Category Archives: Photography

Sunday Scenes: July 3, 2016

turquoise door

I liked the way one could see windows through the window of the door. I also liked the fact that there were other doors, that one could see while looking through the window of the turquoise door.

brown door

The door above gave me a sense of warmth due to the tones. I liked the arched shape to it, and how it was ‘encapsulated’ within the arches.

I took the photo of the doors above while walking on a trail in a local park, recently.


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Sunday Scenes: June 19, 2016

Through Trees

My goodness! I didn’t realize that I have neglected this site for as long as I have.

I have managed to read quite a few books since my last post:

When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi
Houses, by Borislav Pekin
The Book of Blam, by Aleksandar Tisma
The Remains of Love, by Zeruya Shalev
The Baker’s Daughter, by Sarah McCoy
The Wall, by H.G. Adler
The Inn at Lake Devine, by Elinor Lipman
Lilac Girls, by Martha Hall Kelly
Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage and One American Family’s Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris
The Best Place on Earth: Stories, by Eyelet Tsabari
Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
Alice & Oliver, by Charles Bock
Ravens in Winter, by Bernd Heinrich
The Book of Speculation, by Erika Swyler
Enchantment, by Orson Scott Card
Country of Red Azaleas, by Domnica Radulescu
When We Were Strangers, by Pamela Schoenewaldt

The photo above was taken on a walk through a local trail.


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Sunday Scenes: May 1, 2016


We did not all come over on the same ship, but we are all in the same boat. Bernard Baruch

I am sorry for the update. I want to include Batya’s Kosher Cooking Carnival post.  Browse through the links.  There are appetizing choices!


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Lorri M. News-April 19, 2016


It’s Tuesday! Yes, indeed! Tuesday is here! Not that there is anything special occurring in my life, but I wanted to begin this post in a positive manner!

I do have some news to share, since the last time I posted: The April 2016 Jewish Book Carnival is up, hosted by Heidi Estrin on The Book of Life! There is so much to browse through! Go visit!

The Pulitzer Prizes were announced this past Monday, April 18, 2016. You can view the winners, here. I absolutely loved the fact that the Play, ‘Hamilton’, by Lin-Manuel Miranda, won in the ‘Letters Drama and Music category! The play has sparked much enthusiasm across America!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

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Sunday Scenes: April 10, 2016

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Passover is almost upon us. I always enjoy spreading hummus on a piece of matzah. I do this throughout the year, but during Passover, matzah is significant to the Jewish population. To put it very simply, Passover signifies the the release by G-d of the Jews from slavery and captivity. There was no time to allow the bread they were baking to rise, as they had to leave quickly. So, this bread of ‘release from slavery and captivity’ is embedded in the Passover Seder meal ritual.

Here is a recipe for hummus, one that can be made quickly, and one where you can delete or add spices to your taste.

1 15 ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed-save the juice.
1 clove of minced garlic (1 1/2 for spicier)
1/4 cup of olive oil-Keep more aside for serving purposes
2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt (or a bit more depending on taste)
1/4 teaspoon of paprika
2-3 drops of tabasco sauce (if you want spicier hummus)
2 tablespoons of tahini-optional

Puree the chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, ground cumin, kosher salt, and/or tabasco sauce and tahini if you are using them, until the texture is smooth and creamy. Add 1-2 teaspoons of water or the saved juice from the chickpeas to get to your preferred consistency. Some like a thicker texture, so go by your standards.

Transfer to a bowl. Drizzle some olive oil over the hummus, and sprinkle the paprika over it. If you want, swoosh the olive oil and paprika very lightly with a toothpick or the side of a knife to give it a visual flair.

If you are not serving it immediately, refrigerate it, covered.



Unleavened Pound Cake

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar (I use sugar substitute)
4 eggs (I use egg substitute for cholesterol purposes)
1 1/2 tsp.vanilla + a dribble more
1/4 tsp.nutmeg
2 c. flour (for Passover I used 5 /8 cup of potato starch for each cup of flour mentioned in unleavened recipe)
1/4 tsp. salt

Cream butter, gradually adding sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time. Sift together flour, salt and nutmeg.

Gradually add dry ingredients to egg mixture and beat until thoroughly blended. Turn batter into greased loaf pan or bundt cake pan. Bake at 325° for 1 hour. Cool cake in pan. Check after 50 minutes to make sure it doesn’t overcook, as ovens vary. Makes one loaf or bundt cake.

Don’t be alarmed that it won’t turn out to be as high as normal, remember, it is an unleavened pound cake.

Please take a moment to look up to the skies, and to the nature surrounding you, and reflect on events that have transpired where you live, in your personal life, in the world, and within your family. Be well, stay safe.


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Pre Passover Kosher Cooking Carnival & More


-Batya – A Jewish Grandmother – is asking for links for her planned pre-Passover Jewish Cooking Carnival.

She wants “links to your favorite Passover food posts, or your recipes, tips etc.”  You can read more about it, here.

-Nobel Prize-winning author Imre Kertész died on March 31 at age 86.

-David Grossman’s novella ‘Falling Out of Time’ will make its world premier on the Theater J stage.

The 90-minute meditative drama, which runs through April 17 in the Goldman Theater of the Washington, D.C., Jewish Community Center, is in parts thought-provoking, wrenching and captivating.

I have read ‘Falling Out of Time, an extremely compelling,  intense and poetic novella, several times over, and cannot fathom the intensity a stage adaption will bring to the audience.

-‘Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American‘ is an exhibit opening on April 7th, at the Skirball Cultural Center, in Beverly Hills, CA.


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