Hope Pres Logo

A place for you

Mack's Corner

This Week

This week 03-10-15

When the excitement had settled

After last week's story about people doing things and making decisions that would change history, here's one I got one back from a woman who was right in the middle of it:

"I was just a silly 13yr old Catholic school girl, growing up in Texas in 1963. I was very excited to get out of school with some of my friends that day. Not excited that the one condition from the principal that we could be out of school was that we had to wear our school uniforms on that trip into Dallas to see President John Kennedy arrive at Love Field Airport. We got there early, stood right at the fence, worried that the sprinkling rain was going to mess up our big hair. The plane landed. The crowd pushed us against the fence. Our country's leaders and their wives walked right in front of us. I put out my hand to shake hands while trying to take pictures with my other hand. When the excitement had settled, I had been able to shake hands with all these famous people - except President Kennedy. I can still feel the soft, warm gloved handshake of Mrs. Kennedy. And I also have some great up close pictures that are my most valuable earthly possessions. We decided not to follow the crowd but instead stop at Kip's Big Boy and get something to eat. One of my friends had a little transistor radio and heard the terrible news. Everyone in the restaurant huddled around my friend and her 60's radio. The earth stopped turning for a moment. The restaurant was completely silent except for the forgotten hamburger still sizzling on the grill in the kitchen. We drove back to our little town in silence - five silly teenage girls now crying and one dad. Before taking us home, this dad stopped at our church so we could pray and talk to God about what we had experienced on that November day."

What a story! I wonder how long it took her to realize that she was there, part of an historic moment, touching an historic person. Can you imagine.. some one says "Do you remember when JFK was killed?" and she says "Yep, I was there, I shook hands with Mrs. Kennedy 20 minutes before it happened…." I bet it took years for her to understand that….

God's like that: We have access to the most historic person ever, God himself. I often think about that picture on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, it's called "the creation of man", where God is holding out his finger to touch man's finger (Google "Sistine Chapel" if you want to see it). We are so close but don't realize it. Right there next to him. The odd thing is that we see history and famous people as important, but God sees you as important….

I wonder who I'll meet today?


Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes - Living Well - Mediterranean Diet
THis is the kind of thing that makes everybody a good cook. It's so easy and so great.

Chicken Dijon From Melissa Clark

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

8 medium chicken drumsticks (about 3 pounds)

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard

3 tablespoons crème fraîche or sour cream (((
crème fraîche = half cream + half sour cream.. i.e. 1/2 C cream + 1/2 C sour cream Stirred Together)))

2 teaspoons chopped tarragon

Crusty bread, for serving

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Season the chicken drumsticks with salt and pepper, add them to the skillet and cook over moderately high heat, turning, until golden brown all over, about 10 minutes. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over moderately low heat until the chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes.

Transfer the chicken to a platter, cover and keep warm. In a small bowl, whisk the mustard with the crème fraîche and tarragon. Whisk the mixture into the skillet and simmer the sauce over moderate heat until thickened, about 5 minutes. Return the chicken to the skillet and turn to coat. Serve the chicken with crusty bread.


Posted by Mack Oates at 12:17 PM