grafting) the grapevine 2. Developing the racemes 3. Harvesting the grapes 4. Destemming* and crushing the grapes in a stainless steel container 5. Alcoholic fermentation of the must 6. “Maceration” : building of taste and colour* 7. Raking 8. “Malolactic” fermentation 9. Riping 10. Bottling 11. Tasting * : mainly for red wine


Must : this is the juice obtained by crushing the grapes Alcoholic fermentation : the juice becomes wine by the natural influence of yeasts which transforms sugar into alcohol Maceration : the solids, the “pomace”, like skin, stems and seeds, give their taste and colour to the must Raking : the “pomace” and the must are separated. The must becomes “vin de goutte”, the “pomace” becomes “vin de presse” “Malolactic” fermentation : by the working of natural bacteria, the sharp “malic” acids are transformed in flexible and stable lactic acids Ripening : the wine is filtered and transferred to casks in order to stabilize and come to perfection. RED WINE

Crushing and destemming

The grapes arriving in the cellar are crushed and destemmed. The fruits free their juice and pulp. The must obtained that way is put in a tank to go through the process of fermentation.

Alcoholic fermentation

The fermentation tanks are generally oak barrels or stainless steel tanks, sometimes continued on pg 16

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Getting a Better Understanding of Wine continued from pg 15 concrete or enamelled steel. Fermentation is a natural process. Yeasts present in grapes (however the addition of selected yeasts is generalizing) change the sugar contained in the must in alcohol and carbonic gas. The winemaker assists the action of the yeasts by maintaining the temperature around 25 to 30°C and ventilating the must regularly. Under 25°C the wine will not have enough body, above 30°C, the wine will be to tannic. The fermentation process goes on for 4 to 10 days.

wine is the result of the fermentation of the juice of white grapes juice only. b. The second method is more complex. One uses the juice of a red grape variety cleared of its skin and pips, with which it may absolutely not get in contact as they contain the colouring substances. It is possible to get white wine this way but it is seldom done.

This is the period during which the tannic elements and the colour of the skin diffuse in the fermented juice. The contact between the liquid (must) and the solid elements (skin, pips and sometimes stems) will give body and colour to the wine. At this stage, complex operations will prove the talent of the winemaker (dissolution, extraction, excretion, diffusion, decoction, infusion). For “vins primeurs” or “vins nouveaux” (new wines) the maceration is very short, the wines are supple and contain little tannin. Wines destined to be kept long need a lot of tannin, so the maceration can be long. It goes on for several days, maybe several weeks.

Preparation of the must :


Time is counted :

Immediately after their arrival in the cellar, the grapes are crushed but not destemmed. The juice (free run must) is sent to settle in containers. The rest of the grapes is pressed as quickly as possible. Air is the enemy of white wine. At its contact the wine oxidizes or becomes coloured. The must from pressing is added to the free run must. After six to twelve hours the particles and impurity of the grape separate from the must and float on the surface. They are removed by raking the must. The must is ready to be clarified. The clarified juice is poured in a tank, ready to ferment.

Alcoholic fermentation :

White wine results of the fermentation of must only. No solids (stems, skin, pips, ...) intervene. The control of the temperature is essential. It Raking has to be maintained around 18° C. The The wine is separated from the solids, the pomace. The wine obtained by raking is winemaker regularly cools the must to allow the called “free run wine” (vin de goutte). yeast to work correctly. The pomace is pressed in order to extract the juice it still contains. This wine is called The fermentation goes on for two to three “press wine” (vin de presse). It is richer in tannin. weeks. The winemaker daily checks the evolution Depending on the winemaker target or the local habit, free run wine and press wine of the process. are blended or treated separately. When fermentation is over, the wine is put Malolactic fermentation in casks and raked, just like a red wine then it is It is the process during which the malic acid of wine changes into lactic acid and carbottled. bonic gas under the action of bacteria naturally present in the wine. Malic acid is harsh, it Winemakers often choose oak casks which is changed into supple and stable lactic acid. give the wine the tannin it needs, but it will not This fermentation is obtained in a tank during a few weeks at a temperature between be sufficient. Tannin is the essential element for 18° and 20°C. aging. It is why white wine does not keep as long Stabilisation Since 1972 as red wine. The vinification is finOn the other hand white wines present a ished but the wine is not. larger variety of tastes : very dry, dry, semi-dry, mellow, syrupy, petillant, sparkling, To be able to age and to Fine Dining improve the wine must be madeirized, ... White wine can be drunk on any occasion : before, with or after a meal, and even clarified again. After that between meals. the beverage will be put White wines are often considered as aperitif wines, sometimes as dessert wines. Many in oak casks where it will people like to drink white wine in hot weather. Its refreshing qualities are indeed very stabilize. well known. White wine is served fresh but not chilled. The diversity of red wine WHY WINE DOES NOT TURN INTO VINEGAR ? is such that it can go with Sulfur dioxide, in spite of its barbaric name, is an element indispensable for the quality any type of food. But you of the wine. must absolutely not conIt is composed of sulfur and oxygen. Fermentation naturally produces a small amount clude from this that all red Let us take care of your rehearsal dinner or small of it. wines are identical. Winemakers add more to the wine. Sulfur dioxide is to wine what aspirin is to human WHITE WINE wedding reception with our award winning culinary beings: the miraculous remedy which cures all sort of diseases and avoids others. White wine is not really team featuring certified executive chef and owner Sulfur dioxide is a bactericide which prevents wine from changing into vinegar. It inwhite but in fact yellow. But Christopher Cesta! hibits the action of yeasts : it is why sweet wines do not go on fermenting after bottling. the expression being uniOn top of that it is an anti-oxidizer. It allows wine to keep all its freshness and avoids versal one says of a yellow its alteration by its enemy : the oxygen. wine that it is white. Vinification of white wine 2. Storing and serving wine and food-wine guidelines is more delicate than vinifiThe most important thing is to store wine in a lying position so the cork is always cation of red wine. wet. This prevents the cork from drying up and the bottle from getting air which would Two methods exist to mean the oxidation of the wine. This however is only crucial if we store wines for longer make white wine : periods of time. a. The first one is to use Another important aspect is the temperature at which we store wine. This white grape (which is in temperature should be around 12-14°C. The access of light into the cellar should be fact green, greenish yellow, limited and best avoided completely. 2290 W. GENESEE TPK (RT. 5) • CAMILLUS, NY golden yellow or pinkish The ripening of wine in home cellars is a hobby for real wine lovers. Just imagine the 315.672.3166 • www.inn-between.com yellow!). That way the white magic of the moment we serve of bottle of fully mature, carefully stored wine awaited

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Computers & the Web by NANCY ROBERTS

