“I thought she was a hard-headed realist,” Professor Plum grumbled as he walked into the mail room, “and then she goes and talks about love and kindness. Harrumph.”

He read the mail…. (More)

He paused to wink and then left with Ms. Scarlet to join the resident faculty in the wine cellar library, where they’ll spend the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”).

In the staff poker game, the Professor of Astrology Janitor felt flicked by the fickle finger of fate as the Seven of Clubs fell on the river. He had opened the pot by raising with a pair of red Queens, and Chef called. The flop brought the Queen and Eight of Clubs, along with the Ten of Diamonds. The Professor of Astrology Janitor checked his three Queens, hoping Chef would bet a weaker hand. She put in a pot-sized bet, and the Professor of Astrology Janitor guessed that she was semi-bluffing with a flush draw.

“I’m all-in,” he said, pushing his chips into the middle.

Chef paused to count her chips, then sighed. “I have to call for pot odds.”

The Professor of Astrology Janitor turned up his Queens and Chef showed her Ace and Ten of Clubs.

“Ouch,” Chef said. “I knew I was behind, but I hoped an Ace or another Ten would be enough to catch you. Now I need the flush.”

The turn brought the Jack of Hearts, giving Chef three more outs, as any non-Club King would make her an Ace-high straight. Instead, the Seven of Clubs on the river made her flush.

She patted the table kindly. “You played it right. I just got lucky.”

The Professor of Astrology Janitor nodded and patted the table in reply. “You played it right, too. Good hand.”

He began his signature plaintive mewling and Chef went to the kitchen to make Eggs Blindfolded over Garlic Cheddar Grits, leaving your lowly mail room clerk to review the week’s correspondence….


Dear Ms. Crissie,

Despite what you hear, we don’t need to make America great again. America has never stopped being great. But we do need to make America whole again. Instead of building walls, we need to be tearing down barriers. We need more love and kindness in our hearts and more respect for each other, even when we disagree.

Now, breaking down all the barriers means we also have to face the reality of systemic racism that more than a half a century after Rosa Parks sat and Dr. King marched and John Lewis bled, still plays a significant role in determining who gets ahead in America and who gets left behind.

Imagine what we can all build together when each and every American has the chance to live up to his or her potential. Imagine a tomorrow where no child grows up in the shadow of discrimination or under the specter of deportation. Imagine a tomorrow where every parent can find a good job and every grandparent can enjoy a secure retirement.

I met a voter here in a bakery. He was reading a Bible, studying First Corinthians 13, which happens to be one of my favorite passages. Love never fails, it tells us. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. These are words to live by, not only for ourselves but also for our country.

I know it sometimes seems a little odd for someone running for President these days, in this time, to say we need more love and kindness in America. But I’m telling you from the bottom of my heart, we do. We do. We have so much to look forward to. There is no doubt in my mind that America’s best years can be ahead of us. We have got to believe that. We’ve got to work for that. We have to stand with each other. We have to hold each other up. Lift each other up. Move together into the future that we will make.

Hillary from SC

Dear Hillary,

We applaud the caring and wisdom you showed in your victory speech. In a campaign season that seems dominated by ugly, divisive rhetoric and childish tantrums, your speech called out to the highest ideals of our or any nation. Thank you, sincerely, for reminding us that elections can be about something better.


Dear Ms. Crissie,

Wow, now I feel kinda … selfish … asking for Chef’s Eggs Blindfolded over Garlic Cheddar Grits recipe. So instead I’ll ask: how do you blindfold an egg if it has no eyes?

Eying Breakfast in Blogistan

Dear Eying Breakfast,

Chef notes that it’s not at all selfish to request her breakfast recipes, as she likes sharing. She says “eggs blindfolded” is a cooking technique that uses steam from melting ice to produce eggs that look fried but have the soft texture of poaching.

To make Eggs Blindfolded over Garlic Cheddar Grits, first prepare two servings of grits, adding a clove of crushed garlic and a pinch of black pepper to the boiling water, and then stirring in 3 Tablespoons of grated Cheddar cheese once the grits are softened. Next crack two eggs into a very lightly-greased skillet over medium heat. Once the whites begin to set, add ¼ cup of ice cubes to the pan, then cover and cook for about 2 minutes to finish the eggs. Slide the eggs atop one serving of grits, then repeat with two more eggs for the second serving. Chef garnishes hers with freshly chopped chives. Bon appétit!


Photo Credit: Joe Raedle (Getty Images)

Hillary from SC.

Eggs Blindfolded; Eggs Blindfolded over Garlic Cheddar Grits.


Happy Sunday!