Live with Craig Ferguson’s Hobo Fabulous Tour!

By Susie Lindau
Oh I see the tour still has places to go. And I wonder what will happen if a Scottish comedian is not banned in Boston because of ghost activity…
    “December 2 – Boston, MA – One of my favorite places for a good haunting.”

Susie Lindau's Wild Ride

Craig Ferguson Hobo Fabulous Tour. My review of his hilarious performance includes tour dates and locations. I won't have to do any ab workout today. You should go!

Good thing the Boulder Daily Camera posts daily events or I would have missed Craig Ferguson’s Hobo Fabulous Tour live at the Boulder Theater. He’s a hilarious Scottish comedian known for funny cultural jokes and crazy facial expressions. I love the guy. He hosted the Late Late show until 2014 and then moved on to an Emmy award-winning daytime show called Celebrity Name Game. Now he’s touring the US and Canada.

My husband, Danny, and I found our seats in the stratosphere above the nose-bleed section along with several others who bought last-minute tickets. I wondered why any tickets were left at all. I don’t think his tour is being advertised that well. Here’s my feeble attempt at getting the word out.

Ferguson seemed so comfortable with the audience and smoothly delivered a boatload (yes, boats play a part too) of hilarious life stories and observations. It shocked me when…

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Nourishing Words

A re-blog by Sarah Joy Green-Hart



Here’s to words:

Spoken with confidence and beauty, rich and full, the voice gives words a second life, driving the point into our hearts and minds.

Unkind words, stabbed into us, imprinted in our memory. The ones we dare not say to anyone else because we’ve learned . . . they hurt. These are words that give us courage to stand up for someone else who’s suffering under their weight.

Words of invitation that we speak to ourselves to welcome the light back inside. Words of rejection that refuse to make the same mistake twice.

Gentle words to lullaby us. Soothing and mellifluous, they deliver their message, soft as baby’s hair, and comfort us in our trouble.

Here’s to words:

Words we use to repair breaches between fellow souls. Sometimes they heal, and sometimes they’re a fire iron to stir up dying embers that must be addressed.

Whispered words. Secrets of…

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Gâteau au chocolat & poires sous son crumble (Chocolate-Pear Crumb Cake by LAURA) A re-blog temptation to read, to eat, to celebrate.

Gâteau au chocolat & poires sous son crumble (Chocolate-Pear Crumb Cake by LAURA) A re-blog temptation to read, to eat, to celebrate.

Si je devais surprendre mes invités avec cette recette merveilleuse, je devrais dire: “Surprise! Je n’y ai pas pensé moi-même, elle a été créée par Laura.” Mais je vais probablement mangé le tout avant l’arrivée de mes invités. Il est difficile de résister à une telle combinaison de destin gastronomique. Je pourrais tomber dans le parfum des amandes.

Vingt-et-un Degrés

C’est à l’occasion d’un apéro dinatoire entre copains – fans de chocolat – que j’ai innové avec cette recette de gâteau au chocolat & poires sous son crumble.

Une recette appréciée grâce à son côté moelleux et fort en chocolat, adoucit par les poires. Le crumble sur le dessus du gâteau ajoute un petit côté croquant très agréable.

Ce gâteau moelleux et gourmand est le dessert idéal pour surprendre vos invités avec une recette originale. Mais je l’avoue, elle n’est pas light du tout… Avis aux gourmands ! 🙂

Ingrédients pour le gâteau au chocolat :

  • 15g de cacao
  • 6 càs de lait
  • 1 boîte de poires au sirop
  • 1 sachet de levure chimique
  • 180g de farine
  • 80g de sucre
  • 2 œufs
  • 80g de beurre

Ingrédients pour la ganache au chocolat :

  • 5cl de crème fraiche liquide
  • 100g de chocolat noir

Ingrédients pour le crumble :

  • 60g de poudre d’amandes
  • 100g de sucre

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My pet Owl peeve

My pet Owl peeve

    I’ve seen that Google is a really clumsy robot and total multi-lingual scatterbrain. However, usually, the other translators are worse. But still, though better in comparison, it can be dreadful. But ain’t no way to fix it as they say in the song, “Je Ne Sais Quoi”.
    I even left “feedback” comments on one of the really bad translations. They obviously don’t really listen because it should have been very simple to fix: I put in the word “owl” and asked them to translate it into the Maori language. I took the result and translated it back into English. The word they gave me means “murder.” And I checked it with another translator on a Maori website. It definitely means “Murder.” And it’s not a metaphor of any kind — it’s just wrong. The Maori website has lots of words for “Owl” including the name of a native extinct species and they give the Latin scientific species name too. So it’s definitely not an eel. Whenever I go back to google it still says the same thing. Wrong. “Give us feedback so we can improve.” They don’t. Probably the computer reads the feedback. They have a check box for “This translation is wrong,” and a comment box. Neither are connected to anything. If I had billions of dollars, I’d fire the entire team and notify them of their termination by putting an owl on their desk. I have a feeling that there’s just an algorithm that waits for a million negative replies before referring the word to human experts in a particular language. They started the Maori translator because for a while it was a chic topic at a cocktail party to celebrate indigenous poeple’s rights around the world. At a glance, the translator looks very nice…

    Here is the Māori Dictionary Project:
John C Moorfield, Te Aka Online Māori Dictionary
    ” koukou

1. (verb) to hoot.
2. (noun) morepork, owl, Ninox novaeseelandiae – a native owl common throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand in wooded areas including suburbs, roosting by day and active at night.
3. (noun) topknot.