Thoroughly Un-Modern Me What do we not do, or do differently, than we did 20, even 10 years ago? The thought has crossed my mind more than once (a day) as I find myself handling life so very differently than I did as a student, or young adult. This is hardly new. Surely every generation has watched as the world of their childhood crumbled in the face of modern technology. People born in the early part of the 20th century would have seen travel change from walking and horse-drawn vehicles to automobiles and airplanes, and probably lived to see a man walk on the moon and sailing ships become the toys of rich people. But when I thought I’d lost my phone the other day I had to laugh: “Lost my phone? Once upon a time it was wired to the house and wasn’t going anywhere!” And then it was “Where’s the extension?” when the phones were wireless – but soon enough you could “beep” the phone from the “base station.” But think: you don’t carry an appointment book because your calendar,

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contacts, and daily schedule are on your phone. Your Fitbit or other wearable device might remind you to work out, take your medications, or keep you company on a daily walk. Your Bluetooth headset will play music for you and you can shout at Alexa to add bananas to your shopping list or start a timer for the eggs. You can carry the equivalent of a section of the library with you on your tablet computer, and your Kindle or other reading app will “learn” how fast you read, keep your place, record comments you might have (as well as show you highlights other people have made on passages of a book), and most online “magazines” will tell you how many minutes it will be to read a particular passage. I talked with a friend the other day about photos – we were commenting that at a moment’s notice we could capture a sunset or a dog being funny, no equipment required, no training, no hours in the darkroom or even with a photo editor, cropping, fixing, adjusting the light. It’s saved – and marked with the date, time and location, instantaneously. A lot of this is good, and beneficial, and opens us to expanding horizons, new ideas, and frees up time to do other things. But, utterly butchering a William F. Buckley quote: “Sometimes you just have to stand athwart history and shout hey, wait a minute!” With any advances, it’s fair to ask the question: what’s the trade-off? What do I lose for what I get? With just about everything, we’ve gained speed but sacrificed care, thought, planning, detail and determination. We’ve lowered the barriers to entry, but we’ve lowered the barriers to entry (you just have to think about that one). We’ve made enormous strides in medicine and the biological sciences, but as we watch this new virus spread, we have to wonder if tinkering with nature is the smartest thing we’ve ever done. We’ve increased our access to information enormously, but lost our ability to remember such simple details as phone numbers, directions, and “who played Rhett Butler?” sorts of facts and figures. We can express our opinions across the world with the tap of an “enter” key, but do we listen and consider? Most alarming to me is one consequence we likely never expected: when we thought about “thought control,” we typically considered limitation to information. Book banning, government censorship, single source news. While some of that is indeed going on, it’s


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not from a Central Authority that our censorship is likely to spring – it’s other people, empowered by their ability to have their ideas endorsed and amplified through the Internet, who seek to limit our speech and ideas. And whether our “good old days” of trusted sources of information (the encyclopedia, dictionary, text books, and nightly news) may have been a Fool’s Paradise, we nevertheless have even less reason to feel secure in our sources now. And while we fret about biased news reporting and even edit wars on Wikipedia, we can also be lulled into believing that the band of Citizen Journalists patrolling with cell phones (the catchphrase now isn’t “get your camera out of my face,” but “get your phone out of my face!”) will show us “what really happened,” as we have seen with recent cases, something as simple as a different angle on the same scene show us an utterly different story. I’m the first to admit that I have embraced technology enthusiastically, and have usually been among the early adopters of much of it. But I am resisting sealing myself off in my online life, airbrushing the signs of time out of all of my photos and carrying a “selfie stick” around with me to capture myself having an impossibly great life while missing the thing I’m showing myself doing, and having conversations with my phone while my friends sit and talk to theirs. I’ve gone back to reading a book at the end of the day rather than checking my phone, and I test my memory at least a few minutes before resorting to Google. I watched a short video the other day —which I realize is contradicting the very argument I’m making— dedicated to testing those easy and amazing and perfect recipes we see created in triple speed on someone’s YouTube channel. The man making the video wanted to see if you really could make a scrumptious dessert by melting down Gummie Bears (he couldn’t) or whipping ice cream into a light and fluffy frosting for a cake (nope). It was amusing, and it was enlightening. I concluded: cookbooks are good; if it seems too good to be true it probably is; there’s no need to make everything look perfect and amazing for the Internet; doing something the “old fashioned” way can actually be fun. And it most likely works, too!


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Enhance Your Facial Features With Semi-Permanent Make-Up Make-up has been around since the ancient Egyptians, where as well as wearing it for cosmetic reasons, they used it for health and protection. In those times, both men and women used natural things to colour their skin. They used; Kohl - which was either lead sulphide, amorphous carbon or organic charcoal for an eyeliner, or a green mineral powder called malachite for make-up on the eyes. Red ochre - to stain the lips and nails. Henna - to stain the fingertips and toes. These days, many women apply make-up; some to enhance their features, or to look and feel more glamorous, others wear it to cover up their imperfections. Applying make-up might be difficult if you’re short-sighted or you might just want to have more time in your day. It takes a lot of training, skill and practise for a beauty technician to produce the best results, as applying permanent and semi-permanent cosmetics is a highly skilled craft. Everyone has unique facial features, face structure and skin tone, which can influence the treatment in different ways.

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Get back your youthful lip shape Enhance and define your lips Spend less time reapplying lipstick after drinking and eating. Keep up your favourite colour and shade. Make your lips look thicker and fuller by creating symmetry. Trying to achieve beautifully shaped full lips with a lip liner and lipstick can sometimes be a challenge. It’s time-consuming with constant re-applications throughout the day. Everyone wants lovely looking lips with a healthy blush of colour. Semi-permanent lip liner means no smeared lipstick on your teeth, or colour bleeding into the lip lines. Semi-permanent make-up is subtle and natural looking and doesn’t wash away, smudge or disappear. The colour can last for many years but the vibrancy will begin to fade over time. The make-up pigment stays in the dermis, but it’s also influenced by several things, including skin tones, environmental factors and sun exposure. The amount and the colour of pigment applied, can affect how long semi-permanent make-up looks its best on the skin. Natural subtle applications are more likely to need a touch-up before more darker, dramatic ones.

