Friday, January 29, 2010

In Memory of a Piece of Childhood

I was sitting in my car last night waiting for my son listening
to NPR and i heard the news that J.D. Salinger had passed away at
the age of 91. A tear fell from my eye and my heart was saddened with
the news. Even though we have not seen this accomplished and
simply incredible author in decades...not even a whisper of his
voice he still remained and will remain a piece of so many.

I wasn't a rebellious kid, always well behaved, good grades and
never got in trouble, but some how Holden Caulfield stole my heart
and has stayed there till this day. Oh that red book with the
simple words Cather in the Rye...what a treat it was from the
first sentence to the last. The vast span of emotions that it
provoked still amazes me to this day. What is even more special
is that it is an experience that I share with my own children,
J.D. just hit a vein in kids every where with this masterpiece
of literature. Can you even imagine that it was one of the most
banned books of all times because of the use of one word...just
stop and think...generations past, present and future could have
been robbed of this ultimate experience...that would have been
criminal. Mr. Salinger gave us many other splendid literary
experiences, all totally amazing but none as moving and memorable as Holden.

How I wondered if he was in his New Hampshire Home penning
something incredible those 50+ years of being a recluse...what
was he doing...out of site...but never out of mind. I was
exactly what he wanted people to be when it came to him...
keeping the illusion my mind he was never aging...
always mysterious.

You know what else I thank J.D. for...allowing each person that
read Catcher to imagine his or her own create their own
surroundings...visuals...voices and more. He never caved to having
his book turned into a movie and FOUGHT the FIGHT to keep it a pure
literary experience for all that read it. I mean come on now...
he said NO to Steven Spielberg! Amazing in today's day
and age...but Holden is still who YOU want him to be.

I could go on and on but I am just
going to say...Rest In Peace J.D. Salinger and thank you so much for the will live on in Holden for
an eternity and Holden will live in the mind of
your readers forever and a day... that is truly what you wanted. more is a quote from the
Catcher...the one that hangs on to the idea of eternal youth:

Holden: "Anyway, I keep picturing these little kids playing some game
in this big field or rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's
around - nobody big, I mean, except me. And I'm standing on the edge
of some crazy cliff.What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if
they start to go over the cliff - I mean if they're running and they
don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and
catch them. That's all I'd do all day. I'd just be the catcher
in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd
really like to be.

I know it's crazy."

Thursday, January 28, 2010

It's what's HOT

On a lighter is cold here in NJ...the snow is
coming down and the feet are what will warm
you up...a cup of tea? coffee? veggie soup? of
my favorite things in the world is Sriracha by Huy Fong Foods Inc. located in sunny California...where
the red jalapeno chilis grow large and hot!
What a great way to spice up your food and take the chill away!!! I put it on everything...soup...veggies...tofu...rices...vegetarian chilli and the
list goes if you are someone that likes it Hot and
Spicy this sauce is for you! No...I'm not with the company...
I just love this stuff!!! Enjoy ('s HOT!) try their
sambal olek and their garlic chili sauce all just delicious.
It is the ingredient you think your food is missing.
Vegans and's "all good" for you : )

hearts for haiti reaches $20,000 PLUS!

Well today is a land mark day for
they reached over $20,000 for Doctors Without Borders and
still going strong! Oh the miracles that can happen when
a community bands together! Kudos to you all!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Etsy for Animals Helps The Animal of Haiti

The wonderful street team...Etsy for Animals is uniting
in an effort to raise funds to help the animals of Haiti.
Proceeds are being donated to: The WSPA... The World Society
for the Protection of Animals. please drop by their website
where you can find out what is being done and you can make
a direct contribution there also...the animals are running
out of time and need our help as do all the people of Haiti.
Click and help

Anyone who wants to list items to help, please put this in the title;
EFA WSPA Haiti Animal Relief; then as always, everyone can donate
directly to the charity; DONATIONS then submit their donation amounts here; EFA
For the latest news come and lend a helping hand...every little bit helps : )

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Hearts For Haiti

What better way to christen this blog but with letting
everyone know about come on over
and check it out. Do some shopping or donate one of
your sweet creations...every little bit counts and all
together we can make a real difference. All
the proceeds earned from Hearts For Haiti will be donated
to Doctors without Borders. There is so much
need in the world but these poor people and animals need
us now or there might not be a tomorrow for them.