See also ruru

4. (noun) crest (of a bird). ”

Māori Resources

Complicated Grief: Loss of a Child

Complicated Grief: Loss of a Child

This Isn’t How Life Should Be… Loss is a normal part of life, if a difficult one. However, there are certain situations where loss is more complicated. One of the worst is the grief over loss of a child.  The death of a child seems wrong in many ways. They are too young, the parents …

Source: Complicated Grief: Loss of a Child

This is from a site that initially took comments, but now their comment box is either broken or they are rejecting comments. There is no way to communicate when there is a glitch. “Invalid token” doesn’t really tell me anything. So anyway, I’m posting my comment here. The “press this” function is working so maybe someone else can attempt to comment by going to the link.

I would say that anthropomorphizing God or other Deity is a major problem. If a baby dies, will it spend eternity saying “Da,da, goo, goo.” Who would teach and raise its consciousness? Will it be raised and taught to be an Angel, or some other higher being? If it can not retain its form, what form will it take. What if it had lived and been raised by imperfect parents, experienced trauma, love, and joy — then it would have developed a particular personality. Different events, or random events would have given it different personality formations. If it is raised in “heaven” or other alternative places, what personality will it develop? It couldn’t have a human personality — could it? So then, there’s also the possibility of re-incarnation, but many do not believe in that. Now what? I don’t see how it would be adequate to tell someone simply, “I don’t know.” And I don’t think saying, “Ask your clergy person” would do because they wouldn’t necessarily give an answer that would be helpful. It might be more harmful for someone to cling to a person pretending to know something definitive in a dogmatic way, or waiting for an answer that never comes.
    Pardon me, James, but I find this “Grief became one of my favorite topics in my counseling program,” very odd. A “favorite topic” sounds like a joyful thing. I’m not sure that learning to desensitize oneself from others pain is a good thing… or looking away or down in order to continue without ones own pain, in order to talk more, is a good thing if it doesn’t result in resolution.

Making Mousse

Making Mousse

Dessert is the bane of my existence
since Maria deserted me and
never gave me my just deserts,
never made my last chocolate mousse

I remember how she loved her bubble bath
called me in to join her a few times to soak
to giggle bubble with her in a lavender cloud

I never thought there’d be trouble
in the bubble of the bath of Maria

a hidden sadness simmering like
flawed chocolate in a bain-marie,

a flawed chocolate with
a raisin sin a raison d’être to not
beat the cream over ice until peaked

she set aside the sugar of her love
firm in her denial of chocolate
not folding in the eggs, white
like a ghost of her hidden sadness

— Douglas Gilbert

Experiment 01: Odd Broccoli & Macaroni

Experiment 01: Odd Broccoli & Macaroni

Experiment 01: Odd Broccoli & Macaroni

This is my cooking experiment. It’s not actually reccomended for humans. It could be tested on mice or gophers if they’ll eat it. I don’t have any so I’m going to try it myself.

This is my first experiment to try to make broccoli fast without oil or boiling. It turned out adequate. Maybe tomorrow I’ll try to make some adjustments. I tried this experiment because I’m tired of stir frying, and the last time I boiled and drained over the sink, I got steam in my face and almost burned my hand. Actually this experiment doesn’t appear to be much safer. I’ve just imagined it could possibly work.

Equipment available:
Fire extinguisher
Burn ointment
Telephone number for the poison control center


1 cup — Frozen Baby Broccoli Florets
1/4 cup — Macaroni Elbows No. 35 (uncooked)
2 tablespoons — High Fiber Oat Bran
1/4 teaspoon — Sage
1/4 teaspoon — Turmeric
1 teaspoon   — Sugar
1/2 teaspoon  — Salt
3/4 cup – Water
Balsamic Vinegar

1. Measure out into a microwaveable bowl, the sage, turmeric, salt, and oat bran

2. Stir and mix dry ingredients
3. Add Macaroni and sugar

4. Add about 13 Baby Broccoli Florets

5. Add water

6. Microwave on high for 5 minutes

7. Use pot holder to remove hot container
8. Stir carefully

9. Let sit for 5 minutes
10. Put the poison control telephone number by the phone.
11. Sprinkle on Balsamic Vinegar to taste.