Recently Sophie came home from school and asked me an odd question.
“Mom, is it true Hillary Clinton killed four people?”
I asked her where she heard this statement. I mean, it’s not as if Sophie is a frequent viewer of Fox News or CNN, nor does she spend time perusing the Internet for news.
She said a friend asked her who she is voting for president. Sophie clarified to her friend that she herself can’t vote, but if she could, she supported Hillary Clinton. It was then the friend told Sophie that she’s voting for a murderer.
After hearing this, I decided to give Sophie some sage advice from Linus of the Peanuts fame:
There are three things I’ve learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin.
I echoed Linus’ words and encouraged Sophie not to engage in those discussions, no matter who is talking about which presidential candidate.
I’m not writing this post to scold this little girl, nor am I here to bash Trump. I’m also not here to convince you to vote for Clinton (I’ve already written about my feelings about that here). And really, whether you think Clinton is shady is really none of my business.
I believe different opinions are fine. But hate is not fine. And 8-year-old calling another 8-year-old a person who supports a murderer is not okay.
I wrote this post because I’m sad for our children. In this case, elementary school kids are burdened with these feelings and discussions. I’m sad this little girl felt the need to tell Sophie she’s voting for a killer. I’m sad Sophie has to hear these things in the third grade.
Needless to say, like most of you, I cannot wait for Election Day in less than a month.
A few days later, Sophie told me the little girl brought up the subject of Hillary Clinton again. So I asked what she said to her friend.
Sophie said, “I told her, let’s not get into a conflict. Let’s not talk about this. And [my friend] agreed.”
I’m glad Linus Van Pelt’s advice could help Sophie and her friend resolve their political differences.
1. October in Indiana is beautiful! The leaves are turning gold and red, and the weather is cooler (especially the evenings). Fall has always been my favorite season, although autumn in San Diego wasn’t much different than summer, spring and winter in San Diego. So now that I can experience a real fall season, I’m in heaven and enjoying every moment of it.
2. In case you missed my post on Friday, I reviewed a great writing book called Author in Progress by the writers at Writer Unboxed, one of my favorite websites. Writer Unboxed always has thought-provoking articles about the process of writing. For example, this article on why books written by women get such audience-limiting covers was fascinating and full of truth.
3. Speaking of book covers, you have to read this interview with a creative director for Penguin Classics. I had no idea how much goes into designing book covers. Fascinating stuff, including his favorite (and least favorite) book covers.
4. Loved this article about a blogger who ate all the pumpkin spice items in the grocery store, and then ranked them all. My pumpkin spice sampling has seriously lacked this season. Mainly because I haven’t been able to get my pumpkin fix since I’m over an hour away from the closest Trader Joe’s. That’s the one thing I miss about San Diego (no Trader Joe’s close by). But I did finish off a box of the pumpkin spice Cheerios and they were quite tasty.
5. Speaking of fall, remember when September meant all the television shows returned and new series premiered? I guess that’s still the case, although now there are so many great programs on cable during the year it doesn’t feel as exciting. We just finished watching “11-22-63″ on Hulu. I’m not a big fan of science fiction or fantasy, but I really liked this miniseries. I also binge-watched the first three seasons of “Rectify” — good, but not my favorite. The big surprise was “This is Us,” a new drama on NBC that I fully expected to hate because I thought it was trying to be the next “Parenthood.” But I ended up really liking it!
6. Finally, 2001 doesn’t seem that long ago … until you read these 17 things we were doing on our computers in 2001. I’d forgotten about Clippy the Paperclip in Microsoft Word, LiveJournal and waiting for videos to buffer. Ahh, so much progress in 15 years!
What’s going on in your life? What are you thinking about this Monday in October?
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Back in March, I began perusing Leah’s Thoughts and decided to curate groups of old posts from time to time, in order to give new readers a chance to see old posts. The first post was The Most Popular Blog Posts on Leah’s Thoughts. Those were the posts that received the most traffic, according to Google Analytics. Since we’re getting into the holiday baking season, I thought I’d round up my holiday recipes (and I have A LOT of recipes).
As I look back at all these old posts, I noticed how much more time I used to spend baking and photographing all my cooking adventures. I still do cook nearly every night, but I don’t blog the recipes here anymore. I’m not exactly sure why. Maybe it’s having less time, or I didn’t want this to become a food blog. Either way, looking at all these recipes inspired me to bake some fall treats. We’re hoping to go apple picking this weekend and I’ve been craving apple butter. I also bought pumpkin to make pumpkin bread and muffins.
So here you have it: A roundup of holiday recipes, starting with apples and pumpkins, of course!
Apple Desserts — Apple butter jam, honey apple cake and my grandmother’s apple cake
Bounty of Pumpkin Desserts — Pumpkin muffins, pumpkin snickerdoodles, pumpkin praline dessert and pumpkin roulade cake
Quick and Easy Halloween Treats — Pumpkin brownie bites, candy corn mini cupcakes and candy corn bark
Thanksgiving Dishes and Desserts — Crockpot stuffing, matzo stuffing, leak and mushroom bread pudding, Brussels sprouts with mustard sauce, Brussels sprouts with pancetta, creamed corn, butternut squash gallette, cranberry zinfandel sauce, cranberry crumb bars with mulling spices
Christmas and Holiday Cookie Baking — peppermint cupcakes, chocolate kiss cookies, Christmas shortbread cherries, toffee squares, lemon truffles, chocolate candy cane cookies, sugar cookie bars, peanut butter buckeye balls, candy cane fudge, cranberry bliss bars, hidden peppermint kiss cookies, mint chocolate brownies, fantasy chocolate fudge
Hanukkah Latkes — Yukon gold potato latkes (also one of the most popular posts on this blog)
Chinese New Year — Cashew chicken, steamed shu mai
Explosion of 4th of July Desserts — Patriotic cupcakes, flag cake, red-white-blue cookie bars, patriotic cake batter ice cream, red-white-blue Jello stars
Clearly I need to get my act together and start treats for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, New Year’s Eve, Passover and Easter. I have dozens more recipes, including popular crockpot creations, soups and other desserts. You can check out all the recipes I’ve posted on this blog on the Cooking and Recipes page.
Happy baking and eating!