Culinary no-no #705


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After Sunday Mass today I kept my weekly tradition by heading over to Meyer’s Restaurant in Greenfield. I was dining solo today so I sat and ordered at the bar with some other regulars.

How long have I been patronizing Meyer’s? Seems like forever, and like “Cheers,” everybody knows my name. Or at least they used to. Some untimely waitress deaths and big turnover have resulted in lots of new faces.

Like many restaurants today Meyer’s needs bodies. To the point where the bodies they are fortunate to have get moved around. Today’s bartender normally works taking care of banquets and catering.

Meyer’s (food and service still great) has been hanging out the HELP WANTED sign a lot lately. They are not alone. But filling available slots is tough when an easily obtained government check is your competition and our contemporary work ethic stinks. This week’s serious no-no is short but not sweet.


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Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute?

Mary Magdalene - Saint - Biography

On the contrary.

In the Bible, Mary of Magdala, Mary Magdalene is mentioned more times than most of the apostles.

Maurice Casey, author of Jesus of Nazareth, speculated that Mary suffered from severe emotional or psychological trauma that required an exorcism. Possessed by demons, Mary was battered and bruised, injured and in agony, lost all control and dignity.

Jesus recognized Mary, saw her desperation, and ordered the demons to leave her. Mary’s freedom led her to a lifelong gratitude, as she became one of Jesus’ many followers.

There’s a legendary story about Mary but there were so many with that name in that time and place it’s unclear if it was actually Mary Magdalene who performed this act of kindness. Luke wrote in his gospel:

“A woman in that town (Bethany) who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.” 

Just as there is no reference clearly identifying Mary Magdalene as the woman who wiped Jesus’ feet, there is no specific mention that she was the repentant sinner who was once a prostitute.

Also from the Gospel according to Luke:

“After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.” 

The four Gospel accounts record the presence of women at the foot of the cross where Jesus was crucified. Mark, Matthew, and john wrote Mary Magdalene was among them. She remained after Jesus died and followed along to witness the burial.

From John’s gospel:

“Mary sat with her tears long enough to peer into the tomb and see something the men hadn’t seen. Angels. They asked her why she was crying. She gave the most telling answer: ‘They have taken away my Lord.’

“… she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. He asked her, ‘Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?’ Thinking he was the gardener, she said, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.’ She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, ‘Rabboni!’ (which means ‘Teacher’). Jesus said, ‘Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’’ 

Mary Magdalene: Wife, Prostitute or None of the Above? - HISTORY

Mary Magdalene is considered a saint by the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran churches. Her feast day is July 22. That would have been this past Thursday.

Christine Weerts, author of “Heroes of Faith: Rosa J. Young,” is a researcher with the Alabama Black Lutheran Heritage Association. She writes that Magdalene was “a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and the first witness to the Resurrection.”

Read Weerts’ column here.

Photos of the Week (07/25/21)

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo celebrates with the MVP Trophy following game six of the NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 20, 2021. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

A pictorial week-in-review posted every Sunday.

1) The Milwaukee Bucks win the NBA Championship! Photo gallery: TMJ 4.

2) A woman shouts and waves a Cuban flag as she drives past outside Versailles restaurant, in reaction to reports of protests in Cuba against its deteriorating economy, in Miami, Florida. Photo: REUTERS/Marco Bello

3) Top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci responds to accusations by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., as he testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee about the origin of COVID-19, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photo: AP

4) Billionaire businessman Jeff Bezos is launched with three crew members aboard a New Shepard rocket from Blue Origin’s Launch Site 1 near Van Horn, Texas, July 20, 2021. Bezos, the world’s richest person, soared some 66.5 miles above the Texas desert aboard his company Blue Origin’s New Shepard launch vehicle and returned safely to Earth, a historic suborbital flight that helps usher in a new era of space tourism. Photo: REUTERS/Joe Skipper

5) This still image from video by Blue Origin shows billionaire Jeff Bezos and pioneering female aviator Wally Funk emerging from New Shepard spacecraft after returning from the world’s first unpiloted suborbital flight near Van Horn, Texas. Photo: Reuters

6) Ramon Castro, a U.S. Marine veteran, holds the American flag as he takes part in the “Walk the Line” walk at the border between the U.S. and Mexico, to call for the return of war veterans who were deported to Mexico, in Sunland Park, New Mexico. Photo: REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

