Professor Plum stood quietly for six minutes and twenty seconds in the mail room doorway…. (More)

He was echoing Emma Gonzalez’s stirring tribute in yesterday’s March for Our Lives, a silence that matched the duration of a murderous rampage that left 17 students dead in a Parkland, Florida high school last month.

Professor Plum then sat with Ms. Scarlet. There was no staff poker game, just quiet but hopeful conversation until Chef left to make Grits and Tomato Gravy, while your lowly mail room clerk reviewed the week’s correspondence….


Dear Ms. Crissie,

Barack in D.C.

Dear Mr. President,

We thank you and Michelle for speaking out in support of these amazing young citizens. Many Republicans dismiss them as too young to matter, but our other mail suggests the naysayers will get a wakeup call in November….


Dear Ms. Crissie,

Matt in NYC

Dear Matt,

We appreciate your noting this important fact. These protests have been momentous and they become truly transformative when coupled with voter registration, volunteer recruiting, and other grassroots activism. As Heather Digby Parton wrote last night:

Gun proliferation advocates vote on the issue. Maybe #NeverAgain will turn a new generation into people who vote on that issue too.

They don’t know that it’s hopeless.

So maybe it isn’t.

We note that an estimated 800,000 people marched in Washington D.C. yesterday – the largest one-day protest in the city’s history, and more than attended the God-King’s apotheosis – and early estimates suggest at least 200,000 marched in other cities across the U.S., including 20,000 in Parkland, Florida alone. They clearly do not feel hopeless … and their hope should inspire all of us.


Dear Ms. Crissie,

Is Grits and Tomato Gravy a special Florida recipe? You’ve told us how Chef makes grits, but how does she make the gravy?

Gritty for Breakfast in Blogistan

Dear Squirrel,

Grits and Tomato Gravy is a traditional breakfast across the southeastern U.S., including Florida. To make the gravy, Chef first browns 1 pound of bacon in a skillet. She puts the bacon on a paper towel to drain and leaves the drippings in the skillet, using a wooden spatula to scrape free any bits that have stuck to the skillet. She then adds 1 teaspoon of butter and 2 tablespoons of flour to make a roux and, once it begins to thicken, stirs in 2 28-ounce cans of whole tomatoes using the spatula to break the tomatoes into chunks. She seasons the gravy with salt and pepper, then adds 1 3-ounce package of softened cream cheese and ½ cup of heavy cream, stirring gently for about 10 minutes until the gravy has thickened. Finally, she crumbles the bacon into the gravy and serves it over the grits. Bon appétit!


Photo Credit: Michael Reynolds (EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Emma Gonzalez’s stirring tribute.

Barack in D.C..

Matt in NYC; Heather Digby Parton; 800,000 people marched in Washington D.C. yesterday; at least 200,000 marched in other cities across the U.S.

Grits and Tomato Gravy.


Happy Sunday!