Cafe Conversations | Memorial Day 2011

“Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply,

to enjoy simply,

to think freely,

to risk life,

to be needed.”

~ Storm Jameson


These words must be in the hearts and thoughts of all soldiers.


Memorial Service


I found this article while searching for inspiration.

 Take a moment and read a ~ Soldier’s Perspective. *

         President Obama today released the annual proclamation recognizing Memorial Day and those that fell in our nation’s defense.  The National Moment of Remembrance was established by Congress and signed into law in 2000 by President Bill Clinton. During a tour of the nation’s capital, a staffer asked the kids why Memorial Day is so important. “That’s the day the pools opens,” replied one child. Enough said.

To continue reading the  President’s Proclamation , click on the link :

* re-blog from military

Cafe Conversations | Local Teens Nutrition Bars Orbit The Earth

         Aboard the shuttle Endeavor is an item that was made in West Michigan by some unexpected inventors.  Mikayla and Shannon Diesch are Battle Creek-area sisters on a mission, well it’s actually their nutrition bars that are on the mission.

“Just to think it’s out of this world, that’s incredible,” said Shannon.

“It’s currently orbiting around our heads right now,” said Mikayla.

Mikayla and Shanon

About a year and a half ago a four-student team from the Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center, which included the Diesch sisters, Naomi Campbell (not the super model silly)  and Ethan Rutherford, entered a national competition.  We were tasked to design a nutrition bar that fit all the requirements of NASA,” said Mikayla, “so it could serve as a meal supplement.”  “It has to have a certain number of calories and a certain water activity, so it doesn’t fall apart,” said Shannon. “It has to be a certain amount of protein and fat.”

       The bar is a cranberry, apple, cinnamon bar with granola and rice crisp pieces, and it won the contest.  After many further months of hard work, tweaking, tinkering and tasting, NASA agreed to take a serious look at including it in the astronauts’ rations.  “We had to send it down to Johnson Space Center for a bunch of testing on it,” said Mikayla. “I think the testing took two or three weeks.”  Like Tang and freeze-dried ice cream before it, the bar got the go-ahead to become space food.

Shannon and Mikayla also went to the Kennedy Space Center to watch a small batch of their nutrition bars rocket up into the sky.  “We were basically right by the big clock, it was awesome, it went up, it was loud, my feet were shaking,” said Shannon.  “It was really cool, it was very loud,” said Mikayla.

The sisters have been told they’ll get pictures of the astronauts eating their bars, and maybe more.  “They might send one back that we can have signed by all the crew,” said Mikayla, “which would be awesome.”

The two students have been profiled on many networks and I say Bravo!  Yet they were never flown to New York and interviewed on the today show.  ( This only applies to stupid silly pranks I suppose.)  I am very proud of these 2 students.  Not only because they are from Michigan, but because they did not waste their days doing nothing.

I think they are  …AWESOME!

**excerpted from wwmt tv  newschannel 3

Cafe Conversations | That Was The Week That Was

        Well!  Now that we have a new actor on Two and a Half Men, all is right with the world.  No, not really!  Wasn’t it a nice thought?  Everyone is still talking about Charlie Sheen.  Why? This among many things have really been bothering me.  Such as, Dating, TV Programming, High Schoolers doing things to warrant lots of attention, celebrity interviews and so on.  So, can we talk!

Ashton Kutcher Ready for Prime Time

         So here comes Ashton Kutcher to hopefully solve the CBS sitcom blues.  And, if we are lucky enough, we shall not hear from Mr Tiger Blood and his Pornettes ever again.  The media has given him enough press and air time to last a century.  I have only seen a few  Two and a Half Men over the years.  Never really liked the show.  If the new shows  with Ashton have decent scripts,  I might tune in.

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        Found a story about a couple in their 90’s who had met once again long after a first date.  This couple fell in love and recently became husband and wife.  Awe!  I know!  Sweet, right?     

        Then,  I look on my friends Facebook page and I see that her son has listed his status as “in a relationship.”  He’s 11.  

         My sister-in-law is on her 3rd marriage.  That’s ok!    An ex-coworker is juggling 3 men at the same time.  Good Luck!    The singer John Mayer has dated every girl and  woman  in the world.  Almost!    Even Arnold Schwarzenegger is married and uh, uh dates?  I need to get out more.

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        Time for the TV Networks to clean house… as it were.  The time is now for these programs to say Farewell!   Adieu!   Sayonara! 

