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It’s been over eight months since last I posted here. I had high hopes and fancy plans to keep this going, along with my regular home on the web at The Write Side of My Brain. But schedules change, and plans change.

So, today I’m back and we’re taking this blog in a different direction. I’ll still talk occasionally about meetings and events, but for now, we’re looking at history, specifically World War I history.

I plan to be here every Tuesday to talk to you about the development of, and the promtion of my stage play.

See, I’ve written a script entitled: Clean Dry Socks: Diary of a Doughboy.

It’s a stage play based on the diary of my grandfather from World War I. The first public reading is this coming Monday with the Richmond Playwright’s Forum.

Here’s how the script came to be.

I’ve had a copy of the diary for years. The version I have was transcribed by my aunt, who also provided commentary and history. The original diary is now at the Library of Congress as part of the Veteran’s History Project.

In addition to writing, I also spend some time on the stage. About two years ago, I was again participating in A Night at the Quartermaster Museum, at Fort Lee, Virginia. I’ve done this annually for the last four years and will be there again in November.

Two years ago I portrayed a World War I era doctor. The nurse and I talked to the students about the hazards of trench foot and prevention methods which include…you guess it…Clean Dry Socks. I remembered my grandfather’s diary at that point.

But things started to gel the next day when I attended the first performance in the newly restored Beacon Theatre at City Point in Hopewell, Virginia. The program was a series of letters written during the Civil War era.

I was inspired to go home and pull out my grandfather’s diary where I learned, or remembered, that he had trained at what was then Camp Lee, then marched to City Point in Hopewell where he and the 80t Blue Ridge Division departed for France.

It was then that I knew that I had to take this story to the stage.

So, the script has been written, and re-written, and will soon be read in public for the first time.

Is it ready? The reading will tell.

But it’s closer, and it’s on its way the stage.

Stay tuned. I’ll let you know how the reading goes.

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break

It’s a funny thing how things shift after the first month of the year. Plans are made on New Year’s Day and for a while things are just great.

You make it to the gym every day. You don’t have those extra sweets. You read like you promised yourself you would.

But then, life happens.

For me, the plan to maintain three blogs was just a bit much.

And so, we’re taking another break.

Follow us on The Write Side of My Brain.

We’ll be back again after we regroup.

Today is Irish Coffee Day

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True, you don’t have to wait until January 25 to celebrate and enjoy Irish Coffee.

The origins of Irish Coffee go like this. In 1942 some weary travelers visited a pub operated by Joseph Sheridan in a southwest Ireland airport. To warm them up he served them Irish Coffee topped with whipped cream. There’s a lot of speculation on how the drink got to the United States, but it was introduced in San Francisco’s Buena Vista Cafe in 1952.

The original recipe as described by Joseph Sheridan went like this:

“Cream as rich as an Irish brogue; coffee as strong as a friendly hand; sugar sweet as the tongue of a rogue; and whiskey smooth as the wit of the land.”

There are plenty of Irish Coffee recipes out there on the Internet. Have one of your own? Share it in the comments.

oscars

The 89th Oscars will be broadcast live on ABC on February 26th.

If you can’t make it to the red carpet, consider hosting a viewing party of your own. Here are some ideas:

1. Make it a party! Invite lots of friends. The more the merrier. And don’t forget to have designated sitters to hold your friend’s seat when they get up to go to the bathroom.

2. Encourage folks to dress up. No, you don’t need a $10,000 designer gown or tux, but asks your guests to come dressed for the festive atmostphere. You can even have a prize for the Best Dressed.

3. Have your own red carpet ceremony. All you need is the entry way and your phone for this one.

4. Make it a guessing game. When the nominations come out print up your own Oscar ballot and have guests fill them out as they arrive.

5. Make it a pot luck occasion. The food is always better that way and you don’t go broke in the process. You can even have awards for best food items if you’d like. But just ask your friend to bring their favorite party foods.

7. Decorate. If you’ve got some vintage movie posters, use them. Otherwise balloons and streamers along with a few gold stars provide all the atmosphere that you need. You can even consider taping down Hollywood stars for each of your friends as they enter your home. Just make sure they’re secured enough to be walked out without tripping anyone.

And of course,

8. Watch the Oscars Live!

brownies

Today is National Blonde Brownie Day. We’ll take it. It gives us an excuse to point to give blogs with great brownie recipes.

My Baking Addiction
Jamie has a whole page dedicated to delicious brownie recipes. We’d like to try the Peppermint Cocoa Brownie Cups right about now.

Browneyed Baker
Check out the Chocolate Frosted Brownies with a delcious chocolate buttercream frosting.

Susan Branch
Susan shares her Mom’s homemade brownie recipe for chewy brownies filled with walnuts and love.

Sally’s Backing Addiction
Fudgy, chewy, homemade brownies.

Shari’s Berries
You know all about the delicious treats you can get from Shari’s Berries, but check out their post of the 50 Best Brownie Recipes…Ever.

Have a favorite brownie recipe? Share it in the comments.

winterparty

In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.

– William Blake

Instead of complaining about the cold weather, how about celebrating it?

Sure, if you want a winter-themed party you can go to the party store and buy all the Frozen movie products. That may be appropriate if your party is for a young, or young-at-heart, young lady.

But consider some of these ideas for hosting your own, more grownup, version of a winter party and host your own winter wonderland.

1. Choose white for your linens and decorations. White flowers, white china, and even white desserts like a lovely white cake (that doesn’t have to look like a wedding cake unless this is a winter wedding).
2. Don’t be afraid to add touches of sparking blue and silver to highlight your decor.
3. Add some white lights for extra sparkle, either on some trees or topiaries around the room or strung across the ceiling.
4. Go for a classy look by making your decor all black and white. Start with the look of piano keys and go from there. Black and white stripes, polka dots, and more can give your event an elegant look.
5. Don’t want to focus on the cold and snow? Go tropical and hold a luau complete with flamingos and flower leis for the guests.
6. For winter food consider traditional things like soups and chilis. Serve your regular cocktails, but offer things like hot chocolate and hot buttered rum.

The possibilities are endless, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make these work.

These are just a few ideas to get your creative thoughts flowing.

Let us know how it turns out.

National Popcorn Day

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The laziest man I ever met put popcorn in his pancakes so they would turn over by themselves.

– W. C. Fields

We can’t verify the source or the origin, but apparently today is National Popcorn Day. We’re not going to object.

Whether going to the movies or staying home to watch the big game, popcorn is a favorite treat.

Better yet, if you can cut back on the butter and salt, popcorn is a rather healthy snack.

Go ahead. Treat yourself.