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Chapters 293 & 294: Major & Minor

Happy Monday!

Hope you’re all having an excellent start to your week!

So, part of college is deciding what subject you want to major in. Or in some cases, two subjects you want to pursue a career in. Or one main subject, and two lesser subjects. Or one main subject, and an another, lesser subject. That’s known as a “major/minor”, and that is what I am currently planning to decide upon this year.

And what am I planning to major/minor in you ask? Psychology, with a minor in Creative Writing.

I’ve been interested in Psychology for years, so it just seems like the natural course to take in my studies. I want to help people as much as possible, and learning about what makes a person ‘tick’ is a really interesting concept to me. And as many of you know, I love to write, and so I think minoring in Creative Writing is an excellent choice.


So, what is/was your major/minor in college/university? Why did you choose it? Is your current career in that field, or something similar?

Hope you all have an awesome week! xxoo

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International Yarn Bombing Day: Twisted stitchers unite

Yarn Bombing enthusiasts leave their tags in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Yarn Bombing enthusiasts left their tags in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

International Yarn Bombing Day is here, and a large number of sew and sews in Ridgefield, Connecticut have stepped up to the plate spreading the love, and the wool, throughout their town.

I first wrote about Yarn Bombing, also known as Knitting Graffiti, back in April when a few tiny knitted swatches were found on tree branches in a nature preserve in Weston, Conn. Well, Ridgefield, the land of twisted stitchers, has taken fabric tagging to a new level.

A big shout out to Nancy O’Connell, owner of nancy o, a yarn shop and gift store in Ridgefield. Nancy drew attention to yarn handiwork in January when she got behind a project to make green and white scarves for families in Newtown following the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy. Now she’s one of the behind-the-scenes instigators for International Yarn Bombing Day, encouraging the colorful fabric tags that are marking the sidewalks of Ridgefield and the suburban landscape.

Kudos to all the Yarn Bombers out there who have added a touch brightness to the world.

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Recipe Reveal: Dishin’ up cicadas | Expect the Unexpected

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Crunch, crunch, yum, yum, Cicada-licious! photo

Crunch, crunch, yum, yum, Cicada-licious! — photo

Cicadas are much more than loud, annoying insects that rear their red-eyed heads above ground once every 17 years. A good source of protein, cicadas can also be transformed into tasty snacks, hearty meals, and delicious desserts.

When you get lemons, make lemonade, so when you get cicadas, why not make cicada dumplings or cicada rhubarb pie?

Chocolate covered cicadas. Bet you can't eat just one. —Sodahead photo

Chocolate covered cicadas. Bet you can’t eat just one. —Sodahead photo

Yes, I know I complained about cicadas in a previous blog post. But since them, I’ve written a newspaper article about them and spoken to a number of cicada enthusiasts. While I’m still not a convert myself, I’m fearing the little buggers less and less. They haven’t arrived in Connecticut yet, but they will soon.

Kudos to Jenna Jadin and University of Maryland Cicadamaniacs for taking their love of cicadas to the next level. They love them, Sally Field love them, especially dipped in chocolate.

The Cicadamaniacs have created a recipe brochure called Cicada-licious, Cooking and Enjoying Periodical Cicadas, which offers up a bunch of tempting recipes for cicada treats.

It contains good tips about cicadas, how to find the yummy ones, and how to properly prepare the delightful morsels for human consumption. Oh, I can hardly wait! Get the water boiling.

Here are a few recipes from Cicada-licious that sound especially yummy: Chocolate Covered Cicadas, Cicada Dumplings, El Chirper Tacos, Emergence Cookies which look like cicadas emerging from the mud, and Cicada Rhubarb Pie.

Will I actually make any of these recipes if I come across some cicadas? Stay tuned.

Chocolate Covered Cicadas

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Rainbows and Unicorns | Expect the Unexpected

The perfect hit, a rainbow unicorn.There are billions of searches done on the internet each day, leading people directly to websites and blogs. If you play your cards right and use the right keywords and tags you likely will get a lot of hits.

For example, I work for a Connecticut newspaper and a few years ago one of our sister papers ran a very simple photo of a rainbow on its website. The photo quickly got thousands of hits.

More recently, a rather ordinary little story merely mentioned the word “unicorn” and it too got thousands of quick hits.

Lesson learned? If you want to get a lot of hits on your blog, mention rainbows or unicorns. Seems that simple.

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In the midst of winter, I found there was within me an invincible summer. —Albert Camus

PJ_BlogPhotoHi everyone and welcome. I’m Patricia Gay, an award-winning journalist in the greater New York City area. I’ve been there, done that and bought the T-shirt. And then I sold the T-shirt to buy a standing-room-only ticket to A Chorus Line. As the assistant editor and writer for a Connecticut newspaper, no story is too big or too small. Whether it’s Superstorm Sandy or Christopher Plummer’s reaction to winning the Oscar, you name it, I’ll write about it. I have a passion for theater, film, the culinary arts, and fun. So stop in, have a look around and let’s talk.

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My membranes had ruptured a week earlier and contrary to what “people say” when your water breaks it does NOT mean you are in labor and will be giving birth momentarily.

When the flood gates broke (unfortunately while I was in bed), my husband grabbed my carefully prepacked travel bag which contained everything from a brand new soft bathrobe to a clock, and we fled post haste to the hospital. My doctor unveiled the bad news, I was “not ready.” But what about those pains I was feeling every now and again? No, he said, those were not contractions, when I had REAL contractions I would know it.

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