Plimoth Plantation, Massachusetts


Happy Thanksgiving! Here is a virtual tour of Plimoth Plantation the site of the first Thanksgiving. The teacher in me couldn’t resist this easy way to study history on this day of thanksgiving, feasting, movies, and shopping!

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Happy Thanksgiving!  I  just couldn’t resist re-sending you this video which is the living museum presentation  of this 17th  century settlement on the coast of Massachusetts where the first Thanksgiving was celebrated.  It is a thirty minute video for you to view as much as you are interested . The village, life style,language, and  clothing are as authentic as possible.  The Pilgrims answer questions in  language appropriate to the 1620s.  A bathroom would be a privy and if you ask about automobiles and or airplanes they react in great confusion because they would not be cognoscente of our culture or  modern day inventions.  I have visited Plimoth on field trips where   some students really get involved and ask questions, enjoying the “living” experience. Plimoth is the spelling of the original settlers, and not a misspelling.

Namaste. .  . . . This Is Plimouth Plantation in 1620s

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Cool at 13, Adrift at 23


Cool at 13, Adrift at 23


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At 13, they were viewed by classmates with envy, admiration and not a little awe. The girls wore makeup, had boyfriends and went to parties held by older students. The boys boasted about sneaking beers on a Saturday night and swiping condoms from the local convenience store.

They were cool. They were good-looking. They were so not you.

Whatever happened to them?

“The fast-track kids didn’t turn out O.K.,” said Joseph P. Allen, a psychology professor at the University of Virginia. He is the lead author of a new study, published this month in the journal Child Development, that followed these risk-taking, socially precocious cool kids for a decade. In high school, their social status often plummeted, the study showed, and they began struggling in many ways.

It was their early rush into what Dr. Allen calls pseudomature behavior that set them up for trouble. Now in their early 20s, many of them have had difficulties with intimate relationships, alcohol and marijuana, and even criminal activity. “They are doing more extreme things to try to act cool, bragging about drinking three six-packs on a Saturday night, and their peers are thinking, ‘These kids are not socially competent,’ ” Dr. Allen said. “They’re still living in their middle-school world.”

As fast-moving middle-schoolers, they were driven by a heightened longing to impress friends. Indeed their brazen behavior did earn them a blaze of popularity. But by high school, their peers had begun to mature, readying themselves to experiment with romance and even mild delinquency. The cool kids’ popularity faded.

B. Bradford Brown, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who writes about adolescent peer relationships and was not involved in the study, said it offered a trove of data. The finding that most surprised him, he said, was that “pseudomature” behavior was an even stronger predictor of problems with alcohol and drugs than levels of drug use in early adolescence. Research on teenagers usually tracks them only through adolescence, Dr. Brown added. But this study, following a diverse group of 184 subjects in Charlottesville, Va., starting at age 13, continued into adulthood at 23.

Researchers took pains to document the rise and fall in social status, periodically interviewing the subjects as well as those who they felt knew them best, usually close friends. About 20 percent of the group fell into the “cool kid” category at the study’s outset.

A constellation of three popularity-seeking behaviors characterized pseudomaturity, Dr. Allen and his colleagues found. These young teenagers sought out friends who were physically attractive; their romances were more numerous, emotionally intense and sexually exploring than those of their peers; and they dabbled in minor delinquency — skipping school, sneaking into movies, vandalism.

As they turned 23, the study found that when compared to their socially slower-moving middle-school peers, they had a 45 percent greater rate of problems resulting from alcohol and marijuana use and a 40 percent higher level of actual use of those substances. They also had a 22 percent greater rate of adult criminal behavior, from theft to assaults.

Many attributed failed adult romantic relationships to social status: they believed that their lack of cachet was the reason their partners had broken up with them. Those early attempts to act older than they were seemed to have left them socially stunted. When their peers were asked how well these young adults got along with others, the former cool kids’ ratings were 24 percent lower than the average young adult.

The researchers grappled with why this cluster of behaviors set young teenagers on a downward spiral. Dr. Allen suggested that while they were chasing popularity, they were missing a critical developmental period. At the same time, other young teenagers were learning about soldering same-gender friendships while engaged in drama-free activities like watching a movie at home together on a Friday night, eating ice cream. Parents should support that behavior and not fret that their young teenagers aren’t “popular,” he said.