7) In London people without face masks shop on Oxford street as coronavirus restrictions are lifted. England lifted virtually all of its coronavirus restrictions on 19 July, setting it at odds with the three other nations of the UK and sparking concern among scientists. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

8) In Brighton, UK, clubbers line up around the block at a few minutes to midnight waiting for Covid-19 restrictions to be dropped and for Pryzm nightclub to open its doors. Photograph: Chris Eades/Getty Images

9) Nina Gomes, 4, collects garbage in the sea accompanied by her father Ricardo Gomes at the Praia Vermelha beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil July 9, 2021. The girl picks trash with her father, a marine biologist and director of the NGO Instituto Mar Urbano, from the water along the beaches of Rio. “She is already a mini-defender of the ocean,” her father said. Asked why she collects waste from the sea, she says: “Because (otherwise) fish and turtles die.” Photo: REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

10) The Met Life and Chrysler buildings glow through a thick haze hanging over Manhattan in New York, July 20, 2021. Wildfires in the American West are creating hazy skies as far away as New York. Photo: AP

11) A woman stands in front of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic mascots Miraitowa and Someity in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: REUTERS/Thomas Peter

12) A woman holds a placard during a protest against the hosting of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Photograph: Philip Fong/AFP/Getty

13) Maria Fazekas of Hungary attends a table tennis training session at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: AP

14) Fireworks light up the sky over the Olympic Stadium during the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 opening ceremony. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

15) Empty seats inside the stadium for the opening ceremony. Photograph: Maja Hitij/Getty Images

16) Disabled Manuel Molina, 80, sits on an amphibious chair as he is helped by lifeguards Olga Diaz and Micaela before swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, at Barcelona’s Nova Icaria Beach, Spain. Photo: Reuters

17) Cameron Smith explores Moby’s Cave, which forms part of a network of caves under the Arbroath Cliffs on the Angus coast of Scotland. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

18) A bear cub clings to a tree after being spotted by a safety officer at the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon. Photograph: Bryan Daniels/AP

19) A Common Loon chick hitches a ride on its mother’s back on Maranacook Lake in Winthrop, Maine, July 20, 2021. Photo: AP

20) A visitor takes pictures of Two Figures by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei during the presentation of his exhibition, Ai Weiwei: Intertwine at the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto, Portugal. Photograph: Miguel Riopa/AFP/Getty Images

Amazing fireflies

Last night as Kyla was enjoying a sleepover with friends at a spot that also featured a mega popular swimming pool Jennifer and I spent some time on our backyard patio.

Nice breeze.

Not very humid.

And no mosquitoes.

Those nasty critters stayed away but we did head indoors after 9:00 just to play it safe.

Before it got totally dark we did witness a bit of a light show, but nothing like in Tennessee.

Week-ends (07/24/21)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of  This Just In…



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State Rep. Barbara Dittrich, R-Oconomowoc

Officer Ronald Kennedy

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Liz Cheney


“This is a feeling, like this is an addictive feeling. I love playing in the playoffs. I love playing in the Finals. This is the moments I want to chase. I want the team to build off this and hopefully we can do it again.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo after the Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA championship

“Obviously I wanted to get the job done. That’s my stubborn side. It’s easy to go somewhere and go win a championship with somebody else. It’s easy. I could go to a superteam, and just do my part to win a championship. But this is the hard way to do it, and we did it.”

“Can anybody point me to that one time in history where the side that was demanding censorship, segregation, propaganda, radical education, papers to move freely in society, plus government forces going door to door to demand compliance were the good guys?”
Candace Owens

“Earlier this month, Chicago Public Schools announced that it would be making free condoms available in schools, beginning with children in the fifth grade. … It’s time for some brutal honesty. This isn’t about the ‘health’ or ‘safety’ of the children. If it were, the adults would be up in arms at the mere prospect of elementary school children or middle schoolers having sex and would be doing everything in their power to prevent it. But sex is the only destructive behavior that the grown-ups just can’t bring themselves to discourage outright.”
Laura Hollis

“I don’t any take great pleasure … in clashing with the senator. I have a great deal of respect for the institution of the Senate of the United States. But [Rand Paul] was completely out of line. He totally distorted reality. And he made some inflammatory and, I believe, slanderous remarks about lying under oath, which is completely nonsense. I mean, and some of the things he says are so distorted and out of tune with reality, I had to call him on that. I didn’t enjoy it, but I had to do that because he was completely out of line. Totally inappropriate.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci

