For your amusement:

My mother had a couple of envelopes of various clippings, sayings, articles, poems, cartoons and such she had saved because they meant something to her. I was looking through one of these just before the anniversary of her death and found this bit of amusement.

This was written by my great-grandmother on the eve of the 20th Century. She was 20 years old, and a new bride when the 20th century began. While a student at Bloomingdale Academy, her English Literature textbook had featured an essay on the wonders of progress and the rosy prospects for the 20th Century. This inspired her to write in, on a blank page of the book, her own light hearted forecasts.

THE NEW CENTURY–1900  Reflections of Etna Marie Hixson

“The nineteenth century is great, but a century will come when children will be born with wigs, false teeth, glasses, and will study Latin and Geometry while they are too young to stand alone.

Everyone will own a flying machine, and the ladies of the world will give teas for their friends on Mars. The art of cooking will be developed until we will be fed stewed air, baked water, and fried sunlight.

People will no longer wonder why they dream or what becomes of the things they once knew, but they will have heads that can hold everything, eyes equal to the X-rays, ears that can hear a Chinaman snoring on the other side of the world, and noses that can smell the coffee and fried potatoes in the tavern on the Moon.

People will sleeep with their eyes open and keep their mouths shut during the entire meal.

In a more contemplative mood, she had also written this on the back page of the same book:

I sat alone with my conscience

In a place where time had ceased,

And I looked at my former being

In the land where the years increased.

And I thought of my former thinking

Of the Judgement Day to be;

But sitting alone with my conscience

Seemed judgement enough to me.

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Tasty Tuesday July 28

This still falls under the “too hot to cook” heading. I have for you another cool summer pasta salad. This was a favorite last summer.

Summer Pasta Salad with Baby Greens

1 package baby spinach and arugula mix
6 oz garden rotini
1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes or one large garden-fresh ripe tomato.
2 Tbl capers, drained
2 Tbl balsamic vinegar
1 tsp red wine vinegar
2 Tbl good olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbl shaved Parmesan.

Cook pasta according to directions, drain and rinse under cool water.
Add dressing ingredients to a large bowl, mix. Add pasta and greens, toss and top with Parmesan before serving.
This would be good with smoked oysters or tuna added if you want a little added protein. Some cooked quinoa would probably be good, too.