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Art Shows and White shirts

I went to an Art show downtown a few years ago. I'm not really a big Art show person but It was pretty cool, a bunch of people, South Main Street, cool art.  It was very Memphis mid-town.. art-sey. When we were leaving home, getting ready to go to the show, I thought I should change shirts, just so I wasn't all wrinkled. So I put on a clean white shirt, just like 1000 other guys wear to work every day. But I still had on my same jeans, same boots … just me. When we got there 15 different people told me how dressed up I was, asked me if I was going to some fancy place for dinner… stuff like that. I said "No, I just put on a clean shirt". I guess it depends on what you're used to. I guess If I wore a Tux every day people would have asked me if I had just finished mowing the yard and why was I so grubby, like maybe I needed to take a shower.

I turned my ankle one weekend. I stepped on one of those little spiked balls that fall off of sweet gum trees. I've learned not to fight it, just to go with it and fall as fast as I can. I've turned it a bunch of times and it really hurts if I try to keep my balance, so I just dive for the ground.  The bad part was that the only place to fall was in a big mud hole. It's funny how you can see a whole series of events in a split second. I could see myself face first in the mud as people walked by talking about me. "There's Mack. You know he falls down a lot… you never know where you'll see him... ya but doesn't his white shirt look nice, even though you can only see the back."

God's like that. The smallest things land us in the mud, and we seem to be in it all the time. But God sees our good side, he sees that white shirt, he sees Christ in us and he thinks "Mack's one of mine, I can tell by that shirt. He's a little dirty, but he'll wash off". God's good at washing off mud. You can't get too dirty!

Maybe I'll get one of those bionic ankles so I can run faster and jump higher and not fall down so much. Plus they are very cool at art shows. Got to be cool.

Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes:

When it's this hot my wife won't even let me turn on a light better yet an oven. So I thought I would give you 2 recipes that you don't have to cook. The first one is from one of my best friends. She had at a party and this was a big hit. This is one of those things where you can tell if its right when you can't stop tasting it to see if it's right. Serve with crackers/chips. but it also works as a sauce for grilled fish or over eggs and toast in the morning. Or puree it in a blender and add a little 7-up or something sparkling to it and you would have a great drink.

Blueberry Peach Salsa (frozen fruit will work on this, but fresh is better)

3 peaches, stoned (skins left on) and chopped

2 - 2½ Cups whole blueberries

¼ Cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

3 Tablespoons fresh mint, chopped

1 large jalapeno, seeded and minced

1 Vidalia or sweet onion, minced

4-5 Tablespoons Cilantro

Salt to taste

Combine and refrigerate. Can be made the day before.


The 2nd one is from Food&Wine

Shaved Zucchini Salad with Parmigiano and Pistachios

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Salt and freshly ground pepper

2 pounds small, firm zucchini, very thinly sliced lengthwise on a mandolin or use a potato peeler and peel off thin flat strips.

1/3 cup shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (about 1 1/2 ounces) .. use potato peeler for this to .. thin flat strips

3 tablespoons lightly salted roasted pistachios

In a small bowl, whisk the oil with the lemon zest and juice. Season with salt and pepper. In a large bowl, toss the sliced zucchini with the lemon dressing. Add the Parmesan and the pistachios, toss again and serve.

The dressing for this, Olive oil and lemon juice, can be used in any salad. Actually you only need a few drops of lemon juice to completely change the flavor of the olive oil.. A tsp of olive oil and 3 drops of lemon juice is a great dressing for one salad. Very summery and light..


How about saving a kid's life!!

When you give Platelets it's like giving St Jude $700 - $1000. If we don't give them, they have to buy them.

Giving Platelets is like giving blood, it just takes longer (1 1/2 hours) and you get all of your blood back (so you can do it every week if you want) . I know it's a long trip to go all the way down to St Jude, but you may be saving a kid's life . plus you get to watch a movie while you're there. Call Kim at 901.595.2024 and she'll setup an appointment and treat you like family. Just tell her you're from Hope.

Directions: From Poplar, turn north on Third Street, then right on Lauderdale/Jackson Ave (first right after you go under the expressway). Enter through the north guard gate (you'll see the Danny Thomas Pavilion. Gold top).

Tell the guard at the gate that you are here to donate blood. The guard will instruct you where to park. You will then enter the hospital by the red side door closest to the blood donor parking lot. The Blood Donor Center is in the southwest corner of the hospital on the ground floor.

Appointment times are generally available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Except on Tuesdays they start at 9:15am.

See you this weekend. Bring a friend. It's going to be great!!!



Posted by Mack Oates at 8:51 AM