Monday, August 27, 2018

August 18, 1920 - Let's Not Forget!

As writers, we often create heroines who are strong, vibrant, sincere women with the ability to think and reason on their own and who are single or married, working women or stay-a-home mothers and wives.

In history, August was a busy month for five mothers who bore sons who later became United States Presidents: Barack Obama, 44th U.S. President, on August 4, 1964; Herbert Hoover, 31st U.S. President, on August 10, 1874 (died 1964);  Bill Clinton, 42nd U.S. President, on August 19, 1946; Benjamin Harrison on August 20, 1833 (died 1901); and Lyndon Baines Johnson on August 22, 1908 (died 1973)

Lucy Stone
But while we salute these mothers from Kansas, Iowa, Arkansas, Ohio, and Texas who raised extraordinary sons, let us not forget a most important date in August, 98 years ago, that touched the lives of all women across America.

Thanks to the early efforts of women’s rights pioneers like Lucy Stone and Susan B. Anthony and many decades of a long, sometimes frightening fight, we would never have arrived at the momentous date of August 18, 1920 when the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting women the right to vote and granting them the responsibilities of citizenship.

Susan b. Anthony
   And this is not a right to be taken 
   lightly. Despite our party affiliation, despite our personal political
   issues, despite our like or dislike of our present legislators or
   President, we need to salute these brave, candid women who,
   when speaking out publicly for the emancipation of women
   and women's voting rights, were often heckled, spit on, 
   peppered with rotten vegetables, sprayed with water or jailed
    These women and other female activists and reformers paved
    the way for us under very violent and disrespectful circumstances. 
   They resisted those who disagreed, persisted, and won us 
   our rights as equal citizens of the United States.

As women writers, homemakers, technicians, clerical assistants, teachers, bankers, businesswomen, doctors, lawyers and the list goes on and on, we now owe it to these honest, forthright souls to carry on the tradition and utilize the rights they fought for. Please vote this year.  

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

BON APPETITE! Cheesy Stuffed Pepper Casserole

It's that time of year when our gardens are starting to provide an abundance of vegetables. Green peppers are one of them. For many, it's a love or hate relationship with this vegetable! I love peppers of all colors--green, red, and yellow--in salads. Here's a recipe that makes green peppers taste perfect. Sometimes I prefer to leave out the the corn.

Cheesy Stuffed Pepper Casserole
2 cups cooked rice
1 lb ground beef
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 large green peppers, diced
1/2 cup finely diced onion
29 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
3 (14 oz) cans tomato sauce
2 (14 oz) cans corn, drained
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Brown ground beef in a large stock pot, drain, remove from pan and set aside. Heat oil in stock pot on medium high heat and add green peppers and onion. Saute 5-10 minutes or until softened, stirring occasionally. To stock pot, add tomatoes, sauce, corn, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer five (5) minutes. Stir in rice and ground beef. Pour into a 9x13 baking dish. Top with shredded cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serves 10 - 12 people

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