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Business of Interest by NANCY ROBERTS

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Theresa Forger, owner and eshetician at Face First of CNY

You know the old saying about getting handed lemons and turning them into lemonade? Let’s make it even better: you’re given a challenge, and you turn that challenge into your life’s work – and make things more beautiful at the same time. Theresa Forger is the owner and esthetician at Face First of CNY. “I dealt with acne problems for a long time,” she explains, “and I wanted to find a solution. Skin care became my passion.” Forger augmented her own painstaking study of skin care with medical training, and investigated and studied everywhere she could – from Toronto to Montreal, Virginia, Colorado, Boston, and throughout New York State, looking to find the best ways to improve and beautify skin. “I searched to find solutions for my own skin,” she says, “and along the way found I really

had a passion for helping other people with theirs.” Forger’s interest in skin care extends far beyond correcting acne. Her methods and skills encompass healing, scar correction, smoothing and anti-aging toning and tightening. She soon opened CNY Laser for hair and skin and Everybody’s Different Day Spa, and has more recently begun working as a solo Skin Therapist in the business she calls Face First of CNY. Among the procedures she offers is a new and revolutionary lifting and tightening treatment called LIFT. The technique works by penetrating the skin with ultrasound energy, which stimulates collagen production in the deep dermal and sub-dermal levels. It does this by, oddly enough, causing injury to that tissue. But the key is controlled injury. Because as the tissue heals, the skin actually increases its collagen. As the collagen fibers organize and shorten, the result is beautiful: smoother, tighter appearing skin. The treatment also has the effect of tightening the muscle layer under the skin, for an even more lifted, youthful, healthy appearance. Forger began her study of skin esthetics in the days before the Internet, so her knowledge is both broad and deep. She offers a range of options to suit skin problems of most types – providing the highest quality individual and unique personal care possible. “Whether you consider your skin to be a problem area, or simply want to look refreshed and rejuvenated,” Forger says, “I want to provide you the best possible care to uncover both your inner and outer beauty.” To learn more about Face First treatments, or to book an appointment, visit https:// www.facefirstofcny.com/ , where you can also view stunning before and after photos. You can also contact Theresa by phone (texts preferred): 315-952-5452. Theresa Forger is truly dedicated to the esthetics of skin – and it shows!

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At The Euclid Family Restaurant you will find a lot of delicious recipes, not the least of which is their recipe for a great dining experience. The ingredients are actually quite simple: take equal parts fantastic food, friendly staff, and incredible prices and then add a dash of friendly conversation, and sprinkle with ice cold drinks and serve in a warm and cozy atmosphere. The Euclid Family Restaurant has absolutely perfected this recipe! Since 1908 the Euclid has been located at the corner of Morgan Road and Route 31 at 4285 State Route, ¼ mile from Great Northern Mall and close to all of the shopping on Route 31. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11 am to 9:30 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm, and on Sunday from noon to 8 pm. For those that don’t know, the Euclid has the

best slow roasted prime rib in town and they serve it every day! This tender cut of beef is roasted to perfection every day at the Euclid and you can pick from the 9 oz. house cut, the 12 oz. queen cut, or the 16 oz. king cut. Have you noticed that some places come and go while others stand the test of time? The Euclid has been a part of Central New York for over 200 years. The Euclid is one of the cool hidden historical gems of our area. Built in 1817 and changing to accommodate the times and customers the Euclid had been a restaurant and an inn, and they proudly boast that it is the oldest establishment in town that is still being used for its original purpose! How have they been a success while others have not? The Euclid has found the simple answer: treat your customers like family, keep your prices fair, and above all else, serve fantastic food! I think that most people would agree that after a long, hard day at work (or shopping or even just watching Netflix) nothing beats the taste of a home cooked meal. The only thing better than that home cooked goodness is when you don’t have to cook it yourself or even do the dishes! The Euclid specializes in comfort food and have daily specials featuring some of their favorites! On Monday enjoy a scrumptious Pork Dinner and on Tuesdays they have two specials to choose from: the huge 24 oz. Cattleman’s Cut Prime Rib or homemade Chicken and Biscuits. The Wednesday specials are all you can eat! Choose between the mouth watering All You Can Eat Southern Fried Chicken which includes French fries and coleslaw or hot veggies and the All You Can Eat Sauerbraten served with red cabbage and egg noodles. If you believe that one dish of pasta is just never enough then you certainly don’t want to miss Thursday’s special of All You Can Eat Pasta! Choose from spaghetti or shells served with your choice of two meatballs or one sausage. Head to the Euclid on Friday if you are a fish fanatic or observing Lent and delight your taste buds with the Euclid Fish Fry served with French fries and coleslaw. They also have two Sunday specials; choose from All You Can Eat Sauerbraten served with red cabbage and egg noodles or Chicken and Biscuits. The Euclid also boasts a great kiddie korner menu for the little ones, a seniors menu for those that are young at heart, and even a low carb menu for those trying to keep an eye on their waistline! Kyle and I arrived on a bustling Friday night. We were immediately greeted by the friendly staff and seated at a cozy table. Our server Becca was super friendly and knowledgeable, she kept our drinks full and even helped me answer my burning question of whether I wanted the perch or the walleye (spoiler alert: I picked the perch!). For an appetizer we decided to split the pretzel with jalapeno cheese. It was a huge warm Bavarian style pretzel served on a decorative stand with a side of slightly spicy but mighty tasty jalapeno cheese. It was enough to share and I highly recommend ordering this appetizer! We also split the Euclid fried combo with a boat load of the best fried mushrooms ever, three golden delicious cheese sticks, 6 continued on pg 24

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Euclid continued from pg 22

The Euclid’s famous chocolate pie is the perfect way to end the evening! perfectly fried onion rings, and 3 chicken fingers that would give any other restaurant a run for their money when it comes to the title of best chicken tenders in town! We also both enjoyed our fresh and crispy garden salad and warm rolls served before our entrées. For our entrées I decided on the Lake Perch Dinner, a generous helping of fried lake perch that were sweet and tender and a side of scrumptious French fries. The perch was absolutely perfect with just a squeeze of lemon! Kyle couldn’t help but order the King Cut Prime Rib. As always this perfectly seasoned, slow roasted prime rib was nothing short of exceptional! For dessert we always like to choose something homemade



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Invest in Your Health Right Now Have you made the best investment of your life yet? No matter your age or what shape you are in, investing in your health is one of the most important investments you can make. After all, your body will be around a lot longer than that fancy car, expensive handbag, or the coolest new technology. Here’s the thing about being healthy – it isn’t always the cheapest option. Choosing to cook a nutritious dinner for yourself will usually cost more than a drive-through burger. Paying for a gym membership will cost more than, well, not paying for a gym membership. What you may not realize is that spending cash now to be healthy can end up saving you a lot of money down the road. Instead of taking medicine later, start taking care of your body now.

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Invest in Your Health Right Now continued from pg 25 2. Get yourself tested: Most of the diseases nowadays are due to lifestyle and are not hereditary. Meaning, the food that you eat and drink in addition to other unhealthy habits can have an impact on your health in the coming years. The causes of diseases may vary, but a healthy diet and active lifestyle are a huge factor. Get all your tests done. Cholesterol, sugar levels, vitamin D, vitamin B12, protein etc. Find out what is insufficient and deficient in your body and build a custom plan for what your body needs. 3. Don’t be ignorant: Get educated! Once you know where your health stands you can start investing in your health. Invest time in educating yourself about various foods and exercise programs that will be beneficial to your body, mind and soul. 4. Get a good night’s rest: People sleep best when they go to bed and rise at or around the same time each day. It’s amazing how good we can feel after a good night’s rest. Our bodies build new cells and has the ability to heal itself in many ways. 5. Invest in a gym membership: Physical inactivity has been consistently associated with an increased risk of premature death. It is also associated with a greater risk of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. I’m sure you’ve heard that sitting is the new smoking. Even if your job requires you to be at a desk for hours at a time, make a point to get up and move around. Our bodies are designed to move! 6. Preventive care: If you invest in your health today, you are fighting and preventing future diseases. Prevention in this case requires a health routine like exercise, a healthy diet, an adequate amount of sleep, decreased stress levels, and regular health check-ups. 7. Invest in mental and spiritual health: Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel,


and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Make time each day to focus on things that make you happier and healthier. 8. Build and maintain relationships: Make time for friends. It’s good for your health! Friends can help you celebrate good times and provide support during bad times. Friends prevent loneliness and provide the much-needed companionship that is essential for our overall well-being.

