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Kenneth McCormack
Meeting daily in hangouts to learn how to face challenges, develop and achieve goals, cope, survive, and ultimately thrive.
Meeting daily in hangouts to learn how to face challenges, develop and achieve goals, cope, survive, and ultimately thrive.

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I love they took video or her live recording.  This is amazing. 

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This Google hangout Blows my mind.  

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Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven
Ann and Nancy Wilson of HEART, along with Jason Bonham, play a spectacularly arranged rendition of Led Zeppelin’s original tune. (Made me cry to see Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of the original Led Zeppelin obviously appreciate this awesome performance — to honor them at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The Obamas seemed to enjoy the music, as well, haha.)

For the full show honors, please see:

LYRICS: Stairway To Heaven

There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed,
With a word she can get what she came for.
Ooh, ooh, and she’s buying a stairway to heaven.

There’s a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
’Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.
In a tree by the brook, there’s a songbird who sings,
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven.

Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it makes me wonder.

There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west,
And my spirit is crying for leaving.
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees,
And the voices of those who stand looking.

Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it really makes me wonder.

And it’s whispered that soon, if we all call the tune,
Then the piper will lead us to reason.
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long,
And the forests will echo with laughter.

If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now,
It’s just a spring clean for the May queen.
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There’s still time to change the road you’re on.
And it makes me wonder.

Your head is humming and it won’t go, in case you don’t know,
The piper’s calling you to join him,
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind?

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul.
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll.

And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.

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I love any post about cooking.  
Today in History: Cooking Pioneer Fannie Farmer Opened Her School
first school to focus on healthy eating and serious measurements of ingredients
On August 23, 1902 — 113 years ago today — pioneering cookbook author Fannie Farmer opened the “Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery” in Boston, MA (in Huntington Chambers, 30 Huntington Avenue, Boston, adjacent to the Boston Public Library — now the site of Westin Copley Hotel). Fannie was a graduate of Boston’s first cooking school, “The Boston Cooking School,” which was founded in 1879 by the “Woman’s Educational Association of Boston” in order “to offer instruction in cooking to those who wished to earn their livelihoods as cooks, or who would make practical use of such information in their families.” At the Boston Cooking School, Fannie studied under Mary J. Lincoln, who researched and wrote Mrs. Lincoln’s Boston Cook Book: What to Do and What Not to Do in Cooking, a textbook used primarily for her students (so they would not have to copy recipes). 

Fannie graduated in 1889 from The Boston Cooking School. Because Fannie was one of the school’s top students, Fannie became assistant director of the school, and then director of the school in 1894. Fannie revised and expanded Mrs. Lincoln’s cookbook, and Fannie built on Mrs. Lincoln’s detailed and methodical approach to recipe writing, including careful measurements for each ingredient. During her time at The Boston Cooking School, Fannie began to understand the association between eating certain foods and good health. Fannie took a nutrition course at Harvard Medical School to learn as much as she could about healthy eating. Fannie’s version of the Boston Cooking-School Cook Book in 1896 became the best-selling cookbook of the era. After 8 years as director, Fannie resigned from the school in 1902 to open her own cooking school on this day in 1902. Fannie’s School lasted until 1944.

YouTube videos:
•Fannie’s Last Supper (length 04:16).

Web sources:

Book sources:
The Original Fannie Farmer 1896 Cookbook: The Boston Cooking School by Fannie Farmer.
Fannie in the Kitchen: The Whole Story from Soup to Nuts of How Fannie Farmer Invented Recipes with Precise Measurements (fiction based on certain facts) by Deborah Hopkinson.

Image credits:
•Fanny Farmer and young student.
•The Original Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, 1896, by Fannie Merritt Farmer.

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Minky studying Facebook v. Google+ active user stats
One of Minky’s favorite sites is the “Internet Live Stats” site that provides real-time counting for various types of Internet services, features, and social media sites. Here, Minky is focused on how Google+ is adding “active users” much, much faster than Facebook.

FB = 1,448,523,281
G+ = 1,321,296,753
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