Law & Order   – all of them.  Gotta say goodbye.

CSI –   all of them    And, I never understood why they called it CSI Miami when it  is  filmed in California.               

Criminal Minds – Both Programs

Can we just take the TLC Network  off the air?

So Called – Reality Shows

Biggest Loser and So Many More

       And since I am talking TV, what can be done about Cable or Satellite TV?  I am really of the mind that we should be able to pick the programs we want to watch.  Why do people pay for 600 channels when they only watch  10?  I am really considering dropping it all together.   I am still appalled that these companies continue to get away with it.   I must say though, I do have my own namesake channel.   The Barbie Channel!    AT&T Uverse channel 85 .  

Barbie wearing an Escada Gown

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        The high school senior that put up large block letters on his high school, asking his girlfriend to the prom and subsequently being banned from that prom, has been making the rounds on every stinking news show in the country.   When are we as a nation going to stop this?  Anyone can do something stupid, silly, against the rules or even dangerous and then be flown cross-country, put up in a swanky hotel and plaster their face on the TV  to be interviewed as if they were Rock Stars.  The news shows get great attention ratings by having everyone participate in this crap.  Why do you think they say to “log in to our Facebook page and tell us how you feel.”   NO!     

        The school has now  given in to all this national pressure.  The young man can go to the prom after all.  So after that announcement, he’s back on the news again.  This time with attitude.  He was told that the school superintendent will have a different punishment for him.  He blatantly said to one NBC news producer ” I am not accepting any kind of punishment.”   Oh, that’s right, you’re a star.  This was all such a stunt for publicity.  And boy, was he rewarded!

        Perhaps there are some others that should be rewarded?  Our young soldiers go to war every day and risk death for America’s Freedom.  How many of those get treated to private jets, hotels and numerous such amenities for putting their life on the line for us?  How Many are treated as a rock star?  How are they rewarded?

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         Local  programming is really pretty darn good.  In Southwest Michigan we have a local show that really does promote local business, entertainment and current events.  A great perk of being a host on that show is they preview all movies, TV shows and travel a great deal to interview major stars!  I am so jealous!


Dustin Hoffman as Shifu

        One host recently traveled out of the country to interview the stars of Kung Fu Panda 2.  Now in 3D.  She loved Dustin Hoffman.  “So nice, polite. He was great.” The host remarked.


Angelina Jolie as Tigress

        Jack Black was interviewed and was very funny and talked a lot.  When the host interviewed Jack, Angelina was there.   All this host could say was, “Boy is she bony.  She didn’t say much at all.  Very reserved.  Seemed like she was not friendly.  And she really is bony.”    “I guess we all had her pegged a long time ago.”  I’m thinking,… did you ask any intelligent questions?  Did you ask Jack Black when he was going to loose weight?  Or, perform Shakespeare?  

          Glad I wasn’t the one being interviewed by that host.  I may have been tempted to slap you! :)   Her comments went on for a while and were just mean-spirited.  I think she was  Just Jealous!

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      I read the news last week in the New York Times, which read:           IMF Arrest in NYC

Wow!  We really do have an Impossible Mission Force!          Who knew?

Ethan Hunt Mission Impossible



A Royal Cinderella Story | Starring William and Kate

Friday Funnies


Wierd, Disturbing & Very Funny

 I knew they reminded me of someone!  William and Kate had much inspiration. 
Cinderella and her step sisters.
Enjoy your Friday Funny! 
Photo courtesy  KOOL-FM

Finally! A Day Without The Trumpster.

It took a world shaking event to keep the news media from plastering Donald Trump’s Face and blah, blah all over any and all news programs. 

And, I am not alone in this observation.  According to the  Politico website, they are not that keen on him either.  The Republican front-runner, snicker, takes credit for all that is great, good, kind , etc.  Then proceeds to point fingers vigorously at all who dare disagree with him, the mighty Trumpster!

Osama bin Laden's death has pushed Donald Trump almost totally out of the political frame. | AP photo

Photo courtesy of AP.

“The events of the last 24 hours slapped America back to adultland,” said GOP consultant Mike Murphy, who has taken a wary view of the Trump boomlet from the beginning. “It’s time for the circus to leave town, and Trump will be on one of the wagons.”

It was the capstone to a week in which the gravitational pull of Trump’s celebrity had sucked the entire political world into its madcap orbit.

Yet even before Sunday’s refocusing on national security, there were signs Trump was flying too close to the sun.

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