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9. Learn to manage stress: These days, stress is a part of our everyday lives. Excess stress is harmful to our health. Stress occurs when you perceive that demands placed on you (such as work, school or relationships) exceed your ability to cope. An extreme amount of stress can result in a variety of health consequences and take a severe emotional toll. Find balance in both your personal and work life. 10. Exercise: Exercise benefits your mind and your body. Even a twenty-minute walk, run, or swim can result in an immediate effect that can last for several hours.

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There is no better investment than in your health! Being an active participant in your health maximizes your chances of living a long, healthy, and productive life. Good health is the greatest blessing of life. Act. Don’t sit there waiting. If you want to change your eating habits, do something about it. Go to the grocery store. Go organic. Cook your food. Prepare meals for work. Quit smoking and alcohol abuse. If you want to be fit. Join a gym. Walk with a friend on your lunch break. Find a workout partner that will help keep you motivated. Remember, tomorrow is promised to no one. Invest in your health now.


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The App Is Your Map! Throughout many of my articles, I mention a phone app called Untappd and it has come to my attention, that readers of Brew Time might not actually know what the app is all about! Therefore, this month’s article is all about a couple of apps that one might find useful to use during their craft beer adventures. Untappd is an app that any Apple or Android user can install on their smartphone. I personally have an Android Google phone and I just go into my Google app store and search for it there. The download only takes a few minutes and then you’re on your way to having all things craft beer right at your fingertips. You’ll have to set up an account to get started, set your user name and preferences, perhaps upload a “profile picture” and search for friends. On your homepage, there are several things to explore. You can search for nearby venues and watering holes to grab a brew, check out upcoming events, look at stats for trending beers and locations, find top rated beers and breweries, and peruse the global feed of other users and their brews of choice from around the world. And don’t miss the “Need A Ride?” feature which will automatically connect you with an Uber directly from the app itself for those nights out where perhaps we’ve gotten a little tipsier than we anticipated. On your profile page, you’ll be able to see your personal activity – a photo log, your beer log, recent activity, etc. And it all flows like a newsfeed from most recent to least

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The App Is Your Map! continued from pg 28 and you always have the option to edit your check-ins later on. Many of our local restaurants, breweries and bars utilize the app as well and keep their “on tap” lists current and up to date, so that you can see what’s on the menu before you even step foot in the establishment. There is also an option to see where a particular beer can be found in a grocery store, convenience store, or at a bottle shop too. The Map feature shows you venues and breweries that are in your vicinity, and links you to their menu, events, and to their pages where you can “subscribe” to their notifications. You also have a notifications tab where you’ll find three subcategories of “activity,” “venues,” and “news.” Activity is mostly all about you and your friends. Instead of a “like” (ie. Facebook) your friends can “toast” your check-ins (and you theirs), and those notifications will show up here. Venues is a feed about all the venues or breweries that you choose to follow – these include events that the establishments host, when a new beer is added to their tap list or can list, etc. The News tab is all badge and Untappd related happenings. For instance, today, 2/24, as I write this article, the big news that came out today is that Beer Advocate and Untappd are joining forces! Which, in the beer world, is a fairly substantial announcement! I find that over the many years and many cities and countries and breweries I’ve visited, I enjoy having a beer “scrapbook” of sorts. I like having a reference and I like to see how my palate has changed over the years. I also enjoy finding a brew I haven’t had in a great while, seeing what I wrote about it the last time I had it, and if I like it any more or less or if I’ve found different notes of different flavors in the beer this time around. I use it to help me write my articles and reference my own notes so that I can bring you, the readers of Brew Time, accurate depictions of the brews themselves. I also use it in my personal life to help me suggest specific beers to friends or family members who might be looking for something in particular. The other app that I have installed on my phone is the New York State Brewers Association (NYSBA) app, Think New York, Drink New York. There’s a boatload of information in this app including upcoming festivals, breweries nearby, brewery maps, shopping, tours, news, top rated brews, and, my favorite, the Passport, which you virtually stamp in the app, when you’re on site at a particular brewery itself. (It won’t work if you’re not detected by GPS coordinates, so you can never stamp your passport retroactively!) The fun thing about stamping your passport, is that once you gain different levels of stamps you can literally turn them in for actual tangible prizes! 35 stamps will get you a 100% NYS Beer Soap, 60 stamps will get you a NYSBA T-shirt, all the way up to the ultimate – 300 stamps that will get you 2 VIP tickets to all of the NYSBA festivals. The catch here is that you can’t stamp your passport twice at the same brewery – once only, but your stamps never expire, they just continue to add up. I keep this app next to my Untappd app on my phone screen so that I remember to stamp my passport while I log my beers when I’m out and about. All that said, I hope you’ll join me in my craft beer logging fun! It’s just one more way to become immersed in the craft beer scene and make it more of a personalized experience. My username on Untappd is Merritka12; hope to see your friend request pop up soon! Cheers!

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Bill Ali Turning Stone Motif Bar, Verona The Blacklites Club 11, Syracuse Dance Floor Riot Turning Stone @ The Gig, Verona Dangerous Type Sharkey’s, Liverpool Hairball del Lago Resort & Casino, Waterloo Jordan Davis w/ Hailey Whitters Turning Stone Showroom, Verona Letizia & the Z Band Blue Spruce Lounge, Liverpool Lisa Lee Duo Bistro 197, Oswego Mark Nanni Brae Loch Inn, Cazenovia Ménage A Soul David’s Hideaway, Central Square Mike Farrar/Justin DeAmbra Duo Sand Bar Grill, Constantia Pinky Western Ranch Motor Inn, Lakeland Six String Crossing Turning Stone Tin Rooster, Verona Steve Laureti Turning Stone Steakhouse, Vernon Tobacco Roaders Rocky’s Pub, Liverpool

Saturday, March 21

Dance Floor Riot Turning Stone @ The Gig, Verona Flatface & The Shemp-Dells Dock’s Grill, Clay Gonstamachers Valley Blues House, Syracuse GP Unplugged Turning Stone Motif Bar, Verona