“To be truly mature as an early adolescent means you’re able to be a good, loyal friend, supportive, hardworking and responsible,” Dr. Allen said. “But that doesn’t get a lot of airplay on Monday morning in a ninth-grade homeroom.”

Dr. Brown offered another perspective about why the cool kids lost their way. The teenagers who lead the social parade in middle school — determining everyone else’s choices in clothes, social media and even notebook colors — have a heavy burden for which they are not emotionally equipped. “So they gravitate towards older kids,” he said. And those older teenagers, themselves possibly former cool kids, were dubious role models, he said: “In adolescence, who is open to hanging out with someone three or four years younger? The more deviant kids.”

Dr. Allen offered one typical biography from the study. At 14, the boy was popular. He had numerous relationships, kissed more than six girls, flung himself into minor forms of trouble, and surrounded himself with good-looking friends.

By 22, he was a high-school dropout, had many problems associated with drinking, including work absenteeism and arrests for drunken driving. He is unemployed and still prone to minor thefts and vandalism.

But as Dr. Allen emphasized, pseudomaturity suggests a predilection; it is not a firm predictor. A teenage girl from the study initially had a similar profile, with many boyfriends at an early age, attractive friends and a fondness for shoplifting.

Yet by 23, Dr. Allen wrote in an email, “she’d earned her bachelor’s degree, had not had any more trouble with criminal behavior, used alcohol only in responsible ways and was in a good job.”

Dr. Mitchell J. Prinstein, a professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who studies adolescent social development, said that while teenagers all long to be accepted by their peers studies suggest that parents can reinforce qualities that will help them withstand the pressure to be too cool, too fast.

“Adolescents also appreciate individuality and confidence,” he said. “Adolescents who can stick to their own values can still be considered cool, even without doing what the others are doing.”

This is very interesting!   What are you thoughts? 
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Bell Family Thanksgiving Salad


Layered Salad

Posted by Ree


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This is a simple and beautiful salad, and a staple at potlucks and luncheons in my area of the country. You can vary the ingredients according to your taste and what you have in your fridge, and you can dress it up a bit with fresh herbs, Gorgonzola cheese—whatever makes your skirt fly up! The standard ingredients in most layered salads are lettuce or spinach (or both!) hard boiled eggs, crumbled bacon, grated cheese, green onions, and green peas, which are layered in a pretty glass bowl so the layers can be seen in all their colorful beauty.

But the true sign of a layered salad is what goes on top: an incredibly simple dressing, which is spread evenly over the top so as to “seal in” the ingredients below. After that, it’s refrigerated, then tossed on site just before serving.

This is perfect for a Labor Day picnic! The perfect cool, crisp complement to all the grilled meats.

And it’s purty.
TPW_2873Here’s what you need. You can switch up the ingredients, add in things that excite you, change the variety of cheese—the world is your oyster!

TPW_2878If you have a clear glass bowl, grab it. If not, any ol’ bowl will do. Start with a layer of chopped iceberg.

TPW_2891Sprinkle on some kosher salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper.

TPW_2903Next comes a layer of baby spinach.

TPW_2905And another sprinkling of salt and pepper. This seasoning is important; it’ll give the salad more flavor once it’s all tossed together.

TPW_2897After that, crack open some hard boiled eggs. I just tap-tap-tap the middle with a sharp knife…

TPW_2898Then slide the shell right off.

TPW_2901Then I just give it a rough chop. You can neatly slice the eggs if you’re into that kind of thing, or you can dice them finely. But I’m sort of a rough chop kind of girl.

TPW_2911While you’ve got the knife in your hand, go ahead and chop up the bacon, too.

TPW_2914Make a nice layer of eggs, then a layer of bacon.

TPW_2920Hard boiled eggs + Bacon = TruLuv4Evr.

TPW_2916Here’s a little trick I do: since I want the ingredients to really show on the outside of the bowl, I concentrate them around the perimeter, then fill in the center with more lettuce or spinach.

It’s all a sham!

A delicious, colorful sham.

TPW_2923Next, dice up some tomatoes…

TPW_2925And throw them over the top.


