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ur first computer, bought mainly for business use in 1982, was a Commodore 64, later known as "doorstops" with just a few still around for sentimental purposes (like the one Floyd has in the attic and won't throw out). We had two of them, and since they didn't have hard drives, we used two piggy-backed floppy drives on each one.  We skipped the Trash-80 era, and in '88  financed a made-to-order IBM compatible.  It cost four times as much as the average desk computer today, and had about a tenth of the speed and capacity.  I demoted the Commodore, attached to a Sears color monitor/TV combo, to the house, and programmed a kaleidoscope and periodic holiday greeting in Basic, along with a couple of tinkly Christmas carols, for under the tree that year. The internet was still a gleam in a few people's eyes, and Compuserve was an incomprehensible status symbol, a mystery to almost everyone except the adventurous and well-funded.   Why do I bring this up?  IBM's PC is celebrating its birthday on Sunday, August 19.  Everybody over 35 as well as the younger and curious, take a look back with Wired News.

A story of loss, hard times and comfort:  Aunt Amelia's Scrapbook.

See The Great Sausage Machine for a big laugh, printed with permission from the forum of ChefAl of Great World Chefs.

I always wanted to be a photographer.  I consider it a major art form.  I'd like to have a digital camera to take pictures of special dishes to accompany recipes listed in the Sneaky Kitchen file.  But.....  See Snapshots, which has a link to Early Brownie Shots

What was life like for early Pennsylvania mountain settlers and farmers in the 1800's?   A look at an early food distribution system in Walter Mill's piece, "In the Early Days of Spring".

Here's a story about my early years in Sarasota, Florida, Cool Dogs, more Cool (Spooky) Dogs (both delicious), and William Wegman.

Karen Danielson stirs things up at WQED's fundraiser cooking show with her "I for Italian" presentation.  We're so proud of her!  Take a look at another great moment of fame and a really great recipe.

Do dogs go to Heaven? I think I saw one do so in a dream.

Left on the Shelf is a story about my great-aunt, Amelia Hine, known as "Auntamee", and her regrets about what could have been, plus an idea of how life and food preparation was for women a century ago.

Next time you sit down to enjoy an excellent meal, take a moment and think, who do we owe?  A bit of nostalgia about the beginning of the Korean conflict, and a special link for Vietnam veterans or others grieving because of effects of that war.

Here's a history of Allapattah where we live, a community that's a "mix to the max", along with some stories and cuisine.

Sheila writes about a wise choice she made and the double satisfaction experienced as a result.  There's advice and some tales about breast feeding, too.

It's said that everyone has ten minutes of fame in their life.  Karen Danielson has outdone that mere ten. Read about one of her earlier efforts that paid off in a proud moment of fame and see her recipe for New England Clam Chowder.

Write your story: about sneaky ways to get better nutrition into your kids or other family members,  tell how someone learned to like a previously shunned food.   Share ways that you save money or time while providing a healthy diet, or any other story of life.

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