Grit N Grace Nothin’ Fancy Country Rock Saloon, Vernon Hold The Air Rocky’s Pub, Liverpool Jake Dodds Turning Stone Tin Rooster, Verona Lisa Lee Band Dinosaur Barbeque, Syracuse Mothercover David’s Hideaway, Central Square Primetime Blue Spruce Lounge, Liverpool Ronnie Leigh Turning Stone Steakhouse, Vernon Scotty & The Cool Rules Western Ranch Motor Inn, Lakeland Tiger & Mike Place Pasta’s on the Green, Baldwinsville

Sunday, March 22

Acoustic Open Mic w/ Mike Farrar Dock’s Grill, Clay Ajeet Kaur Auburn Public Theater, Auburn ESP Finger Lakes on Tap, Skaneateles Grit N Grace Hotel Solsville, Madison Home of the Blues Jam (every Sunday 7pm) Valley Blues House, Syracuse Jazz Jam (every Sunday 3-5) Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown Miss Tess & The Talkbacks Nelson Odeon, Nelson

Monday, March 23

Graduating Life w/ King of Heck, Closure & Northwoods Wendigo Lost Horizon, Syracuse KennaDee Dinosaur BBQ, Syracuse Pearly Baker’s Best (Dead tribute) Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

Tuesday, March 24

Bob Weir & Wolf Bros Landmark Theatre, Syracuse The Lovetones Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

Wednesday, March 25

Andrea Miceli & Friends Marriott Syracuse Downtown Jackie & Dave Roadside Inn, West Eaton Young Guv w/ The Thrill, Siren’s Image & Big School Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

Thursday, March 26

Kameron Marlow Turning Stone Motif Bar, Verona Kevin Alexander Turning Stone Steakhouse, Vernon Saves the Day Lost Horizon, Syracuse West End Blend w/ Riley Mahan Trio

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

Friday, March 27

3 Inch Fury David’s Hideaway, Central Square Bill Ali Turning Stone Motif Bar, Verona Driftwood w/ The Old Main Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown The Electric Light Orchestra Experience (tribute) Stanley Theater, Utica Jam Theory Sharkey’s, Liverpool Ladies of Soul Turning Stone Turquoise Tiger, Verona Lisa Lee Duo The Wag Inn, Fulton Mark Nanni Turning Stone Steakhouse, Vernon Mark Zane Moondog’s Lounge, Auburn McArdell & Westers Brae Loch Inn, Cazenovia Pinky Western Ranch Motor Inn, Lakeland REV Turning Stone @ The Gig, Verona Riley Green Turning Stone Showroom, Verona Steve Leslie sings James Taylor Cortland Repertory Theatre, Cortland TJ Sacco Band Blue Spruce Lounge, Liverpool

Saturday, March 28

Al Di Meola Center for the Arts, Homer Driftwood w/ Mike Powell Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown Gridley Paige Turning Stone @ The Gig, Verona Isreal Hagan Turning Stone Steakhouse, Vernon Lisa Lee Duo Dominick’s Pub & Grub, Central Square Matt Grainger Turning Stone Motif Bar, Verona Mike McDonald Western Ranch Motor Inn, Lakeland Pop Rox Blue Spruce Lounge, Liverpool Rhythm Method Turning Stone Turquoise Tiger, Verona Styx del Lago Resort & Casino, Waterloo Viral David’s Hideaway, Central Square Zac Brown Band Tribute Turning Stone Tin Rooster, Verona

Sunday, March 29

Acoustic Open Mic w/ Mike Farrar Dock’s Grill, Clay ALASH Nelson Odeon, Nelson


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LOCAL MUSIC & EVENTS Free Bluegrass Sunday w/ Beg, Steal or Borrow Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown Home of the Blues Jam (every Sunday 7pm) Valley Blues House, Syracuse Jackie & Dave Nothin’ Fancy Country Rock Saloon, Vernon Jazz Jam (every Sunday 3-5) Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown Lisa Lee Trio The Nest Tavern, Apulia Station Nuclear Ukulele Auburn Public Theater, Auburn Edgar Pagan’s GPL Finger Lakes on Tap, Skaneateles Open Mic Valley Blues House, Syracuse

Monday, March 30

Pearly Baker’s Best (Dead tribute) Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

Tuesday, March 31

Leading Ladies: hosted by Jessica Brown Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

Karaoke Sunday, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Karaoke w/ Shakespeare Singers, Syracuse

Monday, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Karaoke w/ DJ Smegie Singers, Syracuse

Tuesday, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Karaoke w/ DJ Streets Singers, Syracuse

Wednesday, March 4, 11, 18, 25 Karaoke w/ DJ Tanner Singers, Syracuse

Thursday, March 5, 12, 19, 26 Karaoke (25¢ Wings) David’s Hideaway, Central Square Karaoke w/ DJ Chill Singers, Syracuse

Friday, March 6, 13, 20, 27

Happy Hour Karaoke w/ Holly Berlin Singers, Syracuse Karaoke w/ Scott & DJ DNA Singers, Syracuse

Saturday, March 7, 14, 21, 28

Karaoke w/ Jukebox Joel & DJ Kush Singers, Syracuse

Thursday, March 12

St Patrick’s Karaoke David’s Hideaway, Central Square

Friday, March 13

Karaoke Night! Cortland Repertory Theatre, Cortland Karaoke Night Rocky’s Pub, Liverpool


Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

Sunday, March 22

Comedy Night Valley Blues House, Syracuse

Tuesday, March 3 & Wed., March 4

Tuesday, March 24 - Thurs., March 26

Dale Jones & Keifer Thompson del Lago Resort & Casino, Waterloo

Wednesday, March 4

ISMO Funny Bone, Syracuse

Wednesday, March 4, 11, 18, 25

Ben Kissel Funny Bone, Syracuse

Saturday, March 7

Tuesday, March 3

Westcott Street Karate Wescott Community Center, Syracuse

Thursday, March 5

CATS Stanley Theater, Utica

Friday, March 6 – Sunday, March 8

Timothy Schmidt performs Classical Guitar Park Central Presbyterian Church, Syracuse

Monday, March 9

Open Figure Drawing Wescott Community Center, Syracuse

Friday, March 13 & Saturday, March 14

Jay Leno del Lago Resort & Casino, Waterloo Kreeps with Kids: Comedy Tour w/ Robert Kelly, Ron Bennington, Rich Vos & Jim Florentine Cray Turning Stone Showroom, Verona

Symphor!a Presents: the music of Verdi, Paganini, Nazaykinskaya & Mendelssohn (7:30pm) Civic Center, Syracuse

Wednesday, March 11

Celtic Woman (3:00pm) Civic Center, Syracuse

Broadway in Syracuse Presents: Riverdance (7:30pm) Civic Center, Syracuse

Wednesday, March 25

Ronald Caravan, clarinet; Sar-Shalom Strong, piano Park Central Presbyterian Church, Syracuse