“I do think that [Dr. Anthony Fauci has] been giving us shades of the truth from the very beginning, but I also think that he is predictable as an elitist. People on the Left believe they know better than you and they think that the common man’s too stupid to make their own decisions, so these decisions need to be made by their betters. And I truly think that he believes that he knows better. … He calculates what the people need to hear and he tells them that regardless of whether it’s true.”
Senator Rand Paul

“Spending $3.5 trillion and expecting it to combat inflation is like throwing gasoline on a fire and hoping it goes out.”
Congressman Ralph Norman

“If Democrats in Washington cared about illegal immigration, they would be trying to finish Trump’s wall — a great infrastructure project. Instead, they’re trying to shove a massive amnesty plan into their infrastructure bill.”
Gary Bauer

“There’s nobody suggesting there’s unchecked inflation is on the way. No serious economist.”
Joe Biden

“Verdict: False. Larry Summers is worried about inflation. He has been the Treasury Secretary under Bill Clinton, director of the National Economic Council under Barack Obama, chief economist of the World Bank, and president of Harvard University. He is one of the most prominent economists in the United States today.”
John Carney

“Remember when the Democrat sales pitch for Biden a year ago was that he would unite America, calm things down, and help the middle class afford stuff like gas, housing and groceries? Hilarious.”
Buck Sexton

“There’s Mrs. Biden, Dr Jill to you. Anybody who thinks she will give up being the First Lady without a fight has badly misjudged her. Furthermore, the notion that she would merely stand by and let Joe hand over the reins to Kamala is ludicrous. Joe Biden might be able to brush off the fact that the Vice-President called him a racist and a rapist. After all, that’s just politics. But I’m certain that Mrs. Biden thinks about it every time she’s within 100 yards of the cackle.

“If Joe Biden passed away in his sleep, I have no doubt that Dr. Jill would have him stuffed and then prop him up as the need arose. Nobody, I suspect, would ever notice.”
Columnist Burt Prelutsky


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Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

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Today’s highly interesting read (07/22/21): Don’t Renew Teachers Union Contracts When They Expire

Today’s highly interesting read (07/21/21): A Greek Freak, An American Story

Today’s highly interesting read (07/20/21): The Right to Be Let Alone: What to Do When COVID Strike Force Teams Come Knocking

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The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (07/24/21)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Originally written by both my lovely wife, Jennifer and me, this blog brings you the latest news about our furry friends including articles, columns, photos and videos. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.

TODAY: Partly cloudy with afternoon showers or thunderstorms. Potential for severe thunderstorms. High of 91. Chance of rain 50%. “C”

SUNDAY:  Sunny along with a few clouds. High of 92.  “B”

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

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Cats are better than dogs (at catching coronavirus).

Dog trainers in high demand from the pandemic puppy boom.

A canine that served as an emotional relief dog after the Surfside collapse in Florida has received some much needed care of its own.


Dog trapped inside stolen truck taken on high-speed police chase.

When a woman stole his dog, this man didn’t press charges. Instead, he’s paying for her drug rehab.

A moment that changed me: meeting the rescue dog who comforted me through unfathomable loss.

Ice cubes are safe for dogs, contrary to alarmist social media claims. That reminds me of a blog Jennifer wrote in July of 2018.

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Aquinas once asked: What if a dog consumed a consecrated host?

A Bloodhound Mary please bartender, and one for my dog.

Cat Sleeps Under Dog’s Ear in TikTok Video.

Last Sunday at the Bastille Day Pop-Up Festival in Mequon we met Zora the Water Dog.

She was named after Zorro, one of favorite and under-appreciated Disney characters.

We also met one of Zora’s owners.

Zora and Amanda Lowney have a special bond.

Watch this feature report from CBS 58 Milwaukee in 2019.

And FOX 6 Milwaukee.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for stopping by.

We’d really appreciate it if you forward this on to other dog lovers you know. Let them have some fun!

See ya, BARK, next Saturday!

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Goodnight everyone, and have a 2021 Christmas in July weekend!

Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.

