Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | February 3, 2023

Favorite Quotes – 2023 – Post #5

Favorite Quotes – 2023 – Post #5

“Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.”

– Will Rogers

“The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.”

– Will Rogers

Today’s theme = Will Rogers

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Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | February 3, 2023

Picoblog Question – 2023 – Post #5

Picoblog Question – 2023 – Post #5

What is your favorite mix-and-match casserole recipe?

My two cents, but please share yours:

For the casserole base, use the following.

  • 1 can – Cream of chicken soup
  • 2c – Mayonnaise
  • 1t – Onion powder
  • 1t – Garlic powder
  • 1 pinch each – Salt and pepper
  • 1c – Shredded cheddar cheese (optional depending on the main ingredients).

To this base, you can add any main ingredients you prefer (i.e. 1-2 cups of diced, cooked chicken or frozen, chopped broccoli or a mix of sliced mushrooms, pecan bits, and poultry-seasoned bread chunks) and mix well. Top the casserole with cracker crumbs moistened with melted butter.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, bake for 30 minutes, and enjoy. As always, play with this mix-and-match recipe and make it your own.

How about you?

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | February 3, 2023

Techie Corner – 2023 – Post #2

Techie Corner – 2023 – Post #2

As new technologies emerge, what should each of us remember?

My two cents, but please share yours:

No matter how technologically advanced humans become, we should never lose the ability to live the electricity-free lifestyle of our ancestors. You never know when a coronal mass ejection from the sun will cause a worldwide electromagnetic-pulse event.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | January 25, 2023

Favorite Quotes – 2023 – Post #4

Favorite Quotes – 2023 – Post #4

“My theory on housework is, if the item doesn’t multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you?

– Erma Bombeck

“I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.”

– Erma Bombeck

Today’s theme = Erma Bombeck

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | January 25, 2023

Picoblog Question – 2023 – Post #4

Picoblog Question – 2023 – Post #4

What did your grandmother tell you every morning?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Most folks say, “Have a great day.” But my grandmother always said, instead, “Make it a great day.”

Not only did I look for good things to happen during the day but caught myself looking for ways to make the day even better.

So, make it a great day!

How about you?

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | January 25, 2023

Book Corner – 2023 – Post #1

Book Corner – 2023 – Post #1

What are you currently reading, and are you enjoying your books?

My two cents, but please share yours:

For fiction, I’m beginning The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah, our neighborhood book club selection for this month.

For nonfiction, I’m well into The Theoretical Minimum by Leonard Susskind and George Hrabovsky. This is the first volume of a set of four books that were designed to provide a physics refresher and update for those who studied this subject long, long, long ago. Enjoy.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | January 19, 2023

Favorite Quotes – 2023 – Post #3

Favorite Quotes – 2023 – Post #3

“You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.”

– Yogi Berra

“The future ain’t what it used to be.”

– Yogi Berra

Today’s theme = Yogi Berra

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | January 19, 2023

Picoblog Question – 2023 – Post #3

Picoblog Question – 2023 – Post #3

“Where you focus, that’s where you’ll go. What you focus on, that’s what will grow.”

How can we make the most of this advice?

My two cents, but please share yours:

It’s important to focus on good things and not bad ones, since either will grow. Here are a few ideas:

  • Focus on perfect health, not disease or ailments. Treat the problems, but don’t let your thoughts dwell there.
  • Focus on gratitude and blessings, not fears and worries.
  • Focus on abundance, not scarcity.

How about you?

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | January 19, 2023

Writers’ Corner – 2023 – Post #1

Writers’ Corner – 2023 – Post #1

What are some trends for writers for 2023?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Here are the trends I’ve found in order of reader preference:

  1. Avoid having too many characters.
  2. Avoid having too many characters with similar names.
  3. Historical accuracy. (If adjusting for a fictional plot, tell the reader the real facts in an author’s note.)
  4. Scientific accuracy. (If adjusting for a fictional plot, tell the reader the real facts in an author’s note.)
  5. Avoid politics, especially if only one side of any issue is presented.
  6. Happy endings.
  7. Avoid dystopian stories. Optimistic stories are increasingly preferable.
  8. Avoid foul language. Even if it’s accurate, it’s no longer appealing.
  9. Sweet and cozy stories are increasingly preferable.
  10. Clean, gentle humor is increasingly preferable. Readers want to laugh more.
  11. Unity is preferable. Readers are tired of divisiveness.
  12. Learning and travels are preferable. Readers want new experiences and want to see faraway lands vicariously.

What are your thoughts on this topic?

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | January 13, 2023

Favorite Quotes – 2023 – Post #2

Favorite Quotes – 2023 – Post #2

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”

– Benjamin Franklin

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

– Benjamin Franklin

Today’s theme = Benjamin Franklin

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