Thursday, March 26 - Sunday, April 5 Fences Red House Arts Center, Syracuse

Friday, March 27

Michael Carbonaro: magic and improv del Lago Resort & Casino, Waterloo

Julie McKinstry, voice; Kevin Moore, piano; Ian Gallacher, violin perform Classical music Park Central Presbyterian Church, Syracuse

Friday, March 27 & Sat., March 28

Chris Porter Funny Bone, Syracuse

Amadeus Syracuse Stage

That Comedy Show w/ Paul Kozlowski, Mark Brazill, Joel Madison & Martin Franks Auburn Public Theater, Auburn

The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy (presented by Phoenix H.S.) Civic Center, Syracuse


Adam Sandler Turning Stone Event Center, Verona

Friday, March 20 & Sat., March 21

NYS Baroque performs 14th century Italian medieval music (on period instruments) (7:30pm) 1st Unitarian Universalist, Syracuse

Thursday, March 26

The Matchmaker CNY Playhouse, Shoppingtown Mall

SU Ice Hockey vs. Delaware Tennity Ice Pavillion, Syracuse SU Women’s Basketball vs. Boston College Carrier Dome, Syracuse WWE Live – Road to Wrestlemania War Memorial, Syracuse

Butterfly Confessions Auburn Public Theater, Auburn

Friday, March 13 – Sunday, March 15

Wednesday, March 11 - Sun., Mar. 29

Saturday, March 14

Thursday, March 12 - Sat., March 14

Symphor!a Presents: the music of Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Still & Vaughan Williams (7:30pm) Civic Center, Syracuse

Sunday, March 15

Friday, March 13

Sunday, March 1

Ryan Hamilton Funny Bone, Syracuse

Friday, March 13 - Sat., March 21

The Hodgetwins: meet & greet Funny Bone, Syracuse

Saturday, March 14

Friday, March 27 – Sunday, March 29 Grant Lyon Funny Bone, Syracuse

Saturday, March 28

Tim Walkoe: comedy Cortland Repertory Theatre, Cortland

Dead Silent: murder mystery dinner theatre production Cortland Repertory Theatre, Cortland

Saturday, March 14 & Sun., March 15 Syracuse Ballet presents: Cinderella Civic Center, Syracuse

Monday, March 16

Louis C.K. Civic Center, Syracuse

Symphor!a performs the music of Amadeus – selections from Mozart & Salieri (7:00pm) Syracuse Stage


Paula Pepperstone St. David’s Episcopal Church, DeWitt

Sunday, March 29

Sunday, March 1

Open Figure Drawing Wescott Community Center, Syracuse Symphor!a Presents: Beethoven: Fidelio Overture; Symphony No.4 & Mozart: Sinfonia concertante, K.364 (3pm) St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Syracuse

Sunday, March 1 - Fri., March 13

Art Exhibit: Masterpieces of 17th Century Dutch Painting from Regional Collections Shaffer Art Building, Syracuse University

Wednesday, March 18

Friday, March 20 & Sat., March 21

Dead Silent: murder mystery dinner theatre production Cortland Repertory Theatre, Cortland

Saturday, March 21

Skaneateles Library Classical Guitar Concert Series presents: The Eastman Community Music School Youth Guitar Ensemble (7:30pm) Skaneatelas Library Symphor!a Pops Presents: Movies & the Masters – Movie theme Music & more (7:30pm) Civic Center, Syracuse

Saturday, March 28

Sunday, March 8

UFC 248: Israel Adesanya vs. Yoel Romero / Zhang Weili vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk del Lago Resort & Casino, Waterloo

Saturday, March 14

Syracuse Crunch vs. Belleville Senators War Memorial, Syracuse

Tuesday, March 17

Syracuse Crunch vs. Utica Comets War Memorial, Syracuse

Friday, March 20

Syracuse Crunch vs. Binghamton Devils War Memorial, Syracuse

Saturday, March 21

Salt City Roller Derby: Salt City vs. Hellions of Troy Onondaga Nation Arena, Nedrow Syracuse Crunch vs. Utica Comets War Memorial, Syracuse

Friday, March 27

Syracuse Crunch vs. Hershey Bears War Memorial, Syracuse

Saturday, March 28

Salt City Roller Derby: Salt City vs. Parlor City Tricks SRC Arena, Syracuse


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Preventive Medicine by DR. BARRY

Dementia No one wants to really talk about it but the biggest healthcare issue in America today is dementia. Sure cancer is a terrible thing but many people are cured of cancer. Dementia, at least today, is relentlessly progressive and besides profoundly affecting the patient it has a massive effect on the caregivers as well. Just as everyone knows someone with cancer likewise everyone know someone with dementia. Unfortunately, the currently available treatments for dementia are very limited. The toll on caregivers is massive. Dr. Dale Breseden proposes a treatment plan that includes addressing your diet, your exercise, your sleep and your stress as well as removing toxins and some supplements. In his book The End of Alzheimer’s, he documents multiple cases of people that were dramatically improved in


memory and whose brain scans actually show regrowth of brain. A two year study in Finland called the Finger study demonstrated a significant beneficial intervention effect on overall cognitive performance was seen in a group of people who receive dietary guidance for physical activity cognitive training and intensive monitoring and management of metabolic and vascular risk factors. So dementia is not inevitable and you can have a significant impact on your risk of dementia and your degree of dementia based on your lifestyle. As you know from my prior writings many people consider dementia a type of diabetes, so called diabetes type 3. This is one more reason to go to your doctor and ask for a fasting insulin level and a measurement of insulin resistance. Ask your doctor for a fasting insulin test and a HOMA score which is a way of measuring insulin resistance. Your doctor is likely to say that your sugars have been fine so there is no need to measure insulin but you must remind them that sugars will be normal for years as insulin rises and the only way to know this is to measure insulin and if they are going to measure your insulin you might as well do a thorough test by checking the sugar at the same time and learn about your insulin resistance. I believe, after thirty three years in medicine, that Dr. Breseden is

