A New Way in 2017

Yea, 2016 is OVER!  In spite of the economic issues that may begin to plague us in 2017, there are some “big ideas” and new products, services and opportunities coming.  Check out this very cool article by Laura Lorenzetti Soper for LinkedIn that sites things like IPO markets, social media, energy, banks, health care, refugees and more.  I especially like the trend she predicts about “needing humans again”, I think you will too!

Joseph M. Hilbe

Joseph Hilbe was an American statistician and philosopher who was born on this day in Los Angeles, Ca, 1944, and let me say, this guy is pretty cool. He graduated from CSU Chico with a degree in philosophy but was also a Track & Field star, and in fact, some of his records still stand. Hilbe coached a US team, was an NCAA Division 1 coach and also Olympic Games official, but here’s where his life gets even more interesting, Hilbe is most noted for his work as a statistician. Specifically he developed models used in the disciplines of bio-statistics and health outcome analysis.  His models are the standards used for modeling over-dispersed count data (think Medicare, drug and treatment outcomes, etc).

Hilbe’s most recent endeavors involve astronomy and meteorites. Can you guess what he’s doing? Better understanding and interpretation of astronomical data, tip of the iceberg really.  Read More.

National Pepper Pot Day

On this day in 1777, during the Revolutionary War, the baker of the Continental Army Christopher Ludwick concocted a brilliant, if unorthodox for the times, thick, hearty stew to feed the near starving soldiers at Valley Forge. The soldiers were low on food because the local farmers were selling food supplies to the British for cash rather than the weak currency offered up by the Continental Army. Good chefs are always resourceful and evidently Ludwick was no exception. He scoured the countryside and was able to find scraps of tripe, meat and some peppercorn. Combining these with other seasonings to create the hot, spicy soup we now know as pepper pot or “the soup that won the war”.

Win your own war against the cold and make a pot, here is a recipe for you!!

Philadelphia Pepper Pot Recipe

Serves 6

1.5lb cleaned, precooked honeycomb tripe
3 tbsps butter
2 onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, sliced
2 carrots, diced
2 sticks celery, diced
Bunch fresh thyme
Bunch fresh rosemary
3 bay leaves
3 cloves
3-5 tbsps black peppercorns, crushed
1 veal knuckle
2 litres beef stock (optional)
Cayenne pepper

Wash the tripe well in cold water. Put it in a large pan, cover with cold water and simmer for 20 minutes. Drain, leave to cool, then chop into smallish cubes. Melt the butter and sauté the vegetables and garlic until soft. And the herbs and spices. Return the tripe to the pan with the veal knuckle and add the stock if using. Cover the ingredients with cold water, bring to a simmer and remove any scum. Simmer gently for 1.5-2 hours.

Remove the veal knuckle and allow to cool, then remove the meat from the bone. Chop this roughly and return it to the pan to warm through. Season to taste.

Ladle the soup into hot bowls, scatter with freshly chopped parsley and serve with crusty bread (and with cayenne pepper for those who like it extra hot.)

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Fruitcake and Your Pup

Today is officially fruitcake day!! As you eat your delicious cake, try and keep it to yourself, as your favorite four legged buddy should not eat it. If you are wondering why, well, not only the alcohol contained in these dense cakes can cause a problem, but if it doesn’t the raisins, currants and yeast most definitely will.


Raisins and currants can be highly toxic to your dog’s kidney. Certain breeds are more sensitive than others and since scientists have yet to figure out which toxin is the culprit, it’s best to beware. Dogs that are affected can end up with potentially fatal acute renal (kidney) failure. If you would like to read more on how fruitcake is hazardous to  your dogs health, click here.

Dog’s Need Warmth Too

We all know what heat can do to people and animals, especially dogs left in parked vehicles.  Have you considered what the cold does? Tufts University put out this handy dandy chart that helps to illustrates what type of weather is acceptable to have your dog outside. The chart is done by breed, making it easier to read and figure out. We see from this chart that sometimes it’s just too cold to have your dog outside.


If you do have to wander out in that freezing cold weather, and you must take your furry friend, make sure they are bundled up too. If you encounter a pet suffering from hypothermia while you are out in the elements, there are steps to take. First, call a vet and move the animal to a warm area, then cover the pet with warm water bottles, blankets or towels. Heating pads can burn animals, so put layers between the animal and the electric heating source. Transport the animal as soon as possible.  Read more here.

Merry Christmas

Have you ever considered why we celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25? No one knows the real birthday of Jesus, a date is not given in the Bible. The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25 was in 336 A.D. during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine (he was the first Christian Roman Emperor). A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on the 25th of December.

There are many different traditions and theories as to why Christmas is celebrated on December 25th. A very early Christian tradition said that the day Mary was told she would have Jesus (called the Annunciation) was on March 25th – and is still celebrated today on the 25th of March.  Nine months after is December 25th, continue reading here.

A very Merry Christmas to you and your family!!! I hope it is a joyous day for you!

“Twas The Night Before Christmas” Mock Trial

“Twas The Night Before Christmas” a popular poem heard this time of year, most of us can recite at least some of it, but did you know it is clouded by mystery. You see, the real author of the poem is unknown. One Christmas, some residents of Troy, NY decided to hold a mock trial to see if they could figure out who the real author was. The contested authors were Clement Moore and Henry Livingston. The famous line, “Twas The Night Before Christmas” actually comes from the poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” The poem was first published anonymously in the Troy Sentinel Newspaper on December 23, 1823 in Albany, New York.

Here is a look at the article that talks about the mock trial, and what the outcome was. Read on for ‘trial” results, and have a Merry Christmas!

First Human Kidney Transplant

The first human kidney transplant is performed by Dr. Joseph E. Murray at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts in 1954.

Not concerned about whether they were making history or not, Murray was quoted as saying “We didn’t think we made history. We didn’t even think of history.  We thought we were going to save a patient.”

On October 26, 1954, Richard Herrick was admitted to Brigham with chronic nephritis, and it soon became evident that he was going to die. Richard’s twin brother and best friend, Ronald, agreed to give one of his healthy kidneys to his brother. Extensive testing was carried out, including a successful skin graft from Ronald to Richard and fingerprinting of the brothers at a local police station. Richard thrived after surgery, and married his recovery nurse.  They had two children together. Read the details of this essential bit of medical history.

Jury’s In The United States

Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution does it say that juries in criminal cases must include 12 people, or that their decisions must be unanimous. So where did we get 12, the number of people that must be on a jury. And why do some states use juries of different sizes.

Jury Trials were established in 725 A.D. by The Welsh king Morgan of Glamorgan. He decided upon this number, linking the judge and jury to Jesus and his 12 apostles. The evolution of the jury in the United States has roots in English law. Not surprisingly, after the Revolution the newly independent Americans were very aware of the importance of a jury for trials. This was particularly true after their experience with political oppression. Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Were I called upon to decide whether the people had best be omitted in the legislative or judiciary department, I would say, it is better to leave them out of the legislative. The execution of the laws is more important than the making them.”

The Supreme Court ruled in 1978 that a 5 person jury is not allowed after Georgia attempted to assign five-person juries to certain criminal trials. The Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Amendments to the U.S. Constitution guaranteed the right to a jury for all criminal cases, and in all civil suits exceeding twenty dollars.  Read more here on the evolution of juries.