My dearest Senator Scott:

After last night’s “shitshow” (not my words but those of a valued fellow blogger) on all major networks, I received an e-mail via twitter from one of my state’s Senators, Rick Scott.

Last week, Senator Rick Scott joined his colleagues in supporting a resolution expressing support for the Pledge of Allegiance. The resolution passed the U.S. Senate with unanimous consent. 

On the Senate floor, Senator Rick Scott said, “The Left is trying to undo the foundational principles of this country, but freedom is fleeting and worth fighting for, and I won’t stop fighting for the country I was raised in.”

With measured civility and respect, uncommon traits within Senator Scott’s affiliations, I responded as follows:

“The Left is trying to undo the foundational principles of this country”…….Senator Scott, with all due respect, perhaps you ought to be looking within your own party and leadership for the ones who are undoing our foundational principles.  I no longer pledge allegiance to a piece of cloth – I pledge my allegiance to the ethics and moral leadership which has forged our country into the greatest nation on earth.  No need for rallies and folks wearing MAGA caps.  All that is necessary is to read about the history of our country, the sacrifices of its veterans, the service of its humble leaders.  I also will never stop fighting for the country I was raised in.

A proud Florida Democrat and patriot,

Larry P. Brown


Well, here it goes folks. WP is forcing an old dog to learn new tricks. Trust me, Gabby doesn’t adapt well, he growls when unhappy and bites when angry.

I tried to link to YouTube videos explaining how easy this new feature is, but, in the process lost my religion and scared the cats. So, today there will not be links to YouTube. And if the paragraph alignment makes no sense……don’t blame me.

So, I am going to curl up in bed and take a nap. Grrrrrrrrr!!!

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the magnificent kale


Kale is a member of the cabbage family Brassica oleracea.  Of all the super healthy greens, kale is acclaimed as king.  Some of the beneficial compounds in kale have powerful medicinal properties.

A single cup of raw kale ( 2.4 ounces) contains:

  • 206% of DV of vitamin A (daily required value)
  • 684% of DV of vitamin K
  • 134% of vitamin C
  • 9% of vitamin B-6
  • 26% of manganese
  • 9% of calcium
  • 10% of copper
  • 9% of potassium
  • 6% of magnesium

This 2.4 ounces also contains 3% or more of DV for thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, iron, and phosphorous.  This nutrient dense green contains very little fat, but that fat is mostly the healthy omega-3.  And it pumps another 3 grams of protein into your diet.

I love my kale cooked until tender in bacon grease and served over boiled potatoes.  However, as a salad vegetable, cut the leaves from the center rib, discard the rib which is very fibrous, chop the leaves into bite-sized pieces, rinse under cold water and sprinkle with a generous amount of salt massaging the salt into the kale.  It is tenderized and ready to use in your salad much like lettuce, spinach or curly endive.