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right in that diet plays a crucial role in preventing dementia. Minimizing sugar in all of its forms and maximizing basic simple whole foods I think is your best defense against this mental scourge. Do you remember where you put your car keys? Did you forget where the car is in the parking lot? Do you ever go down into the basement and wonder what you went down looking for? Is that the beginning of dementia or is it just benign forgetfulness of being older? Do you cover up for your loved one in the doctor’s office when they started asking memory questions? Is your doctor even testing your memory? If you’re in Medicare you are supposed to have a memory test at your annual wellness visit. Is this happening? Well, if you worry about memory loss you do not have to rely in your doctor. Everyone and anyone who has an interest in dementia, who worries about dementia, who has a loved one with memory loss now has access to testing and treatment regardless of the ability to pay. There is a company called Clarity Clinical Research which is located at 6700 Kirkville Rd., Suite 107 East Syracuse New York. The phone number is 315-706-5905. You do not need a referral from your doctor. You do not need a referral from your neurologist. All you need to do is call this number to have yourself tested or your loved one tested. They will establish a baseline and if it is appropriate, offer you the option of being enrolled in a clinical trial. Given that the currently available medicines for dementia do not have a real impact on the disease, having a trial available is possibly a game changer for you and your loved one. I understand from my conversations with the experts at this facility that it does not matter whether you have a little memory loss or whether you have advanced dementia they will evaluate you and try and find a trial for you. Clinical trials are the way medicine advances. Clinical trials are not new to Central New York. Many people that get chemotherapy are involved in clinical trials. The testing and treatment available at Clarity Clinical Research are simply not available anywhere else in the area. They have access to scans that are not available outside of research settings. Again, all testing and treatment including the scans etc. are free. No charge whatsoever whether you have insurance or not. Furthermore you don’t need approval from your insurance company or medical provider to get tested and treated. So if you really worry about your memory or your loved ones’ memory you are a phone call away from the most thorough and aggressive testing available anywhere. Of course, I urge you to improve your lifestyle as the primary approach to prevent memory loss and that’s outlined in books like Dr. Breseden or Dr. Perlmutter’s book Grain Brain. Naturally, I suggest you do both … investigate the lifestyle changes and avail yourself of the most advanced testing and treatment available by calling Clarity Clinical Research. Call today before you forget about it! Get well … Stay well. (ed. Readers can listen to Dr. Joe Barry’s radio show “Your Health Matters” airing Sunday afternoons at 12:00pm on WSYR 570)

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My Mind To Yours


Multiple Family Values


Brooks NY Times columns often credit strong male influence where family stability exists without acknowledging that stable two parent nuclear families have mothers around. Many right leaning pundits rarely mention that, for millennia, within traditional cultures and family systems, women and children were chattel, completely dependent on the good will of the man of the house. Whomever we believe to be the most important authority in the family, the primary family unit always starts with the physical, neurochemical mother/child connection. I hope that increasing awareness, some of it intuitive, about how consciousness develops will lead to greater appreciation of this reality.

The March 2020 The Atlantic features an article, “The Nuclear Family Was a Mistake,” by David Brooks, NY Times columnist and frequent TV commentator. Brooks, born in Canada in 1961, often promotes 1950’s family values, which he didn’t experience, and judges 1960’s values as hyper-individualistic and one large cause of today’s problems. In the 1960’s, I was young, but older than Brooks who was not yet 10. And, while I read a lot, I still interpreted the world through the filters of Roman Catholic teachings and whatever adult wielded the most power at that moment. The 1960’s brought The Beatles, polarization over the Vietnam War, and some judgement of suburban values and social alienation. In 1966, the Monkees performed Pleasant Valley Sunday, by Gerry Goffin and Carol King, and the Beatles released Eleanor Rigby. By the late 1960’s, I remember much collectivized consciousness raising and challenge to authority. I was around it but not myself a part of it.

Right now, socioeconomic realities, including the loss of many American industrial jobs, and, perhaps, opioid addiction are shaking the underpinnings of the traditional American nuclear family, a family structure that is not all that traditional. Many nuclear families started when Europe’s feudal economy gave way to the industrial revolution. The smoke belching factories that promised prosperity pulled extended families off familiar land to live in disconnected arrangements in unfamiliar towns and cities. Single families and many individual single adults (and children) immigrated here for a better life. And, while US single family home ownership rose with post WWII prosperity and the GI bill, the nuclear family didn’t start there; the label started there. Both nuclear and extended families occupied America’s first tenements and single- family houses. I am of mostly Irish descent and know many Irish immigrated here during the potato famine, a tragedy involving more than a crop failure. English politicians rigged the system so many Irish could not own land. Suddenly without addresses, many Irish were ineligible for any leftovers local officials could dispense after politicians shipped most Irish crops to England. Many Irish men emigrated here and found work digging the Erie Canal. It was along the Erie Canal that a big alternative family system, polygamy, formed around Joseph Smith. Smith’s Mormons grew in numbers, continuing west after a mob killed Smith in Illinois and settled in Utah, where, ultimately, in exchange for US


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statehood, Utah’s crystallizing Mormon hierarchy agreed to outlaw the very family structure most associated with Mormonism. Meanwhile, seemingly everywhere, zoning laws and deed covenants determined who could live and where as a mutually supportive family under one roof. Brooks’ Atlantic article discusses family function and domicile form. TLC’s reality TV show “Sister Wives” is all about patriarchy and houses. -Spoilers follow. So far, the 2020 season of “Sister Wives” finds polygamous patriarch Kody Brown “jaded,” “cynical” and “embittered” when, following his overwhelming campaign to convince his four wives to combine their four separate households under one roof, the wives still oppose him. Without consulting his wives, Kody had an architect design a four-unit single family, single entrance, dwelling with a large common family area and separate quarters for Kody, Kody’s “castle.” Kody presents his “dream” design to his wives as a Christmas surprise. Surprise! Game on. As of February 24, Kody is questioning plural marriage/polygamy altogether while at the same time considering forcing his will on his family, as he has already done on TV, in uprooting them from their last four houses in his search for a place to be family. At a group dinner, Kody’s wives wear tee shirts showing the message, “home is where the wives are.” The polygamist Browns don’t seem to have the sort of financial burdens experienced by most working families. Much of their family life revolves around buying and selling large houses. As for the family itself, Kody and his four wives seem like nuclear family serial monogamists who play well together in front of the camera on holidays. Lots of divorced and remarried adults with blended families do the same. (The thought just occurred to me: families come in all shapes and sizes. I probably read it on a bumper stick or something.) I believe all families are extended families whether they’re multi-generational living in one house or living in multiple houses in different states tele-communicating. I believe optimal performance in any system fluctuates constantly when context changes. Rigidity is not stability. And, it’s incorrect to consistently blame individuals and individual families for problems that might often start in the political, cultural and economic systems encompassing those families. Wide pendulum swings in public opinion often function as wrecking balls. Long live love. Happy Spring!