Christmas in July reportedly began on July 24th and 25th in 1933 at a girl’s camp called Keystone Camp in Brevard, North Carolina.  There was a Christmas tree, snow made from cotton, laundry bags used as makeshift stockings, and even Santa Claus.

Or did the tradition start at Yellowstone Park when a stagecoach ran into a freak summer blizzard. Stranded in the Rocky Mountains at the Old Faithful Inn, the riders refused to be distraught, and celebrated Christmas.

C’mon Kev. Who are you tryin’ to kid? Obviously some marketing team on Madison Avenue dreamed up this summertime opportunity.

If not them, had to be Hallmark, or the Hallmark Channel.

No one knows for sure, but it’s a thing now.

This week, we’ve got Christmas music that is definitely Christmas music that doesn’t really or immediately sound like Christmas.

Admit it. You’re curious. What do we have up our sleeve to pull this off?

And you think it’s absolutely nuts. Why, whoever heard of Jingle Bells when it’s in the 70’s or 80’s and not a snowflake in sight. Crazy, right?

No, no. no. Trust me. All you’ve got to do is embrace the music.

Take the December music in month #7 and just welcome it!

The Hollyridge Strings, an orchestra of studio musicians that recorded easy-listening covers for Capitol Records in the 1960s and 1970s. They became quite popular after releasing an album totally devoted to the Beatles that led to more Beatle renditions and tributes to other artists.

The following ensemble was a group of studio musicians who recorded a series of easy listening instrumental albums for Capitol Records at the peak of the British Invasion era. The band of musicians covered tunes from just about anybody who was big.

This is an original Christmas song for a 1966 album written by the group founder Stu Phillips.

If you listen to The Beatle Brunch Radio Show on WRIT-FM in Milwaukee every Sunday morning at 8:00 for an hour of music and interviews with The Beatles you’ll often hear the “Hollyridge Strings” being played underneath as background music while host Joe Johnson narrates certain segments.

Time now for the quintessential Christmas song that’s not a Christmas song but has become a Christmas song.

From a famous movie musical the song has absolutely nothing to do with Christmas, save for the lyric “Brown paper packages tied up with strings.” And c’mon. BROWN paper? I don’t think so.

Here’s lovely country star Lorrie Morgan in a video with an unexpected twist.

Morgan still records and tour today.

“Where I am in my life right now, I’m not afraid to express what I feel, or what I don’t feel,” she said. “I’m not afraid to express my views on anything, especially on being a woman. I have been a daughter, a bride, a mother, a divorcee, a widow, a single mother, a breadwinner and, ultimately, a survivor. In many ways, I am a living, breathing country song.”

Back into the vault of Christmas music that isn’t really Christmas music but actually is.

I explain. There’s not a single mention of Christmas or anything Christmas-related here, and the reason is simple. There are no words. It’s an instrumental, and a pretty popular one at that. Vince Guaraldi’s classic is performed marvelously here with a brief surprise tossed in.

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Guaraldi composed “Linus and Lucy” for “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”  Lee Mendelson was the animated special’s executive producer of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Mendelson recalled a phone conversation he had with Guaraldi.

“He said he wanted to play something he had just written,” Mendelson said. recalled. “I told him that I would prefer to come hear it at his studio rather than over the telephone, but he said he couldn’t wait, ‘I’ve got to play this for someone right now or I’ll explode!’ he said. I told him to go ahead, and what I heard over the next two minutes stunned me. It was perfect for the Peanuts characters! When he returned to the phone, I asked him what he was going to call it. He said, ‘Linus and Lucy.’ Little did we know that years later this piece would become a jazz standard throughout the world.”

David Benoit credited “A Charlie Brown Christmas” for sparking his love of playing jazz piano.

“That was the first time that jazz piano has been used in animation, which helped make it a really groundbreaking show,” Benoit said in a book written by Mendelson. “I agree with a lot of people who believe that a big part of the success of ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ was Vince’s music.”

That’s it for this week.


Sleep well.

Have a great weekend, and hey, Merry Christmas!

If I was to write down a bucket list (I haven’t) I would surely include a trip to New York to see trumpeter Wynton Marsalis leading a program at Lincoln Center.

Here, from 2015, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra along with guest vocalists Denzal Sinclaire and Audrey Shakir perform the greatest sacred Christmas classic in a way you’ve never heard before. Also featured is Dan Nimmer on piano, a Milwaukee native.