TPW_2895Next, slice up a bunch of green onions…

TPW_2938And sprinkle those over the tomatoes. Color is bursting from the bowl!

TPW_2945Next comes a layer of grated cheese; I used sharp cheddar, but you can use Swiss, mozzarella, colby-jack…whatever you’d like! Just please grate your own. Please? Please please please please please?

Thank you.

TPW_2956And next, one of the definite signs of a true Layered Salad: a generous layer of frozen (and partially thawed) green peas.


TPW_2970And now for the weirdness. Combine sour cream and mayonnaise in a bowl.

TPW_2976Add a tablespoon or two of sugar. This is totally optional, and can be left out. But I really like what the sugar does to the dressing—doesn’t make it overly sweet, just gives it a little dimension.

Note: this is going to wind up being the dressing for the salad, so you can dress it up however you’d like. Fresh herbs would be nice, or just a little garlic.

I’m a purist, though. For this salad, I like things plan. Let the salad ingredients—not the dressing—take center stage!

TPW_2979Mix it together till smooth, then pour it over the top of the salad.

TPW_2982Smooth it out with a spoon…

TPW_2987And bring the spoon out to the edges to seal in the ingredients below.

TPW_3002And that is IT, my dears. Now cover it with plastic wrap and store it in the fridge for a few hours. That’s one of the beauties of this salad: make it beforehand and you’ll have plenty of time to paint your nails, do your hair, apply a rejuvenating mask, wax, self-tan, and try on eight different outfits before the picnic.

TPW_3012When it’s party time, garnish the top with a little of whatever leftover ingredients you might have: a little egg, a little bacon, a sprinkling of peas. Then just toss it at the party and add a little color to everyone’s plate.

Everyone’ll love it!

Here’s the printable:



Layered Salad

Prep Time:
30 Minutes
Cook Time:


  • SALAD:
  • 2 heads Iceberg Lettuce, Chopped
  • 8 ounces, fluid Baby Spinach, Washed And Dried
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 8 whole Hard Boiled Eggs, Chopped
  • 16 ounces, weight Bacon, Cooked And Chopped
  • 4 whole Tomatoes, Chopped
  • 1 bunch Green Onions, Thinly Sliced
  • 8 ounces, weight Cheddar Cheese, Grated
  • 1 bag (10 Ounce) Frozen Peas, Partially Thawed
  • 1/2 cup (Real) Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar (more To Taste)
  • Fresh Dill, Chopped

Preparation Instructions

In a clear glass bowl, layer salad ingredients in the order they appear above, concentrating ingredients around the perimeter of the bowl and filling in the center with lettuce, if needed. End with the layer of peas.

Combine dressing ingredients in a separate bowl and mix well. Pour over the top of the peas and spread to cover, bringing dressing all the way out to the edges of the bowl. Sprinkle with fresh dill.

Cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours. Toss just before serving.

Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions?  Not too late to begin this year! 

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Music Monday “Travelin’ Shoes” Elvin Bishop

Elvin Bishop was born in California, but at the age of 10 moved to the south.  It was in Tulsa, Oklahoma he fell in love with the “blues” by listening to the radio.  At the time, Tulsa was an all white city. The group caught its big break in 1971 when they did a series of concerts with the Allman Brothers at Fillmore East.

Bishop is known as a “white blues man” who tells corny jokes in concert.  Sounds authentic to this southern girl !  He has a presence even now on social media.   Check him out on Facebook!


Toe tapping, right?  Makes you want to dance? 

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Good Neighbors

This will make you smile on this Sunday morning.  See what happens in Canada at the beginning of a hockey match when the  microphone went out.  Keep it mind, the crowd is in Toronto!

Now, the  question is  would have happened if the countries were reversed? I don’t think so.  I personally know only the first two words . . . .  “Oh Canada. . . .”  Sadly, I think there are many Americans who don’t know all the words to  OUR National Anthem, let alone Canada’s!

Comments or thoughts? 

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November 22, 1963 The Death of Innocence



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Michael Brown’s Father Pleads for Peace

Michael Brown’s father is urging Ferguson protesters to remain peaceful ahead of the grand jury’s announcement.  A father’s plea for nonviolence to honor his son is painfully  clear.


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