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un-American ideals that are devouring the integrity of our institutions and our concept of decency, and left unchecked will divide us beyond peaceful redemption. By opposing all opposition with vengeance, he is destroying respect for individual thinking. He has the American Government and everyone he deals with afraid of their thoughts, less they may accidentally slip and speak. This is how countries fall. We are already fighting, not with love and understanding but with anger, at our very family dinner tables. by BILL MCCLELLAN It is vital to note that Greed consumed our land long before Trump. Greed in a failed bribed system decimated our Middle Class. Greed brought 90 percent of our bounty to the top and decimated the wondrous intent of our Founding Fathers. Greed altered our course from the finest humans can be and gave birth to seed after seed that grew and accumulatively downgraded the quality of the greatest experiment in human fairness in history. As the wealthy few became economic behemoths, so too did their power and the (Personally, I believe this is Pulitzer material. I say this because I want you to read it. It is American dream became for most, just a dream. What they did was buy our leaders. The not about me. It is because the problem and the answer are here and not elsewhere. This Public Relations game was to deregulate under the guise of their freedoms being will be a rare and useful read in your life. If anyone knows where to send such an article violated. When in truth the removal of regulation allowed them to decimate the that may do some good, please feel free.) economic well-being of the heart of our strength and power, the Middle Class. I have often mentioned the sneaky dirty little word (evolve): To develop gradually, I have been baffled as to why so many do not see that the following analogy clearly especially from a simple to a more complex form. This nasty little word is the key reason depicts the grave wrong of taking all you can: Imagine a pie cut into 10 pieces. One for why a country that has evolved respecting human life and human justice need take great each of 10 people. One individual is strong intimidating, and manipulative. He decides to note of the seeds of evil that have clearly rooted. Evil also evolves. It creeps and you wake take 9 pieces for himself and to let the rest fight over the remaining 1 piece. This is what up one day and it is staring you in the face. has happened to our Country. The strong, intimidating and manipulative In America the seeds of evil were planted long ago. Long before Trump. The greatest unregulated 1% (3 1/3 million people) have taken 90 percent of our bounty and we, the being no protection against the forces of greed consuming the common interest. Up rest of America, (326 2/3 million people) squabble over the remaining 10% with far too front when I speak of Trump, I want his supporters to understand that historically many many of us believing this is the path of freedom. When in fact it is the path that destroys lands that became habitats for evil began with policies pleasing to many. When evil befreedom and leads to the devastation we are in the midst of today. gins to lurk, the message is values. First you protect the soul of your land. Then, in a land The people did not catch on. They bought the freedom story. Too many believe that if of goodness and values you work on policy. you earn it you keep it and what you can earn is endless. They fail to see this is not E-pluribus-unum, “out of many one” is the heart and soul of America. It is the “earning” it is systemic failure. This foolish interpretation of freedom allowed for an belief that no one race or nationality is superior to another and all from everywhere are environment where Corporations made their own rules. To this day they gouge the deserving of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Donald Trump leads a scourge of people in every way imaginable. They write their own law and literally pay for legislative signage. Not long ago, we were a land of plenty with work everywhere. Wealth willfully and collectively and without interference decimated the American workforce. They did this for the purpose of exploiting other lands and not paying Americans a fair share. A balance could have been found between Capitalism and protecting our people. But the people mean nothing to a corporation that seeks only profit. Government was meant to provide the balance of fairness that insured the well-being of both. This systemic failure brought on by bribery within the campaign finance system within a leadership without the values and courage of its founding, its Constitution or its Crimson Sacrifice, is the root cause of the downgrading of America and the quality of life for her citizens. The greatest failure within human pursuit is the failure to protect against greed. We have failed miserably. Our epitaph will likely read: “Greed Won – Humanity Lost.” So, long before Trump, the framework far worse than he, that would allow a bigoted, valueless, self-serving, cruel, unfair and vengeful fool to rise to power, was indeed in place. That being said, on one side he is to America like giving arsenic to an already poisoned person. On the other side, he is all the people had to defy a Government far worse than he. Unfortunately, in desperation Americans wantonly raced into the spider’s web. Before Trump, rich, greedy people managed to sublimate the answer, which is to address the difficulty that allowed their rise to power: Bribery. As without bribery we would have been governed by the best that humans can be rather than the greatest

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poison (greed) that lurks within us. Our people, mostly our decimated Middle Class, do not understand the gravity and real existence of bribery in our land. So, they groped among hopelessness for another answer. Along came a clear blowhard with a strange myriad of appeal to the dark side of humanity. He had appeal to the bigot, (those intolerant toward those holding different opinions) the racist, the rich, the greedy, the selfish, the uneducated, the desperate and –most damaging– the disenfranchised American. The dark side and the foolish voted for Trump. Most others did not vote for Trump, they voted for a monkey wrench, a lesson, and they voted against the system that ruined their futures and the hope for their children’s futures. The very fact that he would become President, is the urgent clarion call to fix our system or all that our land is about will dissolve. It is so damn simple. How on earth did anyone think the common good could be protected in a system that allows pure greed that creates wealth at any cost to buy and own the leadership that was meant to keep them in check? In America, Big Oil, Pharmaceuticals and Tobacco are the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost of Evil. And Corporate demons abound. I often write about the cowardice of American Leadership (the 546, i.e. Legislative, Judicial and Executive). I had a Military experience that kept me alive. After serving 18 months on Okinawa with the 173rd Airborne Brigade I transferred into the 7th Special Forces at Fort Bragg, N.C. Three weeks after I arrived at Fort Bragg the 173rd was sent to Viet Nam and fought more than any outfit since the revolutionary war. Mike Minahane took my place and was shot in the leg. The 5th Special Forces had been in Viet Nam for years and they went to and from Viet Nam through my Group, the 7th. I was never in danger yet I was surrounded every moment by battle hardened heroes of the finest kind and they were my friends. Once you know such people, especially so many gathered in one place, it becomes very hard to suffer Patriotic cowardice. -And that is what we have in Washington, D.C. A bribery system that attracts power hungry cowards –bone spur types– those with a puke inducing sense of false superiority that cower at the thought of offending anything that can harm them. My friend Mike Thompson’s body parts did not rain out of the jungle sky after his jeep was blown to bits for this system of bribery. My friends Roger Donlon (I saluted my Beret off my head when passing him in the rain one time – he picked it up) and my drinking buddy, Staff Sergeant Vernon Beeson who fought in the same battle as Captain Donlon, did not fight for this system of bribery. Captain Donlon won the Medal of honor and Staff Sergeant Beeson won the Silver Star. -(This is a great google.) No, those I mention (and men and women like them throughout our military) that fought and witnessed the death of their own, did not fight for this system of bribery or the power-hungry cowards this system attracts. I have not mentioned Flanders Fields in a while. It is by John McCrae. He wrote it on Flanders Fields during an unreal serene juncture that followed the grisly carnage of days before. It is a poem that captures war and the obligation of those that follow to remember and conduct themselves in keeping with the great sacrifice that gave them opportunity. In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved, and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. We are learning the price is very high when your leaders carry no torch. We are learning the price is very high when ye break faith with those who die.


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1 cup prepared mashed potatoes 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup milk 1 egg 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 2 teaspoons fine sea salt 1 1/2 cups shredded Yukon Gold potatoes 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 1 small zucchini, shredded canola oil, or as needed, divided


20 min


Servings 6-8

Stir mashed potatoes, flour, milk, egg, butter, and sea salt together in a bowl. Add shredded potatoes, Cheddar cheese, and zucchini; stir until batter is well-combined. Heat 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, drop batter by heaping tablespoons into hot oil. Cook, turning once, until golden-brown on each side, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